BAGS OF MONEY

Procycling - - THE BIG INTERVIEW -

CCC is a bag and footwear re­tailer, with 450 stores in Poland alone and 550 more across Cen­tral and Eastern Europe, mak­ing it Europe’s sec­ond big­gest shoe re­tailer. Plans are afoot to open a fur­ther 200 stores, par­tic­u­larly in the Mid­dle East as well as Mex­ico.

Owner Dar­iusz Mi¯ek is said to be Poland’s fourth rich­est in­di­vid­ual, with a per­sonal for­tune of over one bil­lion Eu­ros. He was brie"ly a pro­fes­sional rider, but gave up af­ter a se­ries of crashes and in­juries. “Which was bad news for his ca­reer,” ob­serves Piotr Wadecki with a wry grin, “but which was for­tu­nate for the team.”

A huge cy­cling fan, CCC’s owner has taken a keen in­ter­est in the new World­Tour squad. “Wadecki might be the front­man in the ne­go­ta­tions but it’s al­ways Mi¯ek who calls the shots”, says Przeglad Spor­towy’s Wol­nicki.

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