At the Famenne Ardenne Classic, a difficult Belgian UCI 1.1 race with lots of climbing and altitude meters, Leopard Pro Cycling's Alexander Krieger rode again to a very good top ten place. The German sprinted to a sixth position in the streets of Marche-en-Famenne.
Attackers surprise bunch after very controlled race
One would expect a chaotic start to the Famenne Ardenne Classic, but this was not the case at all. The riders started relatively easy to the race and one had to wait to after the first climb of the day - the Côte de Dochamps - when three riders took their chance. The three immediately formed the right break and their lead went up to no less than seven minutes. The peloton was led by Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Lotto Soudal and Vital Concept and had the situation under control. With 50 kilometers to go, the bunch started to accelerate and the lead of the trio in front quickly went down. A real elimination race started and some counter attacks took place. However, with eleven kilometers to the finish line all was back together.
On the final uphill meters of the Côte de Charneux new attacks took place and Guillaume Boivin (Israel Cycling Academy) and Quentin Pacher (Vital Concept) created a small but big enough gap to the peloton. The two leaders crossed the finish line in this order, right before Danny Van Poppel (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Leopard's Alexander Krieger sprinted to respectively third and sixth.
Results Famenne Ardenne Classic (UCI 1.1)
6. Alexander Krieger (GER) s.t.
32. Szymon Rekita (POL) s.t.
66. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 7'36"
99. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) +11'22"
DNF. Mario Spengler (SUI)
DNF. Charlie Quarterman (GBR)