Yesterday, Leopard Pro Cycling was active in Belgium at the GP Jef Scherens. This Belgian UCI 1.1 race turned out to be an elimination race in which Alexander Krieger was able to sprint to a very solid ninth position.
Another top ten result to add to Krieger's already extenisve list
Right from the gun five riders formed a front group and amongst them was ex-Leopard rider Dennis Coenen. Thanks to a good cooperation their lead went up to about three minutes after 65 kilometers of racing. Being controlled by the Trek-Segafredo team, the peloton increased its pace ever so slightly and with 25 kilometers to go, the leaders were brought back. This meant that countless attacks took place on the difficult circuit and also the Leopard riders tried to be involved, however unsuccessfully. Only three strong riders managed to form a new leading group, but they also were caught with the finish line approaching. In the deciding bunch sprint finish, Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) took the win in his home town, just in front of Jonas Van Genechten (Vital Concept) and last year's winner Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). Alexander Krieger was the first Leopard Pro Cycling rider to cross the line in ninth.
Markus Zingen, DS: "Like always, the GP Jef Scherens was an elimination race which had the strongest riders competing for the victory in the end. There were a lot of good teams and riders at the start, but the guys did a good job. We are happy to see that Alexander finished in ninth place after his recent crash in training and the following rest period. We can look forward with positive minds to the next races that are approaching quickly."
Results GP Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven (UCI 1.1)
9. Alexander Krieger (GER) s.t.
37. Jens Reynders (BEL) s.t.
38. Szymon Rekita (POL) s.t.
61. Filip Maciejuk (POL) + 1'32"
DNF. Mario Spengler (SUI)
DNF. Jan Brockhoff (GER)
DNF. Gaëtan Pons (LUX)
Meanwhile, Leopard's young Luxembourgers Pit Leyder and Luc Wirtgen were representing the Luxembourgish National Team at the Tour de Moselle, a three day stage race close to home and even visiting Luxembourg for a short period of time.
Active Leopard Pro Cycling riders at Tour de Moselle
In the first stage, both Leopard riders showed their ambitions as Leyder was part of the early breakaway and Wirtgen finishing in the front group of only eightteen riders, giving him a very good starting position for the remainder of the tour. Things started to only look better after Team Luxembourg finished fifth in the team time trial on the morning of day two.
Then, Pit Leyder was again present in the breakaway group of the stage that took place in the afternoon and on Luxembourgish roads. Unfortunately, his front group was not able to hold their lead, but Pit gathered some much needed points for the points jersey. He defended this jersey until the end of the race as he was again present in a breakaway group on the final day. When the bunch broke into pieces due to the hard pace on the numerous climbs, both Leopard riders were attentive and to be found in the first part of the race. After a hard final, with a lot of movements, Luc Wirtgen was able to improve on his already good GC position, ending the race in fifth overall, as second young rider and as winner of the Grand Est classification.
Results Tour de Moselle
5. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) + 1'26" - winner Grand Est classification, 2nd Young Riders classification
25. Pit Leyder (LUX) + 6'40" - winner Points classification