Today, Leopard Pro Cycling was acting on two fronts. One part of the team had a tough day at the difficult Tour du Doubs, whereas Filip Maciejuk went all-out in the Chrono Champenois, a 33,4 kilometer long indivdual time trial.
Active Leopard forgets to reward itself at Tour du Doubs
Only focussed faces this morning in Morteau at the start line of the Tour du Doubs. With a difficult 188,7 kilometer long and hilly race on the menu which is part of the - for the French teams very important - Coupe the France, the riders knew that they would be in for a tough day at the office. Right after the start, Leopard Pro Cycling showed that it wanted to get involved in the action as Charlie Quarterman immediately attacked from the front row. In a hectic periode, in which Luc Wirtgen had to change this bike early on, one saw Quarterman being reeled back in, but his Leopard teammate Gaëtan Pons took over in a front group of five riders that were allowed to head up the road.
With AG2R-La Mondiale controlling the pace in the peloton, the leaders grew a lead up to a maximum of 3 minutes 40. However, the attack would not stand too long. After the first GPM of the day also Direct Energie moved up to the front of the peloton and increased the pace drastically. The lead of the five in front began to shrink and at 63 kilometers from the finish line, all came back together.
With Romain Sicard leading out, some new attacks took place which tore the peloton into pieces. Different groups established themselves with five strong guys in front with Romain Bardet involved. Unfortunately for Leopard Pro Cycling, no rider was present in the first chasing group of about twenty riders that followed at one minute from the leaders. On the last climb of the day, these leaders attacked eachother a lot without any success. In the final descent, Romain Bardet attacked but crashed and therefore three of the five leaders were left in the final kilometers and it was Julien Simon (Cofidis) who took the win in front of Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ) and Rein Taaramäe (Direct Energe). For Leopard, Szymon Rekita rode a very strong final climb and descent and limited the damage by finishing as 23rd just over one minute after the winner.
Results Tour du Doubs (UCI 1.1)
23. Szymon Rekita (POL) +1'16"
45. Pit Leyder (LUX) + 4'09"
46. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) + 4'09"
75. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 15'30"
DNF. Charlie Quarterman (GBR)
DNF. Gaëtan Pons (LUX)
Solid performance by Polish U23 Time Trial champion
Meanwhile, Filip Maciejuk also raced on French roads as he took part in the Chrono Champenois, an individual time trial about 300 kilometers northwest from the Tour du Doubs region. Eightteen riders took part in the 33,4 kilometers long time trial, which was dominated by the Danish riders who found themselves back in postion one, two and four. The win went to Martin Toft Madsen as he completed the course in 39'32", which meant an average speed of 50.691 kilometers per hour. Filip represented Leopard with a solid result, clocking the eighth best time, 2'27" down to Toft Madsen and averaging 47,733 kilometers per hour.
Result Chrono Champenois
8. Filip Maciejuk (POL) + 2'27"