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Heiderscheid & Leyder strengthen Leopard's Luxembourgish core

Leopard Pro Cycling is happy to announce the signings of Colin Heiderscheid and Misch Leyder for the 2019 season. With the signing of the young prospects, Leopard strengthens its Luxembourgish core.

Leopard Pro Cycling's 2019 core takes shape

Colin Heiderscheid (20) can be described as a sprinter who likes technical and hectic races with cobblestones. Last year, Heiderscheid rode for the German Dauner D&DQ-Akkon team and he was able to show his fast legs on several occassions. He sprinted two times to a fifth position, at the Flèche du Sud and at the GP Pérenchies. In the closing stages of the season, Heiderscheid took a very strong third place in the bunch sprint of stage five of the Tour de l'Avenir, the mini-Tour de France. As a junior, Heiderscheid performed already very well in the sprints at for example the well-known Niedersachsen Rundfahrt. With Heiderscheid, Leopard can come even more confident into bunch sprint finishes.

Colin Heiderscheid: "I am happy to join Leopard Pro Cycling in 2019. I think it's a perfect team for me to keep developing and if you look at the race calendar, you will find many races that are to my liking. At Leopard I expect to improve my sprinting and climbing abilities. Besides, I want to gain a lot of experience and as a result have better performances. I didn't set any specific goals yet for 2019, but I am highly motivated to get back to racing with the new team."

In 2019, Misch Leyder (19) will join his older brother Pit at Leopard Pro Cycling. Leyder is a very complete rider that likes hilly races with a lot of climbing. Besides, also the classic races with small roads and cobbles are amongst his favorites as Leyder excells in the fight for positioning thanks to his technical abilities. Those abilities led him amongst others to the 13th place at the Junior World Championships in Bergen (2017). In that season he also was able to take the win in the last stage in the well-valued Ronde des Vallées, taking eighth overall. At the GP Général Patton - a Luxembourgish UCI Nations Cup race - and at the Junior European Championhips Leyder took respectively the fourth and twentieth positions. For Leyder, 2019 is dedicated to continue his growth and gain experience.

Misch Leyder: "I am looking forward to join Leopard Pro Cycling. I think it's a well-balanced team with some more experienced riders and young riders like myself can learn a lot from them. At Leopard I aim to develop myself as a rider since it will be my first year as a Continental rider. I want to try myself out at different types of races and support the team in the best way possible in the process. Of course I also look forward to race with my brother in the same team after all those training hours together. Because of him I already got to know some riders in the team and I saw how the team operates. This will also help me a lot coming into the new season."

Markus Zingen, Team Manager: "At Leopard Pro Cycling, we always want to support the talented Luxembourgish youth. Therefore the signing of Colin and Misch is a logical one. We followed both guys already quite a while and we are convinced about their talent. With us they get the opportunity to further develop and we will support them with our experience in talent development. I am looking forward to coming to the sprints with Colin, as he has shown his fast legs on several occassions in the past. Misch has also great potential. He is a very complete rider and we would be happy to see him progress just like his brother Pit."

Leopard Pro Cycling 2019*
GER - Konrad Gessner
LUX - Colin Heiderscheid
GER - Alexander Krieger
LUX - Misch Leyder
LUX - Pit Leyder
POL - Filip Maciejuk
LUX - Gaëtan Pons
POL - Szymon Rekita
LUX - Pit Schlechter
SUI - Mario Spengler

* Four new riders will be announced later