Yesterday, the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro took place, a 210 kilometers long race between Coesfeld and Münster. The race in which Alexander Krieger finished in a very good 7th position marked the end of Leopard Pro Cycling's season.
Impressive result after kilometers long chase
Early in the race, six riders went up the road and they quickly build a lead to the bunch, not knowing what they were going to face in the next kilometers. Strong winds took place, tearing the peloton apart and making the race really hard. Because of this, the six in front were reeled in with still 80 kilometers to the finish line in the city center of Münster. As Lotto Soudal ripped the peloton apart, the Leopard Pro Cycling riders and many others were surprised and forced to chase. Luckily for Leopard, Alexander Krieger was able to bridge the 45 second gap back to the front together with Boasson Hagen and Gaviria, so that thirty strong riders formed the front of the race.
Some attacks took place as the race approached the deep final, but in the three local laps in Münster, the 'bunch' kept all under control. BORA-hansgrohe took the lead into the final sprint but their sprinter Pascal Ackermann was beaten by amongst others Max Walscheid and John Degenkolb as the Germans took first and second. Not far back, Alexander Krieger sprinted to seventh, adding another solid top ten to his already impressive results this season.
Alexander Krieger: "After the breakaway went everything was controlled. It made the race easier, but still everyone expected some crosswind action coming up. However, I still was a bit surprised when I just came back after a natural break. Suddenly we turned left, Lotto Soudal went full gas and the peloton ripped apart. I was in the second part and we chased for so many kilometers with a gap of about 30-40 seconds. Quick Step ordered some guys back from the first group to get Gaviria - who was with me - back to the front. As I wanted to fight for the win, I saw my chances going down the river, but when all helpers pulled off to the side after their work, Boasson Hagen attacked and only me and Gaviria could follow. Together we bridged to the first group, which made me happy as I was able to sprint for the win. Unfortunately, I was a bit blocked on the right side of the road. I am glad with the 7th place and it's a very good way to end the season. I am going into the off-season with knowing that I am one of the strongest Continental ridersin the peloton, which makes me happy."
Results Sparkassen Münsterland Giro (UCI 1.HC)
7. Alexander Krieger (GER) s.t.
53. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 3'03"
69. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 13'15"
77. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 13'15"
80. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 13'15"
DNF. Konrad Gessner (GER)