With just a few races left on the calendar, Leopard Pro Cycling starts its end of year campaign at Tour du Doubs, a UCI 1.1 race in the Bourgogne region, close to the border with Switzerland.
ROSTER: Alexander Krieger, Pit Leyder, Gaëtan Pons, Szymon Rekita, Charlie Quarterman, Mario Spengler & Luc Wirtgen - DS: Markus Zingen
After the very familiar words of host Daniel Mangeas, the peloton will Sunday at 11h45 get on its way in the 31st edition of the Tour du Doubs. In the first few kilometers the race heads towards the northeast, before turning to southwest again after 20 kilometers of racing. From this point on things will get interesting, starting with a descent before the roads go up until the first GPM of the day is reached, the Col du Tonet with its top after 70,5 kilometers of racing. After a short downhill section the race quickly arrives at the bottom of the Montagne de la Chaux, the second GPM of the day. From here, the roads tend to go up and down all the way long with the last 50 kilometer in a slight incline with some short descents. Whoever is still in contention for the win at this point will have to be in a good position at Le Larmont, the final climb of the day. Since the top of this GPM is posted at 6 kilometers from the finish, here is where the final outcome of the race will most probably be decided. With only a descent to the finish line in Pontarlier left, there is not much time to come back to the front to the race.
At Tour du Doubs, Leopard Pro Cycling is one of the sixteen participating teams. Next to the Luxembourgish UCI Continental Team, one also finds the well-known French teams at the start line such as AG2R-La Mondiale, Groupama-FDJ, Cofidis and Direct Energie. Leopard comes to the race with a strong line-up that will try to have an impact on the outcome of the race and battle the likes of amongst others Romain Bardet and Lilian Calmejane. One of the seven riders that will represent the Leopard colours is Pit Leyder, who just came back after a solid Tour de l'Avenir with the Luxembourgish National Team.
Pit Leyder: "I am looking forward to seeing my Leopard team mates again after about one month. The Tour de l'Avenir went quite well for the Luxembourgish National Team, we had two top 3 finishes in the stages and we had one rider in the top ten of the GC, so we can be happy with the performance. Even if I didn't get a top result myself, I was satisfied and I enjoyed myself during the race. At the Tour du Doubs, we will again find a very hard race with a hilly profile and some strong teams at the start line. We come to the race with a very strong line-up ourselves and the profile should suit us very well, so we can expect a lot from the race."