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Race preview: GP Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven

Tomorrow Leopard Pro Cycling takes on the GP Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven, a difficult UCI 1.1 race in Belgium with lots of hills that can cause a change in the race scenario lap after lap. 

ROSTER: Jan Brockhoff, Alexander Krieger, Filip Maciejuk, Gaëtan Pons, Szymon Rekita, Jens Reynders & Mario Spengler - DS: Markus Zingen

When the race calendar says mid September, it's traditionally time for the GP Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven. The race heads into its 52nd edition this year and can always count of a lot of publicity, especially since it's part of the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup. Being the 8th race in this competition, one can expect a real battle for not only the win, but also for the lead in the overall ranking. The GP Jef Scherens is a 186 kilometer long race, divided into 13 laps of about fourteen kilometers each. After the team presentation at the Grote Markt in Leuven, the start will be given at 12h30, sending the riders immediately up the first climb on the circuit, the Keizersberg (390 meters at 6,5%). Five kilometers later, the Lüdenscheidsingel (1200 meters at 3%) will be next and after the descent, the Wijnpersstraat (350 meters at 9%) will already be in front of the riders wheels. At the top of the Naamsevest (415 meters at 3%) - the last climb on the circuit -, there are only about 1500 meters left to the finish line. Repeat this thirteen times and you have a not to underestimated race.

Last year, Leopard Pro Cycling showed itself by having Szymon Rekita and Alexander Krieger both in some counter-attacks. In the end, all came back together for a bunch sprint, in which Alexander Krieger managed to cross the line in eighth position. Both Rekita and Krieger are also present this year and together with the five other Leopard riders, they are more than eager to show themselves to the crowds and the cameras of VTM, RTBF and Eurosport. In Leuven there will be three WorldTour, nine Pro Continental and 11 Continental teams at the start line, making the peloton 159 riders strong. For Leopard Pro Cycling, the competition will be strong, but the riders did already show this entire season that they are more than capable of competing with the best. One rider that is very motivated is Belgian Jens Reynders, who races close to his home roads.

Jens Reynders: "I am really looking forward to the race as I will be racing on roads that are not far away from home. I don't have that good memories to the GP Jef Scherens, as last year I was not able to finish the race due to what turned out to be the Eppstein-Barr Virus. Now, I don't have any difficulties and I just hope for good legs tomorrow. The circuit looks good to me and I should be able to show myself. I want to play a role in the final of the race."