Today, the big final of the Deutschland Tour took place. In a stage that went from Lorsch to Stuttgart over a distance of 207 kilometers, the Leopard Pro Cycling riders again gave it their all, but where unable to answer the attacks of the big guys. However, the team concludes the race with a very positive feeling.
"We can be really proud of what we showed during the Deutschland Tour."
Today's stage in the Deutschland Tour took the riders to Stuttgart - Leopard's Alexander Krieger home town - over a rather flat route, but with two nasty kicks close to the finish line. With the top riders in the GC just seperated by seconds, one could expect a real man-to-man battle. Just after noon, the race started and we saw a breakaway group of three, consisting of Kyrienka (Sky), Cavagna (Quick Step) and Bonifazio (Bahrain). The latter decided to wait for the bunch, whereas the two others quickly created a gap of 6'30". Making their way into the city of Stuttgart, the Bahrain-Merida and BORA-hansgrohe teams controlled the race and also brought back Leopard's Jens Reynders easily when he tried to launch a counter-attack with 25 kilometers to go.
Due to the hard pace and the tough final stretches of the Deutschland Tour, the bunch reduced in quantity every kilometer. Coming into the final local lap, Leopard's Szymon Rekita and Alexander Krieger were well positioned in front, but also had to pass when the big guns attacked on the climb of the Herdweg. Two groups merged into one and sixteen riders battled for the victory which went to Katusha's Nils Politt. In 21st and 24th place, Alexander Krieger and Szymon Rekita rolled in as two of the first chasers and they finished the Deutschland Tour in a good overall position, being by far the best two UCI Continental Tour riders in the GC.
Markus Zingen, DS: "To close off the Deutschland Tour, we wanted to position ourselves in the breakaway one more time. Unfortunately, when the attackers went up the road, we just missed out. Because Kiryienka and Cavagna did an increbile job today, the pace was really high all day. If you combine this with the tough, but beautiful circuit with a lot of spectators and the fact that the riders were still really close in the GC, you can imagine that today's stage was never going to be easy. In the end the expected attacks took place and it became an elimination race once again. Alexander just missed a few percent to be present in the front group and the same goes for Szymon. We can be really proud of what we showed during the Deutschland Tour. We rode active with a lot of attacks, had a top 5 finish, wore the KOM jersey and made good advertisement for the cycling sport. All in all, we really enjoyed these four days at this race and we are looking forward to take the good momentum with us to the upcoming races."
Result Stage 5
21. Alexander Krieger (GER) + 0'27"
24. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 0'27"
75. Jan Brockhoff (GER) + 8'11"
76. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 8'11"
96. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 8'11"
102. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 10'10"
General Classification after Stage 5
20. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 1'21"
38. Alexander Krieger (GER) + 5'17"
85. Jan Brockhoff (GER) + 28'32"
89. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 31'49"
95. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 33'47"
99. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 35'43"