Today, the first stage of the long awaited Deutschland Tour took place. After a 157 kilometer long stage from Koblenz to Bonn - with Leopard's Jens Reynders in the breakaway - Quick Step's Alvaro Hodeg took the win. Alexander Krieger sprinted to fifth.
Leopard Pro Cycling shows itself in opening stage
Joined and cheered on by a great crowd along the route, the Leopard Pro Cycling riders were able to make themselves noticed during day one of the Deutschland Tour. After 20 kilometers of racing, a front group of six riders - with Leopard Pro Cycling's Jens Reynders in it - already had an advantage of almost three minutes to the bunch. As the peloton was controlled by the teams of BORA-hansgrohe (Ackermann), Lotto Soudal (Greipel) and Quick Step (Hodeg), the break was never able to establish a very big gap. When the race hit the only obstacle of the day, the Hohn climb, the peloton came already quite close, but Reynders was able to stay in front with two of his fellow attackers: Kevin van Melsen (Wanty) and Jorge Arcas (Movistar). Before being reeled in, Leopard's Belgian won the bonification sprint which placed him as fourth in the GC. With a final straight of about 2,5 kilometers long left, the bunch prepared for a mass sprint finish in which Alexander Krieger did Leopard proud by fiercly sprinting to fifth place.
Alexander Krieger: "Today was a satisfying day for us. Of course we had Jens in the breakaway - he did a very good job - and then I was able to finish fifth, a good result. When the finish line would have been a few meters further, more was possible, but that is racing. During the stage we did well, it was a great day with a lot of fans cheering alongside the route. For the coming days we will see day by day what the plan is."
Jens Reynders: "In the beginning of the stage I found myself in a move with Team Sky's Luke Rowe. The bunch pulled us back and then I tried another attack. At this point, the six man breakaway was formed and we rode well together for quite a while. After the only climb of the day, there were only three of us remaining and in the end we were only with two. I wanted to go for the KOM jersey, but unfortunately I made a mistake which ruined my chances. As I was able to take the bonification sprint, I am now fourth in the GC. I am happy that I was able to show that I more than capable to mix in with the strongest teams and riders."
Result Stage 1
5. Alexander Krieger (GER) s.t.
54. Szymon Rekita (POL) s.t.
66. Jens Reynders (BEL) s.t.
82. Mario Spengler (SUI) s.t.
90. Jan Brockhoff (GER) s.t.
93. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) s.t.
General Classification after Stage 1
4. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 0'07"
8. Alexander Krieger (GER) + 0'10"
57. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 0'10"
83. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 0'10"
91. Jan Brockhoff (GER) + 0'10"
94. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 0'10"