Nationals recap: 6 medals & strong performances
Two national titles, four more podium finishes and countless strong performances. Leopard Pro Cycling can look back on a very satisfying nationals week.
The nationals week could not have started better for Leopard Pro Cycling, since the first race immediately brought a national champions jersey to the team. Filip Maciejuk showed a massive performance, by finishing second in the Elite Polish Time Trial Championships, amongst the WorldTour riders. By doing so, the youngster was able to claim the national jersey in the U23 category.
Motivated by this result, the Luxembourgish youngsters quickly followed one day later at their time trial nationals. It was 21-year-old Arthur Kluckers who took the win in the U23 category, 19 seconds ahead oforff his teammate Loïc Bettend. With Mats Wenzel and Cedric Pries in respectively 4th and 5th, Leopard Pro Cycling dominated the race.
On Saturday, Miguel Heidemann wanted to be part of the success as well. In the German National Time Trial Championships, the 23-year-old was able to set the second best time, only to be beaten by time trial-legend Tony Martin. This truly amazing result led to a well-deserved silver medal for the German.
On Sunday, the road races took place. In Luxembourg, Loïc Bettendorff was able to take home the second podium finish of the week. This time, the Leopard Pro Cycling rider crossed the line as third in the Elite Luxembourgish Championships. Also Arthur Kluckers (8th) and Cedric Pries (11th) were very much part of the group that decided for the victory.
Finally, we are heading to The Netherlands, were Jan Maas made sure the Leopard Pro Cycling colors were clearly visible. The in-form Dutchman was part of the breakaway group for the entirety of the very demanding race. Unfortunately, Jan missed the deciding move, but did continue his strive for a proper result. In the end, his eighth position is a result to be more than proud of.
Leopard Pro Cycling concluded the nationals week with two wins, four second places, one bronze medal, three more top five finishes and two top ten results.
1st | U23 ITT Luxembourg | Arthur Kluckers
1st | U23 ITT Poland | Filip Maciejuk
2nd | Elite RR Germany | Miguel Heidemann
2nd | Elite ITT Poland | Filip Maciejuk
2nd | U23 ITT Luxembourg | Loïc Bettendorff
3rd | Elite RR Luxembourg | Loïc Bettendorff
4th | U23 ITT Luxembourg | Mats Wenzel
5th | U23 RR Poland | Filip Maciejuk
5th | U23 ITT Luxembourg | Cedric Pries
8th | Elite RR The Netherlands | Jan Maas
8th | Elite RR Luxembourg | Arthur Kluckers
11th | Elite ITT The Netherlands | Jarno Mobach
11th | Elite RR Luxembourg | Cedric Pries
11th | Elite ITT Luxembourg | Colin Heiderscheid
15th | Elite RR Luxembourg | Mats Wenzel
19th | Elite ITT Germany | Patrick Haller
20th | Elite RR Sweden | Edvin Lovidus
27th | Elite RR Poland | Filip Maciejuk
43rd | Elite RR Germany | Tim Torn Teutenberg
78th | Elite ITT France | Louis Coqueret
DNF | Elite RR France | Louis Coqueret
DNF | Elite RR Germany | Patrick Haller & Miguel Heidemann
DNF | Elite RR The Netherlands | Jarno Mobach
04.07 | 2 Districtenpijl - Ekeren-Deurne | Belgium | UCI 1.2
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