Ready for racing on Belgian roads at Triptyque des Monts & Châteaux
The first days of April traditionally means that Leopard Pro Cycling travels to Belgium for one of the most highly-rated races on the U23 calendar.
Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux (UCI 2.2U)
01.04 | Stage 1 | Antoing – Mont Saint-Aubert | 131.7 km
02.04 | Stage 2 | Bernissart – Tertre | 169.9 km
03.04 | Stage 3 | Wodecq – Wodecq ITT | 14.2 km
03.04 | Stage 4 | Ellezelles – Frasnes-lez-Anvaing | 95.7 km
The riders will be thrown I the deep end right away as day one of the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux will already be a very important one in the GC battle. This opening 132 kilometer long stage features two ascents of the Mont Saint-Aubert, the final one for the stage victory. With 2.5 kilometres of climbing at an average gradient of 4.8% and a maximum of 12.1%, there a possibilities to tear things up.
Stage two looks a bit easier on paper, but still the final offers some tough roads where perhaps the strongest riders will be able to create a gap. If the stage ends up in a bunch sprint finish, it is for the sprinters important to pay attention to a perfect timing, since the final meters will be slightly uphill.
On Sunday, the peloton needs to ride two stage. In the morning there is a 14.2 kilometer long time trial on very undulating roads, which will be huge for the GC contenders. However, the stage in the afternoon will be even more important. On the road to the finish line in Frasnes-lez-Anvaing, many short and steep climbs need to be covered. With the finish line on the Côte du Beau-Site (1.2 kilometers at a 7.8% average gradient), it will be no surprise that again a very talented rider will be winning the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux.
Who are riding?
Louis Coqueret (FRA), Arthur Kluckers (LUX), Cedric Pries (LUX) and Tim Torn Teutenberg (GER) - DS: Markus Zingen (GER) & Gaëtan Pons (LUX)