cycling news / 2nd place and best Luxembourger at Flèche du Sud
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF LEOPARD PRO CYCLING’S SEASON HAS STARTED WITH THE FLÈCHE DU SUD IN LUXEMBOURG. TODAY ALEXANDER KRIEGER FINISHED SECOND IN THE BUNCH SPRINT IN THE STREETS OF RUMELANGE.
Podium spot in second stage after disappointing start
Yesterday the Flèche du Sud started with a stage in and around Berbourg. When two attackers hit the road right after the start, the peloton saw no danger in this move. The two in front were able to build a good lead, but the peloton was able to keep good control. In the background Leopard’s Luc Wirtgen took two times the third position on the KOM sprints and the team had everything under control. As the race approached the deep final, everything changed into bad luck. Just before the race entered the last lap, Szymon Rekita and Jens Reynders were involved in a crash. Since the leaders were caught at this point, the winner would be decided in a bunch sprint. In this sprint, Alexander Krieger was just able to avoid a crash by jumping to the side and by doing so, he punctured. In the end, Leopard ‘only’ took the leaders jersey of best Luxembourgish rider with its youngster Luc Wirtgen.
Today was a very controlled day. There was again a front group of two with a maximum advantage of 3’30”, but they had no chance against the peloton that had control all day. In the final there were still some attacks, also Leopard’s Luc Wirtgen tried his luck, but no one was able to suprise the pack. A bunch sprint in the streets of Rumelange was on its way and Alexander Krieger was again able to position himself well. In a real battle, the German only was beaten by winner Filippo Fortin and thus finished in second place. A very satisfying and motivating result prior to the queens stage of tomorrow.
Alexander Krieger: “I am happy to finish second in today’s stage at the Flèche du Sud. The fact that I have not been on my bike for three weeks in April makes me even more satisfied. I am curious to see what the team can do tomorrow in the queens stage.”
GC with three stages to go
19. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) s.t.
31. Pit Leyder (LUX) s.t.
49. Alexander Krieger (GER) s.t.
60. Mario Spengler (SUI) s.t.
94. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 0’21”
107. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 2’14”