cycling news / 7th for Jan Brockhoff at GP Criquielion

It has been a busy weekend for Leopard Pro Cycling. Whilst Charlie Quarterman, Pit Schlechter and Alexander Krieger all were active at local races, the team also participated in the GP Criquielion in Belgium. In this UCI 1.2 race, Jan Brockhoff crossed the line in seventh place.

Directly from the start, the team showed that they were willing to go all in to come back home with a top result. Quickly the group of the day went away. In this group were no less that three riders from Leopard with Aksel Nõmmela, Jan Brockhoff and John Mandrysch! Unfortunately, Szymon was not able to join them as he punctured when the front group was formed. It goes without saying that this situation was to the liking of the entire Leopard outfit.

As the front group had quite a few good riders in it, the peloton did not let them go too far in the beginning. The pack managed to keep the gap around the one minute mark, but later the advantage grew further as most teams had a rider in the leading group. It soon became clear that the winner of the 2017 GP Criquielion was part of the attackers. From here, the battle for the victory began and some smaller groups tried there luck. Also Aksel Nõmmela was very active, but everything came back together.

Jan Brockhoff had more luck as he was able to get a solid lead with seven other riders, a group that was reduced to only five – with Jan – after the last climb of the day. The guys that were dropped somehow managed to come back once again in the kilometers approaching the finish line, which meant that the eight in front were going to sprint for the victory. Jan took the initiative, but opened maybe a bit too early. This resulted in a 7th place at the finish, a good result that maybe could have been better. In the end, Aksel Nõmmela came in 15th and John Mandrysch took 22nd after some weeks without racing.

Jan Brockhoff: “I think we did a very good race here at Criquielion. We had three guys in the front group that was able to stay away. It was very impressive from John after a long period without any races. In the break, Aksel and I tried to cover the attacks on the final circuit and luckily I found myself back in the right move. However, I am really disappointed with the result because I was confident to reach a top result from this group. I started my sprint to early, which was a big mistake. Therefore, the race was 50 meters too long. After working hard in the breakaway, I would have liked to bring a better result home for Leopard Pro Cycling.”

Markus Zingen: “The guys rode really active today. It was good to see three guys in the leading group, which was a perfect situation for us. In the end it’s a pity that Jan ‘only’ finished in seventh. He definitely would have deserved at least a place on the podium after a very good race. However, this is not the case, maybe next time. I’m happy with todays performace, everything is going into the right direction for the upcoming Flèche du Sud and Škoda Tour de Luxembourg.”

Local races
The Leopard Pro Cycling riders were not only active at the GP Criquielion. Three riders represented the Leopard colours in Great-Britain, Luxembourg and Germany.

  • Charlie Quarterman was active at the Lincoln Grand Prix. The young Brit had a tough day in the saddle and finished in what was left of the peloton: 43rd.
  • In Hosingen, Pit Schlechter took part at the GP Diekirch, a 84 kilometers long circuit race. Pit went away with two other riders and he beat them both: 1st.
  • Our most consistent rider of the season, Alexander Krieger, found himself at the start line of the Erzgebirgsrundfahrt. In the end, Alexander was one of the first finishers at this German Bundesliga race: 6th.