cycling news / Alexander Krieger moves up to 4th at Tour de Normandie
TAKING FOURTH ON THE QUEEN STAGE OF THE TOUR DE NORMANDIE, IT’S SOMETHING ALEXANDER KRIEGER PERHAPS WOULD HAVE SIGNED FOR BEFORE THE TOUR DE NORMANDIE. NOW, WITH TWO DAYS TO GO, MORE IS POSSIBLE. THE GERMAN FROM LEOPARD PRO CYCLING IS ONLY FIVE SECONDS BEHIND RACE LEADER THOMAS STEWART.
Luck finally at Leopard Pro Cycling’s side
At 12h20, the fifth stage of the Tour de Normandie began in the streets of Villers Bocage. Combining the fact that the weather was not that great and the fact that stage four was marked as the queen stage of this year’s edition, the riders could expect a hell of a ride. Not long after the start sign, six riders went clear and they quickly gained a bonus of about 2’50”. However, as quick as this lead was made, it also was closed meaning that somewhat half race – when the rain took over – all was back together. Eleven riders saw their chance and took off, amongst which Leopard’s Alexander Krieger.
The lead of the attackers quickly grew and just before entering the final of the race, three riders escaped from this leading group. Again, Alexander Krieger was able to show the Leopard colours and since the German was virtually in the yellow jersey, he gave it his all on the front. By doing so, he had emptied his tank and missed the overall lead by just five seconds. As a few riders closed the gap with 400 meters to go, Alexander crossed the line in fourth position. With just two more days in Normandie, chances of a good final result are very likely. It’s a pleasant fact for the Luxembourgish UCI Continental Team that has already seen Konrad Gessner and Jan Brockhoff crash out of the race.
Alexander Krieger: “Today was the queen stage of the Tour de Normandie. After about half of the race, I could escape with ten riders. When we made it to the final circuit, our group split and I found myself back in a three man group. Only at 400 meters from the finish line, we were caught by some chasers. Because my other two breakaway companions didn’t work in the last 1,5 kilometer – I was in the virtual yellow jersey – I had not much power in the sprint. I am happy that I was able to be in the right group and on the good side of the split. All in all it was a good day.”
Gregor Willwohl, DS: “So far we didn’t have much luck in this tour since Szymon and Alexander are the only ones that haven’t crashed so far. After earlier crashes and retirements of Konrad and Jan, today Mario also went down. Still we had a bit of luck today. Alexander has already been here, he knew the stage very good and was thus very well prepared. We already had plans to be present in a bigger group and Alexander showed that he was really good and riding a smart race. Now we are having a really good situation for the GC, the next two days we will for sure be highly motivated to play our cards and move closer to the podium.“
General Classification – 2 days to go
4. Alexander Krieger (GER) + 0’05”
42. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 1’04”
53. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 6’43”
105. Mario Spengler (SWI) + 21’41”