cycling news / Four top tens in two Belgian racing days
After two racing days in Belgium, Leopard Pro Cycling heads back to Luxembourg with no less than four top ten finishes. A satisfying result, especially since several riders were able to show there abilities on the road.
GP Monseré & GP Fauville are done and dusted
At Saturday, the Leopard Pro Cycling riders were present at the start line in Ieper, before heading into the almost 200 tough kilometers of the GP Monseré. With several obstacles on the road, amongst which the famous Kemmelnberg, the race went down in a bunch sprint finish. In this sprint both Alexander Krieger (6th) and Gaëtan Pons (10th) were able to place themselves amongst the first riders across the finish line in Roeselare. One day later, there were two new top ten results. In the GP Fauville only 99 started the race, which would turn out to be very chaotic. First, a 21-men leading group went up the road with Leopard’s Jan Brockhoff and Gaëtan Pons in the mix. As the lead went almost up to two minutes, some riders sensed the danger and counter-attacked from the peloton. Amongst these riders were Davide Rebellin and Alexander Krieger. Later also Pit Schlechter and Jens Reynders had their shot. However, it all was too late. In front, ex-Leopard Pro Cycling rider Aksel Nõmmela – who was with the leading riders all day – went solo and turned out to be the strongest. Further back, Leopard’s Belgian Jens Reynders crossed the line in eighth, just in front of Alexander Krieger in ninth and his other team mates.
Result GP Monseré (192,9 km)
6. Alexander Krieger (GER) s.t.
10. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) s.t.
27. Mario Spengler (SUI) s.t.
35. Jens Reynders (BEL) s.t.
44. Pit Leyder (LUX) s.t.
60. Jan Brockhoff (GER) s.t.
85. Konrad Gessner (GER) + 1’50”
Result GP Fauville (168,4 km)
8. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 3’02”
9. Alexander Krieger (GER) + 3’07”
14. Pit Schlechter (LUX) + 3’16”
17. Jan Brockhoff (GER) + 3’16”
18. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 3’16”
31. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 4’43”
DNF. Filip Maciejuk (POL)
*pictures by Bryan Helin