cycling news / Gaëtan Pons completes Leopard Pro Cycling roster for 2017
With the signing of 24-year-old Gaëtan Pons, Leopard Pro Cycling completes its roster for the upcoming 2017 season. Pons, who joins from UCI Continental Team Wallonie-Bruxelles, will race under the Luxembourgish flag because of his dual citizenship.
Quickly after deciding to pursue his dream to become a professional cyclist, Gaëtan Pons became Walloon champion and finished third at the Belgian National Championships in the youth ranks. This and other good results led to an opportunity at the education program of the former Lotto-Predictor professional team. Later, Pons, who has a degree in Marketing & Management, signed with the Belgian UCI Continental Team Color Code-Biowanze where he carried out the best year of his career so far. In this 2014 season, the Luxembourger performed well in the Flèche du Sud, finishing two stages within the ten best riders. The attention of professional team Wallonie-Bruxelles was drawn, meaning that Pons reached his goal of becoming a professional rider. At the Walloon UCI Pro Continental Team, Pons was due to different circumstances not able to impress, which gave him only more motivation to do this at Leopard Pro Cycling.
Gaëtan Pons: “I am very happy to have signed with Leopard Pro Cycling. The team always has had a good reputation and I am sure that – thanks to the professional structures – I can improve myself best in this outfit. I am ready to give it my all to reach my goals and off course having great moments with all people involved. Next season, I hope to obtain the same results that gave me the possibility to become a professional at Wallonie-Bruxelles. Therefore I want to be at my best the whole season long.”
Markus Zingen (Team Manager): “We are excited to welcome another rider with Luxembourgish roots. Gaëtan is still a young rider, but he collected already a lot of experience in the past years with his former team. There he was able to do a very nice race program, but 2016 was an unlucky year for him with two injuries. Nevertheless, Leopard Pro Cycling will support in 2017 to become a valuable team member. I am sure that he will be able to show his real strength in terms of active racing and having good results.”