cycling news / Good result at Arno Wallaard Memorial – Leyder wins in Ittersdorf
It was a busy weekend for the Leopard Pro Cycling team. On Saturday, the team was at the start line of the difficult Arno Wallaard Memorial in the Netherlands. One day later, Pit Leyder and Pit Schlechter represented the Leopard colours in Ittersdorf, Germany for a local race. It was our Pit Leyder that was able to take the win.
Arno Wallaard Memorial
Last week we already predicted a very tough race at the Arno Wallaard Memorial. Already a few kilometers after the start, the pack split up into several groups on the dikes next to the Lek river. It were the teams from the Netherlands that knew what was coming, which could be seen in the composition of the first group of 31. The speeds remained on a high level and the front group was quickly reduced to seventeen riders with our Alexander Krieger and Aksel Nõmmela. When the race arrived in the local laps in Meerkerk, it became clear that ten riders would battle for the victory. Amongst them was Alexander Krieger and the German mixed in with several attacks, but in the end luck was not on his side. Krieger finished the race in eighth place, whereas Nõmmela was best of the rest in eleventh. For Jan Dieteren – who made his comeback after a long recovery – this race turned out to be a bit too difficult as he is still missing the necessary race kilometers and hardness.
Markus Zingen, DS: “Beforehand we were aiming for a really good performance and in the end, we almost succeeded in this. Alexander was fighting for the victory until the last few kilometers. Everything was possible and things could also turn out in our favour. Unfortunately this was not the case, although Alexander mixed in with the attacks, which was good to see. All in all, we can be happy with these results. Let’s not forget that only 45 riders finished the race and our youngster Jens Reynders was one of them in 29th position. Also Jan Brockhoff showed that he was really strong. It’s a shame that somebody crashed in his wheel in one of the echelons, reducing Jan’s chances to zero. We can be very optimistic for the upcoming Tour de Bretagne, in which we will aim for some good results as well.”
34. Überherrner Straßenrennen auf dem Wallerfanger Saargau
Following the good result at the Arno Wallaard Memorial, Luxembourgers Pit Leyder and Pit Schlechter were very motivated to continue this run at a local race in Germany, the 34. Überherrner Straßenrennen auf dem Wallerfanger Saargau. This race is based on a local lap in Ittersdorf, which has a difficult climb in it. As this lap had to be done eight times, a hard race with eight uphill sections was to be expected. This was to the liking of later winner Pit Leyder, who found a finish right up his alley.
Pit Leyder: “The final 300 meters were slightly uphill, so it was a sprint that I really like. In the end it was close, but I am happy to take the win after a race where I felt pretty good on the climb which we had to do eight times. A big thank you to Pit Schlechter for a very good lead-out. Without him, I probably would not have been the winner today.”