cycling news / Good team performance at Rund um Köln
One week after the Leopard Pro Cycling team concluded a very succesful Škoda Tour de Luxembourg, the team was active at the UCI 1.1 race Rund um Köln in Germany. After a good team performance, Alexander Krieger was the highest finisher in thirteenth.
The German crossed the line as second of the bunch after a race that had been very hectic for the entire 206 kilometers. After leaving Köln, the pack headed in a very swift pace to the hilly section in the northeast of Köln. In the hinterland already many riders lost contact with the peloton and the peloton quickly split into two pieces. A group of 35 riders went away and Alexander Krieger, Aksel Nõmmela, Tom Wirtgen and Szymon Rekita were representing the Leopard outfit in the front of the race. The lead quickly grew to a 1’30” advantage, but the cooperation in the front was not very good. Therefore, one could see a lot of movements and different situations. A dangerous group of ten went clear, with Tom Wirtgen and Alexander Krieger amongst them. Later they got reeled in, which was the sign for a new group of twelve riders to give it a go. As this turned out to be the right move, it was a shame to see that Leopard missed out. The team did all to catch them back, even Szymon Rekita tried to bridge the gap, but no one could make it back to the front, even when Leopard worked together with Sunweb Development Team and Lotto-Kernhaus. In the deep final, Alexander Krieger and Szymon Rekita formed a second group from which the German sprinted just outside the top ten. The win was for Gregor Mühlberger from Bora-Hansgrohe.
Markus Zingen, DS: “Today was a very hard day with a fast start and lots of movements and scenario’s all day long. It was good to see that we had quite a few riders in the first part of the race when the peloton split. Later, we were also part of different groups. It’s a pity that we were not present in the final move. We missed a big opportunity and it’s really a shame, because we were strong and did a very good race. We didn’t put our heads down, instead we gave our all to get back into the race for the top positions. In the end, a 13th and 23rd position is not bad at all in such a big race, altough we know that a lot more was possible today. Next week we have a new chance in the Elfstedenronde in Bruges (UCI 1.1)”