cycling news / Highlights of the Season | Brockhoff & Krieger
The pre-season team meeting in preparation for the 2017 season is already done and dusted, but there is still plenty of time left to reflect on the past year. In this episode of ‘Highlights of the Season’, Germans Jan Brockhoff and Alexander Krieger look back on their 2016 campaign.
With a third place in the prologue of the highly rated Tour de Normandie, Jan Brockhoff started the season very well. In a strong field and an action packed week, the now 22-year-old wore the leaders jersey in the young riders classification for a few days, plus finishing in ninth place overall. Brockhoff was able to continue his great form with a win in the regional race Rund um Düren and with strong performances in for example the Circuit des Ardennes and the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt, where he finished sixteenth among the worlds best riders. Also in the Flèche du Sud, Leopard Pro Cycling’s home race, Jan Brockhoff was able to race in the white leaders jersey of the youth classification. After an illness in the summer, the young German only was able to help his team become third in the team time trial of the Ronde van Midden-Nederland, resulting in a twelfth position overall.
“The past season can be divided into two parts. In the spring, the feeling was really good and I was able to get some good results. However, in the summer I got ill and unfortunately, I was not able to get back into my best shape. Therefore, I am not happy with the second part of the season. I look back with great pleasure to the Tour de Normandie, where I wore the leaders jersey in the youth classification for several days and became ninth overall after a very hard but successful week. Also my victory in Rund um Düren was a highlight. For next season, I would like to continue with the performances and the results from last spring and keep this level over a longer period of time.”
For Alexander, the 2016 Tour de Normandie was less successful. After a crash in the fourth stage to Bagnoles de l’Orne, the 25-year-old had to take a forced break. Thanks to the help of therapist Michael Lofy and handbiker Luciano Fratini, who gave Alexander a handbike to help in his recovery, he was able to get back in competition fairly quick. After his comeback, Krieger was able to be very consistent for the remainder of the season. In the summer, Krieger had his best period with a seventh place in the prologue of the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg, a sixth overall position in the Oberösterreich Rundfahrt and an eighth place at the German National Road Championships. At his last race, Binche-Chimay-Binche, Krieger managed to mix in with the worlds best riders, giving him motivation for the upcoming season.
“Last season was a year with ups and downs. I did a very good preparation in the winter and I had a good feeling in the first races. Unfortunately, I crashed in the Tour de Normandie, but it didn’t take too long before I was back into a good shape. For me, the Oberösterreich Rundfahrt and the prologue of the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg were the highlights of the season. Especially in Austria, the team performed really well and did a good job in supporting me. Also the last two races of the year – Binche-Chimay-Binche and the Eurométropole Tour – were very special. At Binche I have found a new favorite race, as I like the course very much! In 2017, I hope that the team and I can benefit from the experiences from this year. If we become a unit, we will have a lot of fun. Then, the results will follow automatically.”