cycling news / Jens Reynders wins GP Ost Manufaktur
WHILST ONE PART OF THE LEOPARD PRO CYCLING TEAM ARRIVED IN NORMANDIE FOR THE UPCOMING TOUR DE NORMANDIE (UCI 2.2), ANOTHER FIVE RIDERS TOOK PART IN THE GP OST MANUFAKTUR, A LUXEMBOURGISH RACE. AFTER 121 DIFFICULT AND ESPECIALLY COLD KILOMETERS, JENS REYNDERS TOOK THE WIN MEANING THAT THE BELGIAN IS ON HIS WAY BACK AFTER SUFFERING FROM THE EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS IN LATE 2017.
Entire Leopard Pro Cycling team impresses
The GP Ost Manufaktur is a race which is organized by the ACC Contern cycling club and it takes place in Bech in the Echternach canton, about 20 kilometers northeast of Luxembourg City. The race consisted of a local lap of 9,3 kilometers which needed to be covered no less than thirteen times. Since this circuit had three climbs in it – Côte de Jacobsbierg (1500m à 2,2%), Côte d’Esperbierg (650m à 6,5%) and the Côte de Groussebierg (850m à 3,5%) – this meant for a total of 1625 altitude meters and thus a not to underestimate race. Leopard Pro Cycling had five motivated riders at the start line with Luc Wirtgen, Pit Schlechter, Pit Leyder, Charlie Quarterman and Jens Reynders.
After the start was given at 14h00, the first real breakaway already had two Leopard riders in it. Luc Wirtgen and Jens Reynders were present in a leading group of seven which quickly had a gap of about 45 seconds to the chasers. However, after the fourth passage at the finish line, this lead was almost completely gone, meaning that new attacks took place. After one rider went solo, a chasing group with – again – Jens Reynders – closed the gap. A second group also had Luc Wirtgen and Pit Schlechter in it, meaning that the Leopard Pro Cycling team was in a good position. In the remainder of the race all came back together despite a late attack of two riders who were able to establish a 20 second lead. In the end, it were the Leopard Pro Cycling riders who set the pace, closed the gap and helped Jens Reynders take the victory in a sprint of a small group, just in front of Olivier Pardini.
Jens Reynders: “Due to some heavy training the last days, I didn’t feel too good in the beginning of the race. I wanted to ride an aggressive race and I managed to do so by being present in the attacks. In the final two laps, there were two riders in front but together with my teammates we were able to close the gap. We caught them with two kilometers to go and then there was an attack of Pardini almost immediately. I gave it my all and managed to stay with him. In the final meters I felt strong and I was able to win the sprint quite easy. I am really happy with this win as I am still on my way back after being hit by the Epstein-Barr Virus.”
1. Jens Reynders (BEL)
7. Pit Schlechter (LUX) + 0’26”
8. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) + 0’45”
9. Charlie Quarterman (GBR) + 3’19”
11. Pit Leyder (LUX) + 4’30”