cycling news / Krieger finishes Škoda Tour de Luxembourg in 14th
The Škoda Tour de Luxembourg is in the books. Todays last stage from Mersch to Luxembourg-City was won by Greg Van Avermaet, who also took the overall win. Alexander Krieger was again the first finisher for Leopard Pro Cycling in 15th position. He therefore concludes the race as 14th in the general classification.
In todays stage everything was still to be played for. Altough Alexander Krieger was 18th in the overall ranking, the gap to a top ten finish was only eleven seconds. The day started in a very good way for Leopard Pro Cycling. Already the first attack of the day was the good one, and it was Luxembourger Gaëtan Pons who represented the black, blue and white. He was joined by three other riders who didn’t have difficulties finding a good rhythm. This meant that the gap to the peloton increased quickly to a maximum of seven minutes. This was not to the liking of the Verandas Willems team, who decided to close the gap.
As the race approached the final battle for the stage and overall win on the Pabeierbierg (825m à 9%) in Luxembourg-City, there were quite a few attacks, but none of them managed to beat the bunch. It all came down to a sprint on the uphill finish which was won by Greg Van Avermaet, in front of ex-Leopard rider Alex Kirsch. Alexander Krieger lost seven seconds on the climb as he finished in 15th position. With this result, he managed to move up four places in the GC, 58 seconds behind Greg Van Avermaet.
After five days of racing at a high level, the Leopard Pro Cycling outfit can be proud of theirselves with more than good results. Already in the prologue the results were good, but next to Alexander Krieger also other team members showed themselves in the following stages. This was for example done by Tom Wirtgen, who was in the attack two days in a row and who wore the leaders jersey of the mountains classification in front of his home crowd. However, also Aksel Nõmmela deserved a place in the spotlights following his third position in the bunch sprint of stage one. Szymon Rekita showed himself in dangerous breakaways in the late final of stage two ánd three and also this performance was not possible thanks to the help of Leopard team mates Jan Brockhoff, Carmelo Foti, Gaëtan Pons and John Mandrysch. Also Team Manager Markus Zingen has only good words for his team.
Markus Zingen: “Also today on the final stage we had a really good team performance. All in all, we can be happy with what we showed during this year’s Škoda Tour de Luxembourg. Already in the prologue we had good results, which could have been even better without the bad luck for Alexander. We continued the good form at the first stage with the podium place for Aksel Nõmmela and we can also be happy with the results at the other days. All in all, we can be proud and we can take this performance with us to the next races. I am very happy to say that this probably was the best Škoda Tour de Luxembourg one of the Leopard Continental Teams ever did.”