cycling news / Krieger finishes Tour de Normandie in second place
AFTER A HECTIC WEEK IN NORMANDIE, WITH LOTS OF UPS AND DOWNS FOR LEOPARD PRO CYCLING, ALEXANDER KRIEGER HAS MANAGED TO TAKE HOME THE SECOND POSITION IN THE GC. IN THE FINAL STAGE, KRIEGER FINISHED THIRD IN THE BUNCH SPRINT, THUS GAINING FOUR EXTRA BONIFICATION SECONDS AND MOVING UP FROM 4TH TO 2ND. IN THE END, THE GERMAN COMES ONE SECOND SHORT FOR TAKING THE OVERALL VICTORY.
“Of course we came really close to the overall win, but we were also close to finish in fourth, so we can be happy.”
The Tour de Normandie is done and dusted. After seven days of paying attention and flying across the French roads, the end result for Leopard Pro Cycling is more than satisfying. Although the Luxembourgish UCI Continental Team lost Konrad Gessner and Jan Brockhoff due to crashes in the first days of the race, Alexander Krieger showed – thanks to the help of his remaining teammates – that he is more than capable to have strong performances all week long. Being really consistent – not finishing below place 16 – and sprinting to the third position in the bunch sprint on the last day, made sure that the German moved up in the GC from 14 to 4 to 2 in the final days.
Alexander Krieger: “The Tour de Normandie was – as expected – one week of full gas racing which asked for lots of concentration. Fortunately, I was able to finish third on the final day, so that we could finish the race on the podium. Of course we came really close to the overall win, but we were also close to finish in fourth, so we can be happy. For now, the focus is on the Circuit des Ardennes, my next UCI race.”
Markus Zingen, Team Manager: “I‘m really happy for Alexander and the whole team. We had already a lot of nice, but also hard moments at the Tour de Normandie and in the end it‘s nice to see that Alexander’s continuity pays off with a well-deserved spot on the podium.”“
2. Alexander Krieger (GER) + 0’01”
40. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 4’45”
42. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 6’43”
93. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 25’58”