cycling news / Leopard Belgium bound for GP Marcel Kint
Only two races separate Leopard Pro Cycling from starting the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg. This weekend, the first of them is the Grote Prijs Marcel Kint, a Belgian UCI 1.1 race part of the Napoleon Games Cup classification.
ROSTER: Jan Brockhoff, Alexander Krieger, Gaëtan Pons, Charlie Quarterman, Jens Reynders, Pit Schlechter & Mario Spengler – DS: Gregor Willwohl
The Grote Prijs Marcel Kint honors the cycling legend and ex-World Champion Marcel Kint who won races like Gent-Wevelgem, Flèche Wallone, Paris-Roubaix and stages in the Tour de France in the late thirties and fourties. The race has been present on the UCI calendar as of 2016 as a 1.2 race, but makes the step to the 1.1 level from this year on. The start sign is given at 13h00 in Kortrijk before finishing four hours later in the streets of Zwevegem. From Kortrijk the riders will ride over a 33,9 kilometers long circuit before already arriving at the finish line. Then three 28,8 kilometers long laps in and around Zwevegem are on the menu before the winner will be decided in five smaller laps of 10,8 kilometers each. In total the race covers a distance of 174,6 kilometers on Belgian roads.
Leopard Pro Cycling has been present at the race since it was introduced to the UCI calendar back in 2016. In this ‘first’ edition, Aksel Nõmmela represented the Leopard outfit in the front group that battled for the victory. In the end, the Estonian crossed the line in seventh in what was a sun-drenched race. Last year this was not the case. Pouring rain caused that only 34 riders made it to the finish line where Szymon Rekita was the first Leopard rider to finish, almost six minutes behind the winner. For this year’s edition, Leopard has high hopes to impress and go for a good results. Motivation will not be a problem, especially not for Charlie Quarterman who gained positive feelings in the last weeks.
Charlie Quarterman: “I’ve had a really good few weeks of racing. After such an unfortunate start to the year with injury and illness I found some good legs again and working closely with the Leopard staff, I started to put the final pieces together in smaller races, finding my confidence and courage before coming into some pro kermesses in Belgium and proving to myself that I can now perform at this level. So I’m very happy and excited to see what comes next! As for this race, I think we’re coming in with a lot of guys at a high level after a decent Flèche du Sud, and based on the parcours that this race has to offer, I think we can hold high hopes that we can make a big impact. There are some strong teams coming here but after a good first part of the season completed, we can have confidence and see if we can spring a surprise on these guys!”
20.05 | Kortrijk – Zwevegem (174,8 km)