cycling news / Leopard in good shape towards Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
WITH APRIL KNOCKING ON THE DOOR, ONE KNOWS THAT IT’S TIME FOR THE TRIPTYQUE DES MONTS ET CHÂTEAUX IN BELGIUM. IN THIS THREE-DAY STAGE RACE, LEOPARD PRO CYCLING HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO PERFORM WELL.
ROSTER: Pit Leyder, Filip Maciejuk, Charlie Quarterman, Jens Reynders & Mario Spengler – DS: Markus Zingen
With two overall wins, stage wins, podium places and several other top rankings, Leopard Pro Cycling is always happy to return to the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux. Last year, Estonian Aksel Nõmmela concluded a very solid edition by claiming the win in the bunch sprint of the final stage. Earlier that day, Tom Wirtgen was already close to winning the individual time trial, but missed the top time by one second. Now, with the team is very good form, expectations are therefore quite high.
The Triptyque starts with a 136 kilometer stage from Pecq to Flobecq. Along the route are various altitude meters, resulting a four KOM sprints, of which two are situated on the final circuit. The fact that the difficulty of the stage lays within the second part of the day can already create a nervous pack as everyone knows that the first battle for the GC will take place here. On Sunday, there is a rather ‘flat’ route planned. Riding from Tournai to Leuze, the race will face three KOMs and two cobbled sections. This stage calls for a classic battle on Belgian roads.
On Monday, the last day of this race, we find two stages. In the morning there will be an individual time trial of 9,6 kilometers with two nasty climbs in it. If one wants to have one last go to improve his overall ranking, he will have to do this in stage 3b from Châteaux de Moulbaix to Saint-Sauveur. With a really hard finishing circuit, this is were the final positions in the General Classification will be decided. Leopard Pro Cycling heads into the race with a strong, but young team. Charlie Quarterman is looking forward to his comeback after his illness.
Charlie Quarterman “I’m really pleased to say that because of the good quality winter of training that I had, I was able to come back to fitness very quickly after the illness, especially with the help of some local races in Luxembourg and Germany. So I’m feeling ready and excited to be back riding the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux with the team! In the team I know we’ve had some really good editions of this race in terms of results in the last few years, and I also know that we’ve got a very strong and well-suited team for this race. So, although this race can throw lots of surprises at us, we should have enough options within the team to deal with it, and hopefully come away with some podium-success! Although my race-fitness is a bit of an unknown, I am hopeful to take some success from this race“
31.03 | 1 | Pecq – Flobecq (136,4 km)
01.04 | 2 | Tournai – Leuze (162,8 km)
02.04 | 3a | Frasnes – Saint-Sauveur (ITT – 9,6 km)
02.04 | 3b | Châteaux de Moulbaix – Saint-Sauveur (91,3 km)