cycling news / Leopard off to GP Jef Scherens & GP Zottegem
NEXT RACE: 20.08 – GP Jef Scherens – Rondom Leuven (UCI 1.1)
ROSTER: Jan Brockhoff, Alexander Krieger, John Mandrysch, Aksel Nõmmela, Gaëtan Pons, Jens Reynders, Szymon Rekita, Luc Wirtgen – DS: Tom Flammang
Tomorrow, Leopard Pro Cycling start its two racing days in Belgium with the GP Jef Scherens, also known as Rondom Leuven. The GP Jef Scherens – part of the Napoleon Games Cup classifcation – will start on the Grote Markt in the city center of Leuven. From here, 185,7 kilometers of racing awaits the riders, all to be covered in a total of 13 local laps. The race lives up to its name as the riders will be guided around Leuven where they will find four climbs along the way with the Keizersberg (600m), Ludenscheidsingel (1000m), Wijnpers (400m) and Naamsevest (1400m). All in all, a difficult race that has been won by among onthers André Greipel, Lars Boom, Sebastian Langeveld and Thor Hushovd in the past.
COMING UP: 22.08 – GP Stad Zottegem (UCI 1.1)
ROSTER: Jan Brockhoff, Jan Dieteren, Alexander Krieger, John Mandrysch, Aksel Nõmmela, Gaëtan Pons, Laurent Vanden Bak – DS: Markus Zingen
After the finish of the GP Jef Scherens, the focus of the Leopard Pro Cycling riders will immediately shift to the GP Stad Zottegem, which takes place at the home town of our clothing partner Decca. This will for sure motivate the riders even more to make it a succesful day. The race starts with a big loop of 65,5 kilometers were we already find some well-known names amongst the obstacles with the cobbles of the Lange Munte and the Hostellerie climb.
As soon as the race arrives on the local laps, more difficulties are on the menu as the GP Stad Zottegem also covers the cobbles of the Paddestraat three times and the ascent of the Grotenbergestraat no less than seven times in total. Recent years turned out that only the strongest riders will survive. Last year’s race ended in a bunch sprint finish, but in earlier editions there was always a small group that battled for the victory flowers. Leopard Pro Cycling’s Belgian youngster Jens Reynders is already looking forward to the upcoming races in his home country.
Jens Reynders: “I am very motivated to start in these 1.1 races in Belgium, the previous ones went really well and I hope the same for the GP Jef Scherens and GP Stad Zottegem. Leuven is not far from home, so this gives me an extra bit of motivation. Recently I had good results at the GP Tim Wellens (8th) and the Antwerpse Havenpijl (7th), so I am really looking forward to the next races. I think that I can be happy with the results this year as a first year U23 rider. I feel no pressure and this helps me in obtaining good results. I am in a good shape, so we’ll see what the remainder of the season will bring.”