cycling news / Leopard to participate in Rund um Köln
After recent successes at the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg, Leopard Pro Cycling continues its way with Rund um Köln (UCI 1.1) in Germany. The race marks the official comeback of Konrad Gessner, who broke both his wrists earlier this year.
ROSTER: Jan Brockhoff, Konrad Gessner, Alexander Krieger, Pit Leyder, Filip Maciejuk, Charlie Quarterman & Szymon Rekita – DS: Markus Zingen
At Sunday the 10th of June, one of Germany’s biggest races on the UCI calendar takes place. At 10h35, the 102nd edition of the Rund um Köln will have its start and Leopard Pro Cycling is again one of the participating teams. Next to the Luxembourgish Continental side, three World Tour teams, eight Pro Continental outfits and several other Continental teams will take part. In a race that has very few stretches of flat roads in it, one that wants to battle for the victory should be in a very good shape.
After the start in Köln, the race heads North East, all the way up to the Agathaberg, which is the highest point of the race with 376 meters. From there, the riders will slowly but surely head back towards the finish line in Köln, where three local laps are on the menu. Around the clock of 15h30, the winner will raise his hands after a long day in the saddle with no less than 207,7 kilometers in which one finds five intermediate and six mountain sprints. Not a easy day for all participants, especially if you – like Konrad Gessner – return to racing after a nasty crash in the Tour de Normandie.
Konrad Gessner: “After my crash at the Tour de Normandie, I unfortunately had to give up racing for two months. In the meantime I tried to train as much a possible on the rollers. For myself, I don’t expect too much at Rund um Köln as it is only the third race I start after two smaller national races. My next goal is the German National Championships where I want to show myself in the sprint. Then, I will continue to fight back to my top form and have good results in the coming races. It’s great to see that the team was able to have some great success in the past weeks, this also gives me motivation to give it my all.”
10.06 | Köln – Köln (207,7 km)