cycling news / Maciejuk wins white jersey at Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
WITH TWO AMAZING PERFORMANCES ON THE FINAL DAY OF THE 23RD TRIPTYQUE DES MONTS ET CHÂTEAUX, FILIP MACIEJUK SECURED HIMSELF OF A SIXTH POSITION OVERALL. THIS ALSO MEANT THAT THE PROMISING RIDER OF LEOPARD PRO CYCLING TOOK THE WHITE LEADERS JERSEY OF THE YOUNG RIDERS CLASSIFICATION HOME.
18-year-old shows great potential in hard race
The Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux did not start too well for Leopard Pro Cycling. In the first stage from Pecq to Flonbecq, the team lost Jens Reynders after a crash. The Belgian was supposed to be the race leader after showing great shape in the last weeks with two victories, which made the loss extra hard to cope with. On day two, Luc Wirtgen was able to take a bonus second at an intermediate sprint which placed him near the top of the overall ranking with just one day to go. Since Filip Maciejuk was also able to stay with the pack in the first two days, this meant that he could look forward to a good overall result with his time trial capabilities in mind.
On the final day, there was a 9,6 kilometers long individual time trial planned which had two climbs in it. Quickly it became clear that Filip Maciejuk had set a very good time which in the end only was beaten by four others. Therefore, the third of the Junior World Time Trial Championships in Bergen – moved up to sixth overall and he became leader of the young riders classification. The plan for the stage in the afternoon was clear: taking this leaders jersey back home to Luxembourg. When a group went clear that took some time bonuses away during the day, this was a perfect scenario for the team. On the incredible hard climb to the finish line in Saint-Sauveur that needed to be conquered three times, it was each rider for himself. In between these climbs, Maciejuk was helped by his teammates in a great way. Altough he lost contact with the first riders on the last kick, the Pole finished within fifteen seconds of the stage winner, which was sufficient for taking the win in the young riders classification as he finished the race with a gap of 59 seconds to the runner-up. The jersey is a nice and welcome prize for Leopard Pro Cycling that has always been able to have successes at this race.
Filip Maciejuk: “The Triptyque started with two stages in which I was not able to do much, because these stages ended in bunch sprints. This is not my quality, but the time trial is. Therefore I am extra happy that I was able to take the leaders jersey after the time trial, especially since the Tripqtyque des Monts et Châteaux is a big race and an important one for young riders. I am very happy with my good result in the GC and the win in the young riders classification and I want to thank all teammates and staff for the help, because without them, I would not have been able to achieve this. My next goal is the Tour of Flanders with the national team next week.”
Markus Zingen, Sports Director: “Like always, at these kind of races you need to have a bit of luck as well. The first two days we did not have this since we lost Jens due to a heavy crash – he was our leader for the race after his two recent victories – and later also Mario and Pit lost time due to bad luck in crucial moments. I am pleased to see that our guys kept their heads up and that they fought their way back in the race with a great time trial performance of Filip. The team supported him perfectly on the last heavy stage, so that he could defend his leaders jersey and his good overall ranking. All in all we can be happy and we can build on the fact that the guys showed character, which is also an important part of cycling.“
6. Filip Maciejuk (POL) + 0’38”
30. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) + 2’04”
52. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 4’10”
69. Pit Leyder (LUX) + 8’36”
102. Charlie Quarterman (GBR) + 34’17”