cycling news / Mario Spengler joins Leopard Pro Cycling
2018 is just around the corner and that means that the time has arrived to announce the first of three additions to the Leopard Pro Cycling roster. 20-year-old Mario Spengler will be racing in the Leopard colours in the next season as the Swiss joins from the BMC Development Team.
“I want to go much further in my development.”
Leopard Pro Cycling is more than happy to announce the signing of young Swiss rider Mario Spengler. Coming from the ranks of the BMC Development Team, Mario will represent the Luxembourgish outfit throughout 2018 in pursuit of his goal: becoming a professional bike rider. Mario started cycling in 2004, but only participated in races as of 2008. After obtaining several very solid results as a junior, BMC didn’t hesitate to take the 20-year-old in their development program. As an U23 rider, Mario established himself as classics rider who really likes the demanding races, especially the ones in Belgium and The Netherlands. Rain, wind and cobbles, that’s all there needs to be for the rider from Thayngen, close to the German border. It led to great results at the Olympia’s Tour and Brussel-Zepperen last year. If Mario is not having fun in the races with echelons, small roads and bad weather, than he is helping his teammates out as he always gives everything for the team with big pleasure. Since the 2018 season will be Mario’s first season in which he is able to only focus on bike riding, one can expect a lot from him.
Mario Spengler: “I am really happy to be part of Leopard Pro Cycling next year. I think the team is one of the best UCI Continental teams out there and they have a perfect race schedule for me. Leopard is known for developing young riders and I am sure that they will also support me in the best way possible. I am looking forward to meet all the new riders and staff and I am also looking forward to do the bigger Belgium races with this team. For 2018, I want to go much further in my development as it will be my first season that I can focus on cycling only.”
Markus Zingen, Team Manager: “Although Mario is only 20 years old, he brings a lot of experience into the team. Now that he finished his education, he can focus completely on being a bike rider. Therefore we are bringing him in for his third year in the U23 category. Last season, we saw Mario riding a lot in front and I know that he will be an important addition to our team, especially in the classic races. I am pretty sure that he will fit right into the group as a bike rider but also a person.”