cycling news / Mixed feelings after first day at Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
THE FIRST STAGE OF THE TRIPTYQUE DES MONTS ET CHÂTEAUX HAS COME TO AN END. IN AN EVENTFUL DAY, PIT LEYDER WAS THE FIRST LEOPARD RIDER TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE (14TH). UNFORTUNATELY, THE TEAM LOST JENS REYNDERS DUE TO A CRASH AND SAW BOTH MARIO SPENGLER AND CHARLIE QUARTERMAN LOSE TIME FOR VARIOUS REASONS.
Still plenty to race for in the coming days
At 13h00 the start to the 23rd edition of the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux was given in Pecq. The first stage led the peloton over a distance of 136 kilometers to Flobecq. Just under an hour into the race, two riders attacked from the peloton and created a good gap. The fact that the leaders were only with two, made that the peloton did not worry that much and therefore the gap quickly grew to almost six minutes. At the 50 kilometer mark, the peloton decided to crank the gears and suddenly made the race a really hard one as the one after the other lost contact with the field. It was at this moment that crashes happened and unfortunately also Filip Maciejuk and Jens Reynders were involved within a time space of five minutes. Whereas Filip could go on, Jens was forced to leave the race. At the hospital the doctors stiched his knee and diagnosed a bruised thumb.
Meanwhile the peloton went on in its battle to catch the two leaders back. With fourteen kilometers to go there was another setback for Leopard Pro Cycling since Mario Spengler had a flat tire. Coming back to a peloton that was already on a very high pace was impossible. When the gap to the duo in front went under the 30 seconds, Pit Leyder decided to give it a go and tried to bridge the gap at 7 kilometers from the line. Although he did not manage it, the 21-year-old was able to position himself back in the field and rode a good sprint rolling in in fourteenth position. Also Luc Wirtgen and Filip Maciejuk were present in the main field and therefore are still in contention for a good overall result. For Mario Spengler and Charlie Quarterman, new opportunities open up in the following days starting tomorrow with a 162 kilometer stage from Tournai to Leuze.
14. Pit Leyder (LUX) s.t.
23. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) s.t.
47. Filip Maciejuk (POL) s.t.
85. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 1’26”
126. Charlie Quarterman (GBR) + 14’01”
DNF. Jens Reynders (BEL)