cycling news / Motivated Leopard Pro Cycling starts in Flèche Ardennaise
After recent great results, the Leopard Pro Cycling comes to the Flèche Ardennaise with great motivation and a lot of self-confidence. The race marks the start of an important period in the season of the Luxembourgish UCI Continental Team.
ROSTER: Jan Brockhoff, Alexander Krieger, Pit Leyder, Gaëtan Pons, Szymon Rekita & Luc Wirtgen – DS: Gregor Willwohl
At Sunday the 6th of May, Leopard Pro Cycling heads to Herve, about fifteen kilometers East of Liège, to participate in the 53rd edition of the Flèche Ardennaise, a 179,7 kilometers long UCI 1.2 race. As one can expect from the name of the race, the peloton will face several climbs in the Ardennes, amongst which some famous names like the Côte de Wanne, Côte du Rosier and the Côte de Mont-Theux. The peloton consists of 14 Belgian and 15 strong foreign teams of six riders each which makes for a really strong field. It is therefore no surprise that previous winners of the race listen to the names of Stefan Küng, Silvan Dillier, Jan Bakelants and Thomas Voeckler.
The race starts at 12h30 in the city of Herve before heading into a rather ‘flat’ openings phase. It is after 51 kilometers that the race reaches the first of nine categorized climbs, which is the Côte de Xhierfomont. From this point on, the race heads from climb to climb, giving the riders not much time to rest. The nine climbs are all posted in the middle section of the race and within a frame of 100 kilometers. After the descent of the last categorized climb of the day – the Côte de la Hezée – the race then will be decided in the final two local laps which still have some altitude meters in it. Anyone that fancies his chances has to have strong climbing legs. For Leopard Pro Cycling, Szymon Rekita proved his shape by taking a stage win in the Tour du Jura. He was also the first finisher for the team in last year’s edition.
Szymon Rekita : “The victory in Tour du Jura gave me a lot of confidence. I made a lot of sacrifces for this result and now it only motivates me to continue on this way, starting in Flèche Ardennaise. I remember from last year that it was a really hard day with the roads always going up and down and lots of attacks along the way. I can image that the race this year will not be easier, maybe even harder. Some of our guys had some health problems until now, but I am sure that we are already able to make a very nice result.“
06.05 | Hervé – Hervé (172,6 km)