cycling news / New successes at Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux?
Exciting times for Leopard Pro Cycling as it is time again for Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux. Looking back to previous years, the Luxembourgish UCI Continental Team can present an impressive track record with two overall wins, four more top five places and top results in various stages.
Roster: Jan Brockhoff, Alexander Krieger, Pit Leyder, Aksel Nõmmela, Szymon Rekita, Jens Reynders & Tom Wirtgen – DS: Markus Zingen
It was in 2012 when young Luxembourger Bob Jungels became overall winner of this race in the Leopard outfit, something that was copied by Fábio Silvestre one year later. In both years, the Leopard team also had good results in the different stages and more teammates in the top ranks of the classification. Three years ago, Alex Kirsch represented the Leopard colours in a great manner, finishing the race in third place. Alexander Krieger then took over with a fifth position in the overall ranking in 2015. The German is also present for Leopard in this years race.
Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux starts with a 166,5 kilometers long stage between Flobecq and Warcoing. En route there are four GPM’s of the first category and three rushes were the riders can gain some time bonifications. The last sixty kilometers are part of two local laps of thirty kilometers that have the difficult Mont Saint Aubert in it. At the top of this climb, there are only eleven kilometers left to the finish line, so there is a big chance that there will already be some time gaps in the GC.
The peloton starts the weekend with a stage between Frasnes-lez-Buissenal and Péronnes-lez-Antoing. This stage really has it all as the riders have to conquer no less than five GPM’s – two of the first category and three of the second category. Also, there are two cobblestone roads which the riders will cover two times in the final laps before reaching the finish after about 150 kilometers. The finish is positioned in the sloping surroundings of Château d’Antoing, which is far from easy.
On Sunday morning there will be an individual time trial of 13 kilometers in which Leopard Pro Cycling can count on Tom Wirtgen. The young Luxembourger finished third in last years time trial, only losing to the winner by four seconds, but beating the U23 World Time Trial Champion at the time. A performance to be proud of, which deserves a follow-up this year. In the afternoon, the final stage of Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux will be anything but easy. Altough the stage is under 100 kilometers long, there are still six GPM’s and two cobbled sections along the route. In the final there are two local laps, where a tough battle for the overall victory is to be expected.
Markus Zingen, DS: “Of course the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux is a race where the Leopard team has a lot of good memories. As any other year, we are happy to be back in this region and everybody is motivated to return with a good result once again. We have a strong team here and I am sure that we can achieve this goal.”
Stages Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux 2017