cycling news / Polish youngster Rekita joins Leopard Pro Cycling
As of the 2017 season, Leopard Pro Cycling is able to call upon the services of Szymon Rekita. The 22-year-old rider from Poland joins from the Italian outfit GFDD Altopack-Eppela where he impressed World Tour team Trek Factory Racing, leading to a traineeship in late 2015.
This traineeship and the fact that Rekita has been participating in the Tour of Poland with the Polish National Team gives him some minor World Tour experience which can be helpful as he will strive to develop even further as a rider at Leopard Pro Cycling. The past has shown that Rekita is a versatile rider with a strong time trial. Last season, he finished seventh at the U23 European Time Trial Championships, which was followed by a solid twelfth position in the road race of that same event. Besides that, the former U23 National Time Trial Champion (2014 & 2015) has performed well all season long in the Italian youth ranks and is more than ready for the next step in his early career.
Szymon Rekita: “I am very excited to be part of Leopard Pro Cycling in 2017 as it is one of the best Continental Teams in the world. My main priority at Leopard Pro Cycling is to develop and to be important for the team. In the past four years I developed myself as a cyclist at Italian GFDD Altopack-Eppela Team. This led to a traineeship with Trek Factory Racing last year, where I was able to finish ninth in the general classification of the Tour of Hainan. This result is the best one of my career so far, but there is still plenty of room to develop. I think that I can be a very good time trialist and battle for general classifications in the future.”
Markus Zingen (Team Manager): “We are very happy to have Szymon on board. We had already contact since last year, so it’s good to see that he finally joins our team. He has already great potential as a time trialist and we will support him and develop him even more as a complete rider, not at least to be competitive for the general classification in stage races.”