cycling news / Rekita shows himself at Tour Alsace
AFTER THE THIRD POSITION IN THE BUNCH SPRINT OF STAGE TWO, LEOPARD PRO CYCLING WAS MOTIVATED TO CONTINUE THE TOUR ALSACE IN A VERY SOLID WAY. AND SO THEY DID.
RACE REPORT: SOLID ENDING TO TOUR ALSACE
SZYMON REKITA JUST MISSES OUT OF THE TOP TEN
After Alexander Krieger completed the first three days of this year’s Tour Alsace in a great manner, the Leopard Pro Cycling team was very motivated to follow up the good results in the last two stages. The penultimate stage went from Ribeauvillé to Lac Blanc, a 165,3 kilometers long stage marked by over 4.000 altitude meters. No question that this day was noted as the queen stage. In an adventure to improve his overall results, Szymon Rekita decided to give it a go at the gun. He succeeded in this and rode an active race. On the final ascent to Station du Lac Blanc, the Polish 23-year-old took a respectable eleventh position.
In contrary to the queen stage, the final stage to Dannemari was relatively flat. Starting in Neuf-Brisac, Leopard Pro Cycling again showed what they are worth as Jan Brockhoff cranked up the speed and found himself back in a large front group. The cooperation between the attackers was good, causing the peloton all kinds of problems. It’s a shame that the leaders were only caught under the 1 kilometer to go banner. For Leopard, Aksel Nõmmela went all-in for the bunch sprint, finishing in seventh place, quickly followed by Carmelo Foti in thirteenth. This concluded the Tour Alsace, a demanding week, but all in all very satisfying for Leopard Pro Cycling, agrees Szymon Rekita.
Szymon Rekita: “This week was really hard, but because we were really motivated from day one, we showed a good performance every single day. The stage to La Planche des Belles Filles was tough with a lot of steep climbs. Because Alexander was in the break, I could focus only on this last climb and I rolled in in 26th. On day three, Alexander gave us some more motivation by finishing third in the sprint. I was looking forward to the queen stage as these regular climbs were perfect for me. I gave it my all and I finished the stage and the GC in 11th.”