cycling news / Rekita takes 4th in Wallonie
At today’s Circuit de Wallonie, Szymon Rekita has taken the fourth position. This result after a race where Leopard Pro Cycling riders were present in almost every breakaway group, boosts the morale for the team just before the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg.
Good result thanks to active racing style from entire team
At 12h15, the start to the Circuit de Wallonie – was given in the city center of Mont-sur-Marchienne. The race consisted of a big loop of 122,9 kilometers and five smaller local laps of 10,8 kilometers each, which meant a total race distance of 176,9 kilometers. One of the first attackers of the day was Leopard’s German Jan Brockhoff, but unfortunately his effort was neutralized by the bunch, just like many other attacks. It caused that the average speed in the first hour of the race went up to 46,6 kilometers. 30 Kilometers into the race, Luc Wirtgen tried his luck, but also this time the peloton did not like the idea. Later, a trio managed to build a good lead and when four others – with Leopard’s Mario Spengler – joined them, the front group of seven was established.
The lead went up to two minutes and in the meantime Szymon Rekita counter attacked two times, but he was reeled in by the bunch that was being led by AGO-Aqua Service and EFC. In the final local laps, the peloton shed into pieces and Rekita again showed himself in front. As a part of a front group of four, he was going to fight for the victory. In the end, all came really close together, but Szymon was able to secure the fourth place for Leopard Pro Cycling. A nice result after an attractive race, that gives the team self-confidence for the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg that starts Wednesday.
Szymon Rekita: “Today we did a really good job as a team and we were active from the beginning. After 50 kilometers we had Mario in the breakaway, so we could stay easy in the peloton and just control the bigger attacks. On the final local laps I attacked with a few guys and we catched Mario’s group. Later we attacked one more time and we could fight for the victory. I felt really good today and because the team did a great job, we can think positive and have confidence for the upcoming Tour de Luxembourg.”
Mario Spengler: “For me – and especially for the team – it was really good to be in the breakaway. I felt really strong from the beginning and had an eye on the attacks until I could make the good move to be in front. I am happy with the fourth place of Szymon. Now it’s important to rest as much as possible to be fresh again for the Tour de Luxembourg.”
Results Circuit de Wallonie (UCI 1.2)
4. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 0’07”
19. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 0’31”
35. Jan Brockhoff (GER) s.t.
42. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) s.t.
87. Charlie Quarterman (GBR) s.t.
89. Mario Spengler (SUI) s.t.
Pictures by Elisa Haumesser & Bryan Helin