cycling news / Schlechter performing well in first CX races
In the first Cyclo-Cross races in his road to the UCI 2017 Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg, Pit Schlechter has shown himself in a good way. Amongst the first results are no less than three podium finishes.
In 2017, Pit Schlechter will head into his sixth season with Leopard Pro Cycling where he will quickly find his first big goal of the year with the Cyclo-Cross World Championships in his home country. Of the Cyclo-Cross races he did thusfar, the Cyclo-Cross in Tétange was the first. Here, Pit was within the first riders the whole time, resulting in a fifth place with a disadvantage of 36 seconds to winner Vincent Dias Dos Santos. This result motivated Pit, helping him finish on the podium one week later. At Dommeldange, the 26-year-old, finished in third position after – again – Vincent Dias Dos Santos and multiple Luxembourgish Cyclo-Cross Champion Gusty Bausch.
One week later, the Cyclo-Cross in Bieles was on the menu. Unfortunately, on this course – not the same one as the one for the World Championships – Pit had an off-day. He was quickly left behind by the main field and as the Luxembourger never got back into his rhythm, a thirteenth place was the best result possible that day. Being the real-fighter he is, Pit was not going to despair. Seven days later he showed great resilience with a second place at the Cyclo-Cross in Cessange, followed by another podium finish in Mamer one week later. In Cessange, only Lex Reichling was able to beat Schlechter whereas Gusty Bausch and Scott Thiltges were the better ones in Mamer. With these solid results in mind, hopes for an even beter follow-up in his road to the World Championships in Bieles are logical.
Results Pit Schlechter:
- 06.11 – Tétange – 5th
- 14.11 – Dommeldange – 3rd
- 20.11 – Bieles – 13th
- 27.11 – Cessange – 2nd
- 04.12 – Mamer – 3rd