cycling news / Schlechter suprises at Paris-Chauny
Coming into Paris-Chauny, Leopard Pro Cycling had different cards to play. With a strong squad, great shape and recent performances that led to good self-confidence, everything was possible for the Luxembourgish UCI Continental team. In the end, Luxembourger Pit Schlechter surprised with the eleventh position.
“It was the first time I did a race of almost 200 kilometers this year.”
Already at kilometer 0, the first attacks took place. Several riders went away and a first breakaway group was formed with Pit Schlechter representing the Leopard colours. One after the other sensed the danger and gave it their all to bridge the gap. After a succesfull move, there were seventeen riders in the lead of the race. The leaders – with strong names such as Sylvain Chavanel, Anthony Turgis, Ramon Sinkeldam, Kévin Reza and Mauro Finetto – had a good cooperation which meant that the advantage to the chasing peloton grew quickly from thirty seconds to over four minutes.
When the race was already on the local circuits in and around Chauny, the peloton was in a difficult position since the lead was still around three minutes. Several counter-attacks took place, but there was not a single rider who made it across. In the meantime, there were also some attacks in the leading group which led to different race situations. In the end, all came back together and the front group was going to fight for the victory. In a sprint finish, Ramon Sinkeldam was the fastest, making him the successor of Thomas Boudat who won the 2017 edition of the race. Pit Schlechter was unfortunately not able to do a good sprint because of fatigue, but the well-respected domestique finished the race in eleventh position. In the peloton, Leopard’s Alexander Krieger crossed the line in fourth of the bunch sprint.
Pit Schlechter: “The right breakaway immediately went away at kilometer 0. First, the group was about eleven riders strong, but later others were able to bridge across. I was happy to be part of the group and we were working very well together as everyone did his part of the work. This situation lasted until 20 kilometers from the finish, when new attacks took place. However, nobody was able to get away and we came together to the finish. I could not really participate in the sprint as I was suffering from cramps, after all it was the first time I did a race of almost 200 kilometers this year.”
Result Paris-Chauny (198,7 km)
11. Pit Schlechter (LUX) + 0’03”
20. Alexander Krieger (GER) + 2’02”
31. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 2’02”
38. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 2’02”
44. Jan Brockhoff (GER) + 2’02”
55. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) + 2’11”
84. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 7’41”
DNF. Konrad Gessner (GER)
*pictures by Bryan Helin