cycling news / Second place Krieger leads to yellow jersey!

Thanks to a powerful sprint up the steep climb in Schifflange, Alexander Krieger secured himself not only of a second place on stage two of the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg, but the German also takes the yellow leaders jersey.

Leopard Pro Cycling leads Skoda Tour coming into the weekend

Due to heavy rainfall during the night in the Eastern part of Luxembourg, the second stage of the Skoda Tour was being shortened to only 89,2 kilometers as the organisation was forced to move the start from Rosport to Junglinster. At 15 o’clock – two hours later than  the originial start time – the peloton took off for a short stage with an explosive ending up the steep ascent in Schifflange.

Right after the start a group of four went away and it turned out that it was immediately the right one. The teams of leader Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) and favorite Alex Kirsch (Veranclassic) set the pace in the bunch and this caused that the quartet only were allowed a lead of maximum two minutes. Going along the stage’s route, the lead kept decreasing before the leaders were caught with three kilometers to go.  In the peloton, the explosion already took place on the first part of the final climb up to the line. A small group with Leopard Pro Cycling’s Alexander Krieger and Pit Leyder distanced themselves from the others and it were Krieger, Alex Kirsch and Andrea Pasqualon who battled for the victory in the closing meters. The latter proved to be the strongest, before Leopard’s Alexander Krieger who takes the overall lead in the Skoda Tour, thanks to the bonification seconds. He also retains his lead in the points classification.

Tomorrow the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg heads up North for a 163,8 kilometers long stage from Eschweiler to Differdange in the South. The stage covers plenty of altitude meters and has the Col de l’Europe – 1500 meters with an average gradient of 8%  –  in the deep final. This climb needs to be covered three times and it is there where Leopard’s Alexander Krieger defends a three and five second lead to respectively Alex Kirsch and Andrea Pasqualon.

Alexander Krieger: “Today was a nice day, but it was also a short and hard day. When we were catching the front group back, I was already a bit hurting, so I was not sure about my capabilities at all. That I can ride up the final climb like this is therefore extra satisfying. I finish again second, but this time we have yellow and we will come up with a plan to defend this jersey all the way.”

Result Stage 2 | Junglinster – Schifflange (89,2 km)
2. Alexander Krieger (GER) s.t.
5. Pit Leyder (LUX) s.t.
24. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 0’13”
25. Jan Brockhoff (GER) + 0’13”
30. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 0’18”
49. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 0’33”
101. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 7’06”

General Classification after stage 2
1. Alexander Krieger (GER)
7. Pit Leyder (LUX) + 0’17”
15. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) + 0’29”
22. Jan Brockhoff (GER) + 0’34”
27. Szymon Rekita (POL) + 0’38”
48. Jens Reynders (BEL) + 1’00”
100. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 11’38”