cycling news / 9th position at Marcel Kint – victory in Cologne
For the third time in row, Leopard Pro Cycling was present at the start line of the Grote Prijs Marcel Kint. After a race of almost 175 kilometers, the team returns home with a good feeling and a ninth position for Alexander Krieger.
Ninth place despite being blocked in the penultimate corner
The Grote Prijs Marcel Kint – for the first time an UCI 1.1 race – had its start in Kortrijk before the riders quickly arrived in Zwevegem where the traditional local laps would take place. 123 riders started the race and four of those formed the right breakaway of the day after 75 kilometers. Because of the hard work of both Cofidis and Veranda’s Willems, the lead never went over 2 minutes 30. The final two laps where full of action as there was a crash with Nacer Bouhanni, but also a new four-men breakaway went away. Since the Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise team were disturbing the work in the peloton, the leaders were only caught back at 500 meters from the finish line. For Leopard Pro Cycling, Alexander Krieger was again well positioned, but was blocked in the penultimate corner, which made him lose quite a few positions. Nevertheless, the German was able to relaunch himself and sprint to a very solid ninth position.
Gregor Willwohl, Sports Director: “We started this classic Belgium race with the best possible weather conditions. We wanted to race active and be part of a bigger breakaway group. Therefore it was for me not a problem when four riders went away. As expected, Cofidis took control in the bunch and we started to focus on being active in the final laps. Unfortunately, Alexander was kicked off a promising position in the second last corner, but we can still be happy with the team performance that led to our top ten result.”
Results GP Marcel Kint (UCI 1.1)
9. Alexander Krieger (GER) s.t.
15. Mario Spengler (SUI) s.t.
25. Gaëtan Pons (LUX) s.t.
42. Jan Brockhoff (GER) s.t.
44. Pit Schlechter (LUX) s.t.
71. Charlie Quarterman (GBR) + 1’14”
DNF. Jens Reynders (BEL)
From ninth to first: Krieger wins the Cologne Classic!
Only one day after his ninth position at the GP Marcel Kint, Alexander Krieger went on white Monday to Cologne to race the Cologne Classic. The Cologne Classic is a prestigious race in the German circuit with often very good riders at the start. The race consist of 46 laps of 2,2 kilometers each, meaning a total racing distance of 101,2 kilometers. The race turned out to be a fast one with an average of almost 48 kilometers per hour and in the end it all went down to a bunch sprint. In this mass sprint finish, Leopard’s Alexander Krieger was able to beat his competitors and left Lucas Liss (Heizomat) and Arne Marit (Lotto Soudal U23) behind him.