cycling news / Start of season at Tour of Antalya
JUST OVER ONE WEEK AFTER CLOSING THE ANNUAL LEOPARD PRO CYCLING MALLORCA TRAINING CAMP, THE FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON ALREADY AWAITS. IN TURKEY, THE LEOPARD PRO CYCLING TEAM WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE FOUR DAY STAGE RACE TOUR OF ANTALYA (UCI 2.2).
ROSTER: Jan Brockhoff, Konrad Gessner, Alexander Krieger, Gaëtan Pons, Charlie Quarterman, Szymon Rekita & Luc Wirtgen – DS: Markus Zingen
In the south of Turkey, a peloton of 25 teams – 2 UCI ProContinental, 14 UCI Continental, 3 National and 6 Club teams coming from 18 different countries – will gather for the start of the first stage. From the start in Antalya, the race heads inland towards some smaller climbs after 48,7 and 110,5 kilometers. There are still 48 kilometers between the summit of this last KOM and the final straight and since most of these kilometers are downhill, a bunch sprint lays within the possibilities.
In the second stage, the race goes further south to Kemer and back. The only real obstacle of the day is a climb which has it’s top about halfway the race as the riders will reach just over the 1200 meters altitude mark. Since the stage has no difficulties after this ascent, another bunch sprint could be happening. This is not the case on day three as the peloton will ride a short 32,5 kilometers stage, taking the riders up the climb to Feslikan – 12,5 km at about 8% – most likely changing things up quite a bit in the overall ranking. On Sunday, the 25th of February, the ones that are behind in the general classification have on more chance to make up some ground as the race heads from Side back to Antalya over a distance of 146,2 kilometers which has a difficult final half. With three possible sprint stages, Leopard Pro Cycling is happy to bring newly acquired sprinter Konrad Gessner to it’s season opener.
Konrad Gessner: “All in all I am satisfied with the preparations for this season. I was able to train a lot on the track and thus improve my speed. Unfortunately, I got sick in the team training camp, so I was unable to complete the full training program. However, I am ready for the Tour of Antalya. It’s the first race of the season and everyone has to look how he comes out of the winter. The first weeks as a Leopard rider were very good. There were a lot of new impressions to process, but I am looking forward to working with the team. I finally want to win races again and together with the teammates this will be possible. I am curious to see what we can achieve together.”
22.02 | 1 | Antalya -Antalya (158,6 km)
23.02 | 2 | Antalya – Antalya (121,3 km)
24.02 | 3 | Antalya – Feliskan (32,5 km)
25.02 | 4 | Side – Antalya (146,2 km)