cycling news / Third place for Alexander Krieger at Tour Alsace
SATISFYING RESULTS FOR LEOPARD PRO CYCLING AFTER THREE DAYS OF RACING AT THE TOUR ALSACE. AFTER BEING ACTIVE IN THE BREAKAWAYS, THE TEAM WAS REWARDED BY ALEXANDER KRIEGER’S THIRD PLACE IN STAGE TWO.
RACE REPORT: KRIEGER SHOWS HIMSELF ONCE AGAIN
GOOD ALLROUND PERFORMANCES BY THE ENTIRE TEAM
Last Wednesday the Tour Alsace started in Sausheim with a quite unique concept. For the short prologue, the teams of six were divided into two groups of three, each battling for the fastest time. Leopard I – Jan Brockhoff, Carmelo Foti and Alexander Krieger – finished the circuit with a respectful fourteen seconds disadvantage to the American winners. Leopard II – Aksel Nõmmela, Szymon Rekita and Tom Wirtgen – found themselves a bit further back as they fell 21 seconds short to the fastest time.
Then, stage one took the peloton to the tough climb of La Planche des Belles Filles, passing also the Col des Chevrères on the way. In this stage, Krieger joined the early breakaway of sixteen which was thinned out to only seven riders after the first ascent of the day. Unfortunately, Krieger had to let his six companions go when the roads became steeper and steeper. On the in fog wrapped final climb towards La Planche des Belles Filles, Szymon Rekita kept the honour of Leopard by finishing in a respectable 26th position, 1’30” behind winner Markus Hoelgaard.
After the epic journey of the day before, stage two was on paper the easiest stage of the race. Starting in Belfort, the bunch covered 144 kilometers over relatively flat roads before the stage winner would be decided on a nasty kick up to the finish line in Blotzheim. After Tom Wirtgen represented the Leopard colours in the break, Alexander Krieger came close to a stage win by sprinting to third after starting the sprint too far back. With just two more days, of which one is the queen stage of this year’s edition, Rekita is the best placed Leopard rider in the GC, on a 23rd position with a disadvantage of 1’48:”.
Markus Zingen, DS: “In every stage we tried to be play different cards. This means that we also needed to be part of the breakaways. In stage one we had first Jan Brockhoff and later Alexander Krieger in front, but as the mountains were very hard and steep, there was not that much more possible for us. Yesterday was a very fast day, in the second hour we had an average speed of 48 kilometers per hour! First a group with Szymon Rekita went away, but as they were to dangerous to the GC riders, they were reeled back in. Later also Tom Wirtgen tried to attack but in the end we prepared the sprint for Alexander as planned. A third place is very good, especially in this field with with many good teams and riders.”