cycling news / Tough day at Paris-Troyes lead to 7th place
185 KILOMETERS ON DIFFICULT TERRAIN, IN TOUGH WEATHER CONDITIONS, AMONGST STRONG PROFESSIONAL CONTINENTAL TEAMS, IT WERE THE PERFECT INGREDIENTS FOR A CLASSIC DAY OF RACING AT PARIS-TROYES. WITH AN ACTIVE JENS REYNDERS AND A GOOD FINAL SPRINT OF ALEXANDER KRIEGER, LEOPARD PRO CYCLING CAN BE HAPPY WITH THE END RESULT.
Leopard Pro Cycling improving on last year’s result
Just after noon, the race started in the city of Nogent-sur-Seine, about 90 kilometers southeast of Paris. With moody weather conditions, the peloton began a 185 kilometers long journey to Troyes, with a local circuit on the route that would mean eight tours and sixteen climbs before entering the final 25 kilometers. Being a French UCI 1.2 race, this caused that strong teams such as Direct Energie, Fortuneo, Vital Concept, and Sport Vlaanderen were present.
After several attacks, the break of the day established itself after 35 kilometers of racing. Altough this trio created a lead that went up to three minutes, they were still caught at eighty kilometers from the final stretch. As a new trio placed themselves in front, Leopard Pro Cycling’s Jens Reynders tried to bridge the gap on his own. He came close, but when a solid group of eight riders joined him, the gap to the leaders in the race was closed.
Unfortunately for our Belgian youngster, everything came back together as the race progessed into the deep final towards Troyes. Despite another attack of three guys, a bunch sprint was going to happen. In this sprint, Adrien Petit took the win for Lorrenzo Manzin. For Leopard Pro Cycling, Alexander Krieger was able to sprint to a seventh position, a deserved result after a tough day in which Jens Reynders helped to determine the story of the race.
Jens Reynders: “The climbs in the middle section of the race made it a really hard one. I had a bit of bad luck when I had a flat tire after about 100 kilometers when the peloton cranked it’s gears. After my flat tire, I also had to change my wheel, but I was able to combe back to the peloton. After one of the climbs, I tried to bridge to the three leaders in front that had an advantage of about one minute. I was able to come back to about 20 seconds, but luckily some good riders from Fortuneo and Direct Energie joined my. Togheter we rode to the front, but unfortunately for me, all came back together. I did not sprint myself in the bunch sprint, but I am happy to see that Alexander was able to end the race in a great seventh position.”
1. Adrien Petit (Direct Energie)
7. Alexander Krieger (GER) s.t.
19. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) s.t.
30. Jens Reynders (BEL) s.t.
34. Szymon Rekita (POL) s.t.
43. Filip Maciejuk (POL)
DNF. Gaëtan Pons (LUX)
DNF. Pit Leyder (LUX)