cycling news / Up next: Circuit de Wallonie

Before Leopard Pro Cycling’s attention shifts completely to the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg, the team will first head to Mont-sur-Marchienne to start at the Circuit de Wallonie, a Belgian UCI 1.2 race with a lot of altitude meters.

ROSTER: Jan Brockhoff, Szymon Rekita, Jens Reynders, Charlie Quarterman, Mario Spengler & Luc Wirtgen – DS: Gregor Willwohl

Coming into the 52nd edition of the Circuit de Wallonie with some great recent results, Leopard Pro Cycling is motivated to work hard and gain even more self-confidence for the upcoming Skoda Tour de Luxembourg. 26 teams of eight different nations will gather at the start line in Mont-sur-Marchienne. For Leopard it will be the first participation in this race.

From the start in Mont-sur-Marchienne, the riders will first take on a big anti-clockwise lap of 126,5 kilometers. Via Morlanwelz, La Louvière, Binche and Beaumont and plenty of altitude meters the race will then come back to the starting town. After passing the finish line for the first time, 54 kilometers and five local laps over hilly terrain are left. A difficult, elimination race is to be expected, says youngster Luc Wirtgen.

Luc Wirtgen: “The Circuit de Wallonie will not be an easy one as the race goes up and down all day long. In the end, I expect an elimination race as we will see the bunch reducing numbers over the kilometers. Of course we come very confident into the race and we are ready to achieve very good results. My last race was the Flèche du Sud and it was nice to race on my home soil and wearing a distinctif jersey for two days. After the important Circuit de Wallonie, I will ride the Course de la Paix with the national team, which is going to be my next important race.”

27.05 | Mont-sur-Marchienne – Mont-sur-Marchienne (176,9 km)