Dominic Klemme wrote cycling history today: by winning the GP Samyn in Belgium he took the first ever victory for the new team, LEOPARD TREK.
He outsmarted the bunch, chased down Belgium’s Kevyn Ista of Cofidis and rode solo uphill to the finish line in Dour. His teammate Robert Wagner finished third.
Bjorn Leukemans of Vacansoleil seemed to be heading to the win when he escaped from the peloton around 60 km from the finish. But a smaller group of riders got back to him with only 6 kilometers to go. When Kevyn Ista escaped from that group, he looked very confident to close the deal, but Dominic Klemme thought differently.
The final climb to Dour proved to be decisive. Klemme caught and passed Ista, who eventually finished second. In the bunch sprint, LEOPARD TREK’s Robert Wagner took third place.
“I’m super happy”, Dominic says. “I had cramps in the final kilometers, but I knew I had to hang in there because everyone was half dead back in the chase. I wasn’t sure my attack was going to last until the finish line, but the top of the climb was visible, so I could see the finish all the time. I was super motivated to win this one for us.”
Sport director Lars Michaelsen was obviously very happy with the first win of LEOPARD TREK. “I asked the riders to stay in the front of the race at all times. We all had our minds set on winning from the first kilometer. When we reached the local circuit, I asked the team to close the gap on the breakaway group. They were very alert and I have to congratulate them all. We have a lot to be proud of today”.