cycling news / Racing on home soil at the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg
The time has finally come for Leopard Pro Cycling as tomorrow evening the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg will have its start with a 2,9 kilometer prologue through the city center of Luxembourg. The team is ready for the most important race of this season, as it is the biggest stage race in the home country.
Selection: Jan Brockhoff, Alexander Krieger, Carmelo Foti, Aksel Nõmmela, Patrick Olesen, Pit Schlechter, Fábio Silvestre & Laurent Vanden Bak – DS: Tom Flammang & Florian Salzinger
On Wednesday evening, the race will start with a short and technical prologue of only 2,9 kilometers. In this prologue, a climb of almost 500 meters with an average gradient of 12% needs to be covered. For sure, the riders will plenty of power in the legs will manage to do a good result. The first two stages will probably be the easiest stages of this tour. On the first day the peloton will leave Luxembourg City for a stage of 170,6 kilometers to Hesperange. On the road there are four climbs, but the expectation is that the stage will be decided in a mass sprint finish. This cannot be said for stage two as the finish is on top of the Col de Schiffange, which has an average gradient of 13% during the 440 meters long climb.
As the peloton heads into the weekend, two really tough stages are on the menu. On Saturday not a single meter is flat, which means that the race will be a battle of attrition. In the final 25 kilometers, the Col de l’Europe needs to be covered three times and this climb will alternated with two rushes for bonification seconds. Logically, one can expect a big fight from the GC contenders. In the closing stage, the peloton returns to Luxembourg City in a 178 kilometers long stage in which the riders encouter no less than six climbs. The Pabeierbierg needs to be covered six times – only four times categorized – and the last time will directly be the finish. The Leopard Pro Cycling riders will face a tough challenge, but regarding to Sports Director Tom Flammang, the team is more than ready.
DS Tom Flammang: “Yes, we are outsiders, but this doesn’t mean that we are just going to sit in the bunch and wait on what is going to happen. This is our home race and we know the course pretty well, so we should take advantage of this situation and be in the best positions in crucial moments. We will show the Leopard jersey and try to make the best possible results every single day. I want our young riders to grow and take the next step in their evolution to becoming a professional cyclist. During these five days it is important to go over the limit and be very concentrated. If we can start off well with a good prologue and maybe get one top five in the other stages, then we did a fantastic job.”
01.06 | Prologue | Luxembourg (2,9 km)
02.06 | Stage 1 | Luxembourg – Hesperange (170,6 km)
03.06 | Stage 2 | Rosport – Schifflange (162,8 km)
04.06 | Stage 3 | Eschweiler – Differdange (177,4 km)
05.06 | Stage 4 | Mersch – Luxembourg (178,2 km)