cycling news / Great start at Škoda Tour de Luxembourg
After two days of racing at de Škoda Tour de Luxembourg, Leopard Pro Cycling can be happy about the performances of its riders. In the prologue in Luxembourg City, Alexander Krieger had the seventh fastest time and the German sprinted to the eleventh position in the first stage one day later.
On Wednesday, the Tour de Luxembourg started with a short prologue of only 2,9 kilometers, which had a tough climb of about 400 meters on the route. In the pouring rain the Luxembourger Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing Team) went full gas and won the prologue with an advantage of three seconds on Maurits Lammertink (Roompot-Oranje Peloton). Alexander Krieger put in a great performance which resulted in the seventh place, but also Pit Schlechter and Patrick Olesen performed well with a respectively 22nd a 24th place.
The first stage went from Luxembourg City to Hesperange over a distance of 170,6 kilometers. In this stage a breakaway of three formed with Etienne Van Empel (Roompot-Oranje Peloton), Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Thomas Deruette (Wallonie-Bruxelles). In the peloton the teams of leader Jean-Pierre Drucker and favorites for the stage win André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE) decided to take responsibility and closed the gap down in the final circuit. This meant that a bunch sprint could not be avoided and André Greipel thanked his teammates and won the stage in front of Adam Blythe (Tinkoff). After his seventh place in the prologue, Alexander Krieger showed his fast legs once again with an eleventh place.
Alexander Krieger: “In the prologue we had some really bad weather, but I think I had a good ride uphill on the cobbles. This was the main reason that I became seventh. Today was not that fast. Unfortunately we were not able to get in the breakaway, but we stayed together the whole day. Unfortunately, we lost eachother in the final, however I still tried to get a good position for the final. It would be nice to have a top ten finish, but eleventh is also a good result. Now, we are already looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully do a little bit better.”