cycling news / Solid performances in the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg
With just one stage to go in the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg, the Leopard Pro Cycling Team can already look back with a good feeling. After the good results in the prologue and the first stage – Alexander Krieger finished respectively 7th and 11th -, the team continued to perform well in stage two and three.
Right after the start of the second stage a leading group of seven formed, in which Carmelo Foti and Aksel Nõmmela were representing the team. They had a good adavantage, but then the cooperation stopped and only three guys managed to stay in front as the other four were reeled in by BMC. The trio in front were joined by Tim Kerkhof (Roompot Oranje Peloton) who managed to be the last survivor of the break. When the peloton hit the final climb in Schifflange, Philippe Gilbert (BMC) went all out and beat Maurits Lammertink (Roompot Oranje Peloton) with one wheel. The Leopard Pro Cycling Team stayed at the front of the bunch the whole race and helped Alexander Krieger finish as eighteenth, which moved him up to the sixth position in the general classification.
On Saturday, the first of the final two tough stages was on the menu. After 18 kilometers, Jan Brockhoff tried to attack with the Australian Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEDGE), but this was not to the linking of Roompot-Oranje Peloton. Then, some more attacks were placed, but it was only after 50 kilometers before the break of the day went away. The five guys in front were heading into the tough final as the rain started pouring down. Together with the challenging circuit – three times the Col de l’Europe – it made for a true warzone.
In the first two passages of the climb, Patrick managed to stay in front with the strongest guys, but when the front of the race passed the climb the third time, the Dane broke and followed at the top at 20 meters from the first group. Unfortunately, he was not able to close the gap down as the race continued into finish town Differdange. Here, Anthony Turgis (Cofidis) won the sprint of a leading quartet. Patrick Olesen finished as 31st and Alexander Krieger followed shortly after him as 33rd. With just one tough stage to go, Alexander Krieger is now 22nd in the general classification at 1’02”. With a lot of climbing still to be done, everything can still happen.