cycling news / Third place in time trial Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux for Tom Wirtgen
On the final day at Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux, Tom Wirtgen had a very strong performance as he finished third in the time trial over a distance of ten kilometers.
In the early morning, the young Luxembourger missed the victory by only four seconds and left a lot of strong guys – like for example the U23 Time Trial World Champion and overall winner Mads Würtz – behind him.
Tom Wirtgen is content with his performance: “I am really happy with the third place. It was my first time trial of this season and I knew that we had the strongest time trialist here at the start. You always hope to win of course, but I was faster then the world champion, which felt like a victory on its own.”
Results Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux | Stage 3a
3. Tom Wirtgen (LUX) + 0’04”
51. Patrick Olesen (DEN) + 0’56”
57. Aksel Nõmmela (EST) + 1’02”
90. Massimo Morabito (LUX) + 1’25”
122. Pit Schlechter (LUX) + 1’59”
In the afternoon there was a final stage. As the time gaps in the general classification were still small, everyone knew that it would be a hard fight. Some teams attacked the jellow yersey and a dangerous breakaway formed quickly. However, Team Trefor of leader Mads Würtz reeled them back in. In the final, the team tried to go for a good stage results as the overall ranking was not that important anymore. Tom showed a great fighting spirit with a late attack. Unfortunately, he was caught in the final meters of the stage: eleventh.
Team Manager Markus Zingen concludes: “In this race we saw once again that sometimes there are only small details between a huge success and a good performance. We showed active racing and weren’t afraid to try new things out. I’m pretty sure that the guys will go with self-confidence into the next races. Altough we now have many injured and sick riders, I am sure that when everyone’s back, we will have many more nice results this season!
Results Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux | Stage 3b
11. Tom Wirtgen (LUX)
17. Aksel Nõmmela (EST)
46. Pit Schlechter (LUX)
74. Massimo Morabito (LUX) + 0’19”
91. Patrick Olesen (DEN) + 0’19”
Final General Classification Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
27. Aksel Nõmmela (EST) + 1’55”
33. Patrick Olesen (DEN) + 2’05”
49. Tom Wirtgen (LUX) + 2’42”
95. Pit Schlechter (LUX) + 10’28
122. Massimo Morabito (LUX) + 23’50”