cycling news / Wirtgen and Maciejuk on track for a top result at Le Triptyque
WITH JUST ONE DAY TO GO AT THE TRIPTYQUE DES MONTS ET CHÂTEAUX, LUC WIRTGEN AND FILIP MACIEJUK ARE STILL IN CONTENTION FOR A GOOD OVERALL RESULT. WITH A 9,6 KILOMETERS LONG INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL AND A TOUGH CLOSING STAGE LEFT, STAYING FOCUSSED IS IMPORTANT.
Luc Wirtgen finds himself back at fourteenth overall
Today, the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux went into its second day and it took the riders from Tournai to Leuze-en-Hainaut over a distance of 167,3 kilometers. On the road there were three KOM sprints, but it was more the rain and wind that could decide the outcome of the stage. Because of a very high pace in the pack, there were not that much notable attacks in the opening phase. A group of four riders went clear and this was not a problem for the peloton that was led by Sunweb. When the gap was almost at five minutes, Leopard Pro Cycling’s Luc Wirtgen attacked and two others followed. Together they bridged to the front really fast en therefore Wirtgen was able to take one bonus second at an intermediate sprint.
At the 55 kilometer to go mark, the peloton suddenly woke up and went full gas, which meant that the bunch was split into four pieces. Since another rider drove into Pit Leyder’s wheel and made him lose eight spokes, the young Luxembourger could never make it back to the front. Although the pace was high and there was a six-men group that went in the attack in the deep final, all came back together for a bunch sprint. Mario Spengler tried his luck but was unable to do anything, since he lost all his power in coming back from two flat tires during the stage.
Tomorrow morning there is a 9,6 kilometer long individual time trial planned. With both Luc Wirtgen and Filip Maciejuk – who was third at the Junior World Time Trial Championships in Bergen – still in a good position in the general classification, the result has never been more important. Any damage can still be restored in the final stage that will take place in the afternoon, altough this one can be named as the queen stage of this year’s race and therefore can not be underestimated.
53. Mario Spengler (SUI) s.t.
54. Filip Maciejuk (POL) s.t.
84. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) s.t.
86. Charlie Quarterman (GBR) + 6’19”
101. Pit Leyder (LUX) + 6’46”
14. Luc Wirtgen (LUX) +0’21”
49. Filip Maciejuk (POL) + 0’22”
72. Mario Spengler (SUI) + 1’48”
80. Pit Leyder (LUX) + 7’08”
108. Charlie Quarterman (GBR) + 20’42”