Engoulvent scoops early lead in Skoda Tour of Luxembourg via prologue success
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Engoulvent scoops early lead in Skoda Tour of Luxembourg via prologue success

by José Been at 6:26 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Tour de Luxembourg
Rast and Hivert net second and third

Jimmy EngoulventRepeating his successes of 2007 and 2010, Frenchman Jimmy Engoulvent raced to a clear victory in today’s prologue of the Skoda Tour of Luxembourg. The 32 year old Saur Sojasun rider beat Gregory Rast (RadioShack Nissan) plus his own team-mate Jonathan Hivert by three seconds. Sky Procycling’s Mathew Hayman was five seconds back, while GC contender Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack Nissan) was a further two seconds back in fifth.

Last year’s overall winner Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack Nissan) finished twenty seconds behind in 58th, losing considerable time over the short distance.

The 2.6 kilometre long prologue was one for the specialists. Known time trial experts like Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) and Maxime Monfort (Radioshack-Nissan-Trek) couldn't clock the fastest time on the mostly downhill course. Most riders used a regular road bike because of the sharp turns and the steep cobbled climb to the finish. The 300 meter stretch of cobbles made the prologue really explosive.

The best young rider was Tom Dumoulin of Argos-Shimano. The 21-year old Dutchman is a first year pro and finished seventh, seven seconds from the winner. "I checked Youtube to see what that climb was like,” he said afterwards, showing part of the efforts he made to be ready. “I saw images of Cancellara last year. It was everything my teammates told me it would be. The course suited me, short and explosive.

“I did a thorough recon and rode twice in the car when teammates were out on the course. I am glad it paid off. Of course, this is a nice prize and I hope I can defend the white jersey. In some years when I am stronger, I hope to ride for the win here."

The Tour of Luxembourg continues on Thursday with a 181 kilometer long stage from the capital to Hesperange. It has three categorised climbs but is likely to finish in a bunch sprint, as was the case in previous years.


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Skoda Tour of Luxembourg (2.HC), stage 1 results: Prologue tT

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Country Result Name Team Time
fra FRA 1 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) 00:03:43
sui SUI 2 Gregory Rast (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:03
fra FRA 3 Jonathan Hivert (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
aus AUS 4 Mathew Hayman (Sky Procycling) 00:00:05
den DEN 5 Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:07
ger GER 6 Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ned NED 7 Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 8 Jimmy Casper (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 9 Damien Gaudin (Europcar) s.t.
lat LAT 10 Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:08
fra FRA 11 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
lux LUX 12 Jean-pierre Drucker (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
bel BEL 13 Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:00:09
ned NED 14 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
den DEN 15 Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:10
swe SWE 16 Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
gbr GBR 17 Alex Dowsett (Sky Procycling) 00:00:11
bel BEL 18 Sebastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
esp ESP 19 Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
fra FRA 20 Adrien Petit (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ger GER 21 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 22 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:12
lux LUX 23 Bob Jungels (Leopard TREK) s.t.
fra FRA 24 Christophe Laborie (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
lux LUX 25 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 26 Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
gbr GBR 27 Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) 00:00:13
ned NED 28 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 29 Alexandre Pichot (Europcar) s.t.
ger GER 30 Sascha Weber (Team Differdange) 00:00:14
ned NED 31 Dirk Bellemakers (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
gbr GBR 32 Luke Rowe (Sky Procycling) s.t.
can CAN 33 Will Routley (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
fra FRA 34 Rony Martias (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 35 Kevyn Ista (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) 00:00:15
bel BEL 36 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
sui SUI 37 Martin Elmiger (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 38 Jean-eudes Demaret (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:16
esp ESP 39 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
bel BEL 40 Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 41 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:00:17
swe SWE 42 Jonas Ljungblad (Team Differdange) s.t.
nzl NZL 43 Alex Meenhorst (Team Differdange) s.t.
fra FRA 44 Arnaud Labbe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ger GER 45 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ger GER 46 Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 47 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:18
fra FRA 48 David Lelay (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
rsa RSA 49 Jaco Venter (Team Differdange) s.t.
ned NED 50 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 51 Jérôme Cousin (Europcar) 00:00:19
ita ITA 52 Salvatore Puccio (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 53 Davide Appollonio (Sky Procycling) 00:00:20
bel BEL 54 Jens Debusschere (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 55 Kristof Goddaert (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 56 Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
can CAN 57 Ryan Anderson (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
ger GER 58 Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
can CAN 59 Michael Barry (Sky Procycling) s.t.
lux LUX 60 Christian Helmig () 00:00:21
lux LUX 61 Laurent Didier (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 62 Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 63 Jeremie Galland (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ned NED 64 Tom Stamsnijder (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 65 Romain Lemarchand (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:00:22
lux LUX 66 Alex Kirsch (Leopard TREK) s.t.
aus AUS 67 Christopher Sutton (Sky Procycling) s.t.
bel BEL 68 Gilles Devillers (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
bel BEL 69 Jurgen Van Goolen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
ned NED 70 Arnoud Van Groen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
fin FIN 71 Matti Helminen (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) 00:00:23
fra FRA 72 Saïd Haddou (Europcar) s.t.
esp ESP 73 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 74 Kevin Van Melsen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
sui SUI 75 Raimond Künzli (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
bel BEL 76 Eliot Lietaer (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
fra FRA 77 Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 78 Kenny De Ketele (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
den DEN 79 Brian Vandborg (Spidertech Powered By C10) 00:00:24
fra FRA 80 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) s.t.
lux LUX 81 Tom Thill (Team Differdange) s.t.
ned NED 82 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
usa USA 83 Caleb Fairly (Spidertech Powered By C10) 00:00:25
bel BEL 84 Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
bel BEL 85 Johan Coenen (Team Differdange) s.t.
bel BEL 86 Davy Commeijne (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
lux LUX 87 Pit Schlechter (Leopard TREK) s.t.
fra FRA 88 Yannick Talabardon (Saur - Sojasun) 00:00:26
esp ESP 89 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
jpn JPN 90 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) s.t.
ned NED 91 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
esp ESP 92 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:00:27
bel BEL 93 Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
lux LUX 94 Ben Gastauer (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
iri IRI 95 Amir Zargari (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:00:28
usa USA 96 Lucas Euser (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
fra FRA 97 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 98 Florent Barle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
esp ESP 99 Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ltu LTU 100 Gediminas Kaupas (Team Differdange) s.t.
ita ITA 101 Massimo Morabito () 00:00:29
iri IRI 102 Mehdi Sohrabi (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 103 Staf Scheirlinckx (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
rus RUS 104 Boris Shpilevsky (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
rus RUS 105 Nikita Novikov (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 106 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
fra FRA 107 Tristan Valentin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:30
fra FRA 108 Thomas Damuseau (Argos-Shimano) 00:00:31
esp ESP 109 Antonio Cabello Baena (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
bel BEL 110 Steven Caethoven (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
esp ESP 111 Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:00:32
lux LUX 112 Joel Zangerle (Leopard TREK) s.t.
bel BEL 113 Gregory Habeaux (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
esp ESP 114 Eloy Ruiz Pinto (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:00:33
por POR 115 Bruno Sandinha Saraiva (Team Differdange) s.t.
esp ESP 116 Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:00:34
lux LUX 117 Lex Reichling () 00:00:36
can CAN 118 Guillaume Boivin (Spidertech Powered By C10) 00:00:38
lux LUX 119 Kevin Feiereisen () 00:00:39
bel BEL 120 Vincent Baestaens (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) 00:00:40
ned NED 121 Stefan Cohnen (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
bel BEL 122 Frederique Robert (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
can CAN 123 David Veilleux (Europcar) 00:00:41
ned NED 124 Reinier Honig (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) 00:00:43
fra FRA 125 Yohann Gène (Europcar) 00:00:44
bel BEL 126 Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:00:52

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