Tour of Luxembourg: Roelandts grabs solo victory while Fuglsang secures overall win
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Tour of Luxembourg: Roelandts grabs solo victory while Fuglsang secures overall win

by José Been at 12:04 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Tour de Luxembourg
 
Final GC battle ended early due to dangerous conditions

Jurgen RoelandtsGoing clear in an early breakaway and then attacking towards the end of the stage, Jurgen Roelandts won the fourth and final stage of the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg. Ben Swift and Davide Appolonio of Team Sky sprinted to second and third place, although the initial results were later recalculated.

Because the hilly local circuit was very wet, the final overall classification of the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg was determined at the first passage of the finish for safety reasons. The stage continued after that with seven local 6.8 kilometers laps. Radioshack, with race leader Jakob Fuglsang, brought the gap down to 25 seconds at the new finish point to secure the overall, and then stopped chasing.

Fuglsang took the final overall classification ahead of Wout Poels and Fränk Schleck, beating the Vacansoleil DCM rider and his own Radioshack-Nissan team-mate by two and five seconds respectively.

"I think the organization made the right decision by ending the GC battle at that point,” he said afterwards. “There was a real risk of crashes and everyone was nervous about staying upright. Our team kept control of the chase behind Jurgen Roelandts, who was alone at the front.”

“Luxembourg is my second home so to win the national tour of Luxembourg is important to the team but also to me,” said Fuglsang, “especially after the difficult spring I had with bad luck and injuries. It’s nice to make a comeback like this. It was the right decision for me to not start the Giro d’Italia and give my knee more time to heal. Now I have this victory and I am very, very happy. The team was riding very strongly and I have to thank them.”

The peloton started the final stage to the capital city in rainy conditions. After four kilometers four riders broke away. Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol), Damien Gaudin (Europcar), Jimmy Casper (AG2r-la Mondiale) and Tom Stamsnijder (Argos-Shimano) took their chance but Radioshack-Nissan-Trek controlled their lead at three minutes.

Roelandts then chose the right moment and attacked, extending his lead to over two minutes. The Belgian had already finished third in the second stage in what was his first race since he sustained a broken vertebrae in the Tour Down Under. The unfortunate rider was later diagnosed with a blocked artery which kept him out of racing untill the Tour of Belgium eleven days ago.

"I felt bad the first day," he said after the finish. "After that it went better with a third place in the second stage. By then I knew the legs were good. I could keep quiet in the grupetto yesterday and today I took my chance. I knew this break could hold until the finish, especially because I was at over twelve minutes in the overall. It was a tough stage but it was my weather. I know how to descend in the rain and that's where I took time."

It was Roelandts' first victory since the 2008 Circuit Franco-Belge.

Apart from taking first and third overall in its home race, Radioshack-Nissan also won the team's classification.

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Skoda Tour of Luxembourg (2.HC) Stage 5 Results: Mersche to Luxembourg, 153.5 km:

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Country Result Name Team Time
bel BEL 1 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) 02:39:58
bel BEL 2 Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:00:25
den DEN 3 Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 4 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ned NED 5 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
lux LUX 6 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
sui SUI 7 Martin Elmiger (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 8 Eliot Lietaer (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) s.t.
ned NED 9 Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 10 Jonathan Hivert (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 11 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
can CAN 12 Michael Barry (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ned NED 13 Dirk Bellemakers (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
ned NED 14 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
lux LUX 15 Bob Jungels (Leopard TREK) s.t.
bel BEL 16 Kristof Goddaert (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
lux LUX 17 Ben Gastauer (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 18 Sebastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
bel BEL 19 Jurgen Van Goolen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
fra FRA 20 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) s.t.
ita ITA 21 Salvatore Puccio (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 22 Romain Lemarchand (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
usa USA 23 Lucas Euser (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
can CAN 24 David Veilleux (Europcar) s.t.
lux LUX 25 Laurent Didier (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ned NED 26 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 27 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
ger GER 28 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ita ITA 29 Davide Appollonio (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 30 Arnaud Labbe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
gbr GBR 31 Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) s.t.
bel BEL 32 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
sui SUI 33 Gregory Rast (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
rsa RSA 34 Jaco Venter (Team Differdange) 00:00:35
den DEN 35 Brian Vandborg (Spidertech Powered By C10) 00:00:48
jpn JPN 36 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) s.t.
usa USA 37 Caleb Fairly (Spidertech Powered By C10) s.t.
fra FRA 38 Yannick Talabardon (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
esp ESP 39 Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
ger GER 40 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 41 Gilles Devillers (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) s.t.
ger GER 42 Sascha Weber (Team Differdange) s.t.
fra FRA 43 Jimmy Casper (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
gbr GBR 44 Luke Rowe (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 45 Florent Barle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:56
swe SWE 46 Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos-Shimano) 00:01:00
fra FRA 47 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ned NED 48 Tom Stamsnijder (Argos-Shimano) 00:01:13
lat LAT 49 Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:01:34
ned NED 50 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) 00:01:36
ned NED 51 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
esp ESP 52 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:04:41
esp ESP 53 Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 54 Eloy Ruiz Pinto (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
bel BEL 55 Kevin Van Melsen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
rus RUS 56 Boris Shpilevsky (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 57 Johan Coenen (Team Differdange) s.t.
esp ESP 58 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
por POR 59 Bruno Sandinha Saraiva (Team Differdange) 00:07:39
esp ESP 60 Antonio Cabello Baena (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
fra FRA DNF Adrien Petit (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne)  
gbr GBR DNF Alex Dowsett (Sky Procycling)  
lux LUX DNF Alex Kirsch (Leopard TREK)  
nzl NZL DNF Alex Meenhorst (Team Differdange)  
fra FRA DNF Alexandre Pichot (Europcar)  
iri IRI DNF Amir Zargari (Ag2R - La Mondiale)  
ger GER DNF Andréas Klöden (RadioShack - Nissan)  
ned NED DNF Arnoud Van Groen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s)  
bel BEL DNF Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team)  
lux LUX DNF Christian Helmig ()  
fra FRA DNF Christophe Laborie (Saur - Sojasun)  
aus AUS DNF Christopher Sutton (Sky Procycling)  
fra FRA DNF Damien Gaudin (Europcar)  
fra FRA DNF David Lelay (Saur - Sojasun)  
bel BEL DNF Frederique Robert (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
bel BEL DNF Gregory Habeaux (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s)  
can CAN DNF Guillaume Boivin (Spidertech Powered By C10)  
fra FRA DNF Jean-marc Marino (Saur - Sojasun)  
lux LUX DNF Jean-pierre Drucker (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s)  
bel BEL DNF Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
bel BEL DNF Jens Debusschere (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
fra FRA DNF Jérôme Cousin (Europcar)  
lux LUX DNF Joel Zangerle (Leopard TREK)  
swe SWE DNF Jonas Ljungblad (Team Differdange)  
bel BEL DNF Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
esp ESP DNF Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Andalucia - Caja Granada)  
bel BEL DNF Kenny De Ketele (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
lux LUX DNS Kevin Feiereisen ()  
bel BEL DNF Kevyn Ista (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s)  
bel BEL DNF Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team)  
lux LUX DNF Lex Reichling ()  
ger GER DNF Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack - Nissan)  
ger GER DNF Marcel Sieberg (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
den DEN DNF Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team)  
ita ITA DNF Massimo Morabito ()  
aus AUS DNF Mathew Hayman (Sky Procycling)  
fin FIN DNF Matti Helminen (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony)  
iri IRI DNF Mehdi Sohrabi (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
bel BEL DNF Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
rus RUS DNF Nikita Novikov (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team)  
esp ESP DNF Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Andalucia - Caja Granada)  
bel BEL DNF Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
bel BEL DNF Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
esp ESP DNF Rafael Valls Ferri (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team)  
sui SUI DNF Raimond Künzli (Spidertech Powered By C10)  
fra FRA DNF Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team)  
fra FRA DNF Rony Martias (Saur - Sojasun)  
can CAN DNF Ryan Anderson (Spidertech Powered By C10)  
fra FRA DNF Saïd Haddou (Europcar)  
bel BEL DNF Staf Scheirlinckx (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s)  
bel BEL DNF Steven Caethoven (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s)  
bel BEL DNF Steven Van Vooren (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)  
fra FRA DNF Thomas Damuseau (Argos-Shimano)  
lux LUX DNF Tom Thill (Team Differdange)  
fra FRA DNF Tristan Valentin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne)  
esp ESP DNF Vicente Reynes Mimo (Lotto - Belisol Team)  
bel BEL DNF Vincent Baestaens (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony)  
can CAN DNF Will Routley (Spidertech Powered By C10)  
fra FRA DNF Yohann Gène (Europcar)  

Final general classification:

Country Result Name Team Time
den DEN 1 Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack - Nissan) 17:08:40
ned NED 2 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:02
lux LUX 3 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:05
fra FRA 4 Jonathan Hivert (Saur - Sojasun) 00:00:20
ned NED 5 Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) 00:00:24
fra FRA 6 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:25
bel BEL 7 Sebastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) 00:00:28
bel BEL 8 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:29
lux LUX 9 Bob Jungels (Leopard TREK) s.t.
sui SUI 10 Martin Elmiger (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:00:32
ita ITA 11 Salvatore Puccio (Sky Procycling) 00:00:36
can CAN 12 Michael Barry (Sky Procycling) 00:00:37
bel BEL 13 Jurgen Van Goolen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) 00:00:39
bel BEL 14 Eliot Lietaer (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:00:40
fra FRA 15 Vincent Jerome (Europcar) 00:00:41
ned NED 16 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
lux LUX 17 Ben Gastauer (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:00:44
usa USA 18 Lucas Euser (Spidertech Powered By C10) 00:00:45
can CAN 19 David Veilleux (Europcar) 00:00:58
bel BEL 20 Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator) 00:01:03
den DEN 21 Brian Vandborg (Spidertech Powered By C10) 00:01:04
jpn JPN 22 Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) 00:01:06
fra FRA 23 Romain Lemarchand (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:01:09
fra FRA 24 Yann Huguet (Argos-Shimano) 00:01:15
ned NED 25 Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) 00:02:12
ned NED 26 Dirk Bellemakers (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) 00:02:13
bel BEL 27 Kristof Goddaert (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:02:16
bel BEL 28 Nico Sijmens (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:02:17
ger GER 29 Sascha Weber (Team Differdange) 00:02:36
usa USA 30 Caleb Fairly (Spidertech Powered By C10) 00:02:47
fra FRA 31 Yannick Talabardon (Saur - Sojasun) 00:02:48
esp ESP 32 Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:02:54
fra FRA 33 Arnaud Labbe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:03:07
swe SWE 34 Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos-Shimano) 00:03:35
lat LAT 35 Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:04:07
bel BEL 36 Johan Coenen (Team Differdange) 00:06:37
bel BEL 37 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:08:15
sui SUI 38 Gregory Rast (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:08:26
rsa RSA 39 Jaco Venter (Team Differdange) 00:08:51
gbr GBR 40 Luke Rowe (Sky Procycling) 00:09:00
bel BEL 41 Gilles Devillers (Landbouwkrediet - Euphony) 00:09:08
fra FRA 42 Florent Barle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:09:22
ned NED 43 Tom Stamsnijder (Argos-Shimano) 00:09:32
esp ESP 44 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:09:41
ned NED 45 Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano) 00:10:00
esp ESP 46 Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:11:06
ned NED 47 Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) 00:11:09
esp ESP 48 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:13:06
ger GER 49 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:13:10
esp ESP 50 Eloy Ruiz Pinto (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:13:12
ger GER 51 Andre Greipel (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:16:15
gbr GBR 52 Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) 00:16:17
ita ITA 53 Davide Appollonio (Sky Procycling) 00:16:24
lux LUX 54 Laurent Didier (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:16:25
fra FRA 55 Jimmy Casper (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:16:34
fra FRA 56 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) 00:16:39
esp ESP 57 Antonio Cabello Baena (Andalucia - Caja Granada) 00:21:36
bel BEL 58 Kevin Van Melsen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) 00:22:21
por POR 59 Bruno Sandinha Saraiva (Team Differdange) 00:23:51
rus RUS 60 Boris Shpilevsky (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:26:59

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