Tour Luxembourg – Valentin Madouas takes the first stage, Berthet the third

Tour Luxembourg - Valentin Madouas s

valentine madouas is fit before worlds ! Ten days after his first success of the season in the Tour of the Doubsthe Breton puncher continued his streak by winning the first stage of the Skoda Tour Luxembourg. After 163.8 kilometers of unevenness, and after a first attack from his partner kevin geniusesthe resident of the Groupama-FDJ He played the shot to perfection in the final bump when he counterattacked two kilometers from the finish line. No one could follow or see Brestois again, who crossed the line 3″ ahead of the Dutchman. Sjoerd Bax (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and 7″ in Clement Berthet (AG2R Citroën Team), out against. Setting the platoon sprint to 8″, Matthew Trentino (UAE Team Emirates) ranked fourth ahead of Florian Senechal (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl). In the general classification, madouas logically he puts on the jersey of the first leader.

Video – After the Tour du Doubs, Madouas wins in Luxembourg!

A six-runner breakaway to the front, Groupama-FDJ toughens up the race

The first step of Skoda Tour Luxembourg undertakes a mountainous circuit of 163.8 kilometers around the capital of the same name. In wet conditions, the first breakaway of the event formed very quickly with six riders. Nicholas E.g (One-X Pro Cycling Team), Gil Gelder (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB), Thomas Sacristan (Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling), Kasper Viberg Sogaard (Riwal cycling team), Antonio Jesus Soto (Euskaltel – Euskadi) and justin wolf (Leopard Pro Cycling) counted down to almost 6 minutes before the peloton reacted and stabilized this advantage, with about 100 kilometers to go.

Then we approach a sequence of three shores enumerated in about forty terminals, with the mMount Niklosbierg, the Côte de Bourscheid and finally the eschdorf coast. As the fugitives fight for the tops of the mountains… Gil Gelder passing two of them and taking control of this additional classification – the peloton takes advantage of this to accelerate, particularly under the impetus of the Groupama-FDJ. The French formation shows its ambitions by tightening the race and reducing the difference to just one minute at the end of this difficult stage (55 km remaining). Now it is a relatively flat section that is offered to runners up to the maximum difficulty of the day, the Staffelter Coast.

Geniets launch hostilities on the final climb, Madouas responds and wins in Luxembourg!

The peloton then decides to slow down a bit so as not to return too quickly to the leading group, which now only has 5 units left, Antonio Jesus Soto unable to keep up with his fellow fugitives. The difference in altitude stagnates around 1’30” until the approach to the Côte de Stafelter. The best teams then engage in a great battle on winding roads to get closer to the justice of the peace of the day, whose foot is well placed. more than 11 km of the line The packet, taken by the Groupama-FDJ, attacks the first slopes and swallows the last survivors of the escape. No offense to report, but the high pace runs a good pick from behind and dooms some speedsters.

After a short descent, the road climbs to the finish line with an unmarked pothole in Luxembourg. With 2.5 terminals, kevin geniuses place a first flag that hurts. By the time he gets back to the local broker, his partner valentine madouas counter and go alone! It is very well played by the Frenchman who takes advantage of this moment of calm to dig. Behind, everyone needs to catch their breath and the chase is disorganized. After the red flame, the Breton keeps his effort on a flatter section and is going to cross the line for his second success in the space of a few days! He is a few seconds ahead of the Dutchman Sjoerd Baxafter Clement Berthet.

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