Almeida takes stage honours in Luxembourg opener

Almeida takes stage honours in Luxembourg opener

Tuesday 14 September 2021 - 17:29
Almeida takes stage honours in Luxembourg opener

Almeida takes stage honours in Luxembourg opener

Tuesday 14 September 2021 - 17:29

The 23-year-old leads the race after his fifth victory of the season.

João Almeida became the first Portuguese since the legendary Acacio da Silva, in 1990, to win a stage at the Tour de Luxembourg, which got underway Tuesday afternoon with a short and hilly 140km stage that culminated in a reduced bunch sprint.

An interminable succession of climbs awaited the peloton, who decided to allow a six-man group to build a maximum gap of four minutes after rolling out from the country’s capital. Deceuninck – Quick-Step hit the front some twenty kilometers from the start, asserting their control over the race and steadily chewing into the gap of the men up the road. Fausto Masnada, who made his first appearance in almost three months for the Wolfpack, was among those devoting all their energies to bringing back the breakaway, which was mopped up inside the closing three kilometers.

Our team then reeled in some late attacks before bringing Almeida to the front as the road began rising ahead of the flamme rouge, and the 23-year-old patiently waited for the finishing straight before bursting clear from his opponents, courtesy of a truly ferocious sprint unleashed 200 meters from the line that brought him his fifth victory of the season.

“It was a very hard stage, and to be truthful, I didn’t feel great, but I had a strong team around me who did an amazing job, chasing the escapees and protecting me throughout the day. I knew that if I had the legs, the uphill finish would suit me. I played it smart there and I’m happy I could pull it off. Donning the yellow jersey is a nice bonus, but we won’t think of the GC just yet, and instead continue to take it day by day and see how things go”, said João, only the second Portuguese in history to lead the Tour de Luxembourg.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:16:09
2 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
3 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
4 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
6 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
7 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
8 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
10 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
0:00
31 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
35 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
36 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
52 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:17
59 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:17
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:15:59
2 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:04
3 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:06
4 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:10
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:10
6 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:10
7 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
8 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
0:10
9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
10 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
0:10
31 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
35 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
36 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
52 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:27
59 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:27
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
2 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
16 pt
3 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
13 pt
4 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
11 pt
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
9 pt
6 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7 pt
7 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
5 pt
8 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
3 pt
9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
2 pt
10 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
1 pt
1 Kenny Molly
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
10 pt
2 Sebastian Schönberger
8 pt
3 Emerson Oronte
Rally Cycling
4 pt
4 Jack Bauer
Team BikeExchange
3 pt
5 Oier Lazkano López
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
2 pt
6 Pierre Latour
Team TotalEnergies
1 pt
7 Evaldas Šiškevičius
DELKO
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:15:59
2 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:06
3 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:10
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
5 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
0:10
6 Luc Wirtgen
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
0:10
7 Oier Lazkano López
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:10
8 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
9 Anthon Charmig
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:10
10 Fabio Van Den Bossche
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:10
17 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:27
1 Groupama - FDJ 9:48:27
2 UAE-Team Emirates 0:00
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:00
4 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:00
5 AG2R Citroën Team 0:17
6 Team BikeExchange 0:32
7 Trek - Segafredo 1:13
8 Leopard Pro Cycling 1:27
9 Team TotalEnergies 2:17
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 2:17

Top results

1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:16:09
2 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
3 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
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