Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg

Stage 2) Steinfort - Eschdorf (Esch-Sur-Sûre)

LU Luxembourg Wednesday 15 September 2021 186.1 km

Almeida runner-up on Luxembourg queen stage

Almeida runner-up on Luxembourg queen stage

Seven classified climbs, lashing rain and slippery roads made for an attritional day in the saddle at the Tour de Luxembourg, which got off to a quiet start before things became more hectic in the final 30 kilometers. Victorious on the opening stage and clad in the leader’s yellow jersey, João Almeida was surrounded by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates, who took over the reins and kept in check the four men who animated the 186.1km stage.

Mattia Cattaneo, Dries Devenyns, Fausto Masnada, Pieter Serry and Mauri Vansevenant did again a wonderful job in the service of Almeida, pegging back the breakaway with around 30 kilometers to go and helping the Portuguese pick up three important bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint. Soon after, the pace went up again and one rider put the pressure on the overall leader of the race, but the Wolfpack was again there, duly making up ground and reeling in the lone attacker at the base of the final climb, one averaging 8.4% over 3.1 kilometers.

A flurry of attacks whittled down the group to just a handful of riders, and Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) took advantage of this to go clear on the steepest section and solo to a victory that landed him the yellow jersey on his shoulders. Almeida led the chasing group over the line eight seconds behind and took runner-up in Eschdorf, a result that saw him slip to second in the overall standings but keep hold of the points jersey.

“It was a hard day and the goal was to not lose too much time. The team was great and I am grateful for how they rode for me, nullifying the breakaway and protecting me perfectly. I’m content with how things went on this tough parcours that didn’t give any moment of respite and with the fact that at the end of the day the gaps are small, that’s the most important thing”, said João after the podium ceremony.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
4:45:12
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:08
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:08
4 Davide Formolo
UAE-Team Emirates
0:08
5 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
0:08
6 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:08
7 Pierre Latour
Team TotalEnergies
0:20
8 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
0:20
9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:20
10 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:20
20 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:41
21 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:41
31 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:16
44 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:51
104 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:53
1 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
8:01:06
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:19
4 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:23
5 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
0:23
6 Davide Formolo
UAE-Team Emirates
0:23
7 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:33
8 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:35
9 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:35
10 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:35
20 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:56
21 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:56
35 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:06
38 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:48
67 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:25
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
2 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
33 pt
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
18 pt
4 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
16 pt
5 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
12 pt
6 Davide Formolo
UAE-Team Emirates
11 pt
7 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
11 pt
8 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
9 pt
9 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
9 pt
10 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7 pt
1 Kenny Molly
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
29 pt
2 Sebastian Schönberger
20 pt
3 Adam de Vos
Rally Cycling
5 pt
4 Kamil Gradek
Vini Zabù
4 pt
5 Emerson Oronte
Rally Cycling
4 pt
6 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
3 pt
7 Jack Bauer
Team BikeExchange
3 pt
8 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
2 pt
10 Oier Lazkano López
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
2 pt
11 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
12 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
8:01:06
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:19
4 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:35
5 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
0:56
6 Oier Lazkano López
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:56
7 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
0:56
8 Jan Maas
Leopard Pro Cycling
1:39
9 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE-Team Emirates
3:45
10 Kevin Colleoni
Team BikeExchange
4:03
12 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:48
1 UAE-Team Emirates 24:04:19
2 Groupama - FDJ 0:20
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:14
4 Trek - Segafredo 6:49
5 AG2R Citroën Team 8:28
6 Team BikeExchange 14:07
7 DELKO 14:36
8 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 14:41
9 Team Arkéa Samsic 17:47
10 Team TotalEnergies 18:09

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