Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg

Stage 5) Mersch - Luxembourg-Limpertsberg

LU Luxembourg Saturday 18 September 2021 183.7 km

João Almeida wins the Tour de Luxembourg

João Almeida wins the Tour de Luxembourg

João Almeida continued his red-hot form by securing the GC victory at the 81st edition of the Tour de Luxembourg after one of the most dominant rides seen at the race in recent history, the 23-year-old taking home also the points and youth classification, in addition to four top 3 finishes, including his victory on the opening day.

Created in 1935, the same year as the Vuelta a España, the Tour de Luxembourg marked the second time this year that João triumphed in a stage race, after the Tour de Pologne six weeks ago, where he captured his maiden World Tour victory. Supported by an incredibly strong Deceuninck – Quick-Step team, the man from Caldas da Rainha rode calmly and authoritatively, asserting his dominance over the race regardless of the terrain, and became the first Portuguese in history to win the Tour de Luxembourg – racking up our team’s 60th victory since the start of the year.

Almeida was joined on the overall podium of the competition by teammate Mattia Cattaneo, who finished third thanks to a solid display in the time trial, making Deceuninck – Quick-Step the first squad in six years to place two riders in the top three. But the most special moment, as João was quick to point out after the last stage, was having the whole Wolfpack there to celebrate winning the team classification.

“To notch up another stage race after Poland feels amazing, but what made everything more memorable was being with all the guys on the podium to receive the best team trophy. It’s thanks to them that this was possible, this is a team victory, and I am grateful for their effort and incredible work and commitment. We had an incredible week, we were there every single day, fought hard and took two stage victories, so we can be proud of what we achieved. I had good legs in Luxembourg and I hope to carry this form into the last races of the year”, said the young Portuguese, who sits on six victories so far this season.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
4:30:59
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Pierre Latour
Team TotalEnergies
0:00
4 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
5 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
6 Alex Kirsch
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
7 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
8 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
9 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
10 Oier Lazkano López
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:00
18 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:11
53 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:43
54 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:45
67 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:54
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:20:44
2 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:46
3 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05
4 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
1:09
5 Pierre Latour
Team TotalEnergies
1:09
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:17
7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
1:27
8 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
1:43
9 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
1:49
10 Davide Formolo
UAE-Team Emirates
1:53
13 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:03
37 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:27
45 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:35
71 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:19
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
68 pt
2 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
51 pt
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
38 pt
4 Pierre Latour
Team TotalEnergies
27 pt
5 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R Citroën Team
25 pt
6 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
22 pt
7 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
8 Sacha Modolo
Alpecin-Fenix
20 pt
9 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
20 pt
10 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
13 pt
18 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
1 Kenny Molly
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
42 pt
2 Sebastian Schönberger
20 pt
3 Kenneth Van Rooy
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
8 pt
4 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
8 pt
5 Morten Hulgaard
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
8 pt
6 Otto Vergaerde
Alpecin-Fenix
7 pt
7 Ben King
Rally Cycling
6 pt
8 Adam de Vos
Rally Cycling
5 pt
9 Alex Kirsch
Trek - Segafredo
4 pt
10 Kamil Gradek
Vini Zabù
4 pt
14 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
18 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
20 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:20:44
2 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:46
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:17
4 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
1:57
5 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
2:11
6 Oier Lazkano López
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
2:24
7 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
3:36
8 Jan Maas
Leopard Pro Cycling
4:01
9 Kevin Colleoni
Team BikeExchange
8:43
10 Fernando Barceló Aragón
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
12:30
12 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:27
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 52:05:48
2 UAE-Team Emirates 0:30
3 Groupama - FDJ 1:08
4 Trek - Segafredo 7:20
5 AG2R Citroën Team 12:07
6 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 17:45
7 Team BikeExchange 20:09
8 Team Arkéa Samsic 24:59
9 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 27:30
10 DELKO 28:16

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