© Roland Miny
The Danish cyclist secured his first win in the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg while Kevin Geniets displayed the best performance of a Luxembourgish rider.
Saturday saw the final stage of this year's Tour de Luxembourg. Riders completed 178.4 kilometres while cycling from Mersch to Limpertsberg in the capital.
Four riders led an attack out of the peloton early on: Pierre Roland, Joel Nicolau, Sander Armée, and Felix Gall. At times, the group managed to get an advance of about three minutes.
25 kilometers before the finish line, the leader group entered the Pabeierbierg (Paper Mountain) for a first time, the rest of the pack trailing two minutes. Nevertheless, the advance was not enough to escape the growing tempo of the peloton, which caught up with the leaders about 1.2 kilometers before the finish line.
In the final ascent of the Paberierbierg, team Groupama-FDJ took over the lead, which allowed Luxembourgish rider Kevin Geniets to make it to the front of the race. However, it was his team colleague Valentin Madouas who took the stage victory in the end. Geniets finished fourth.
Mattias Skjelmose Jensen came out on top of the Tour's general leaderboard, thus defending both the yellow and white jersey until the very end. Geniets finished as best Luxembourgish rider on rank five with a delay of 31 seconds.
Best climber was Joel Nicolau, while Matteo Trentin won the sprint classification.
1 MADOUAS Valentin Groupama – FDJ 4:36:08
2 SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias Trek – Segafredo ,,
3 VAUQUELIN Kévin Team Arkéa Samsic ,,
4 GENIETS Kevin Groupama – FDJ ,
5 TRENTIN Matteo UAE Team Emirates 0:03
6 LAURANCE Axel B&B Hotels – KTM ,,
7 MERTZ Rémy Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB ,,
8 GODON Dorian AG2R Citroën Team ,,
9 TIZZA Marco Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB ,,
10 BAX Sjoerd Alpecin-Deceuninck ,,
37. CENTRONE Ivan Geofco-Doltcini Materiel Velo.com + 00:38
38. WIRTGEN Tom Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB + 00:40
40. RIES Michel Team Arkéa Samsic + 00:45
46. WIRTGEN Luc Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB + 01:15
76. KLUCKERS Arthur UAE Team Emirates + 04:49
88. HEIDERSCHEID Colin Leopard Pro Cycling + 09:51
89. KESS Alexandre Geofco-Doltcini Materiel Velo.com + 09:51
1. SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias Trek – Segafredo 17:43:29
2. VAUQUELIN Kévin Team Arkéa Samsic 00:05
3. MADOUAS Valentin Groupama – FDJ 00:17
4. BAX Sjoerd Alpecin-Deceuninck 00:23
5. GENIETS Kevin Groupama – FDJ 00:31
6. TRENTIN Matteo UAE Team Emirates 00:40
7. GREGAARD Jonas Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 00:53
8. THOMAS Benjamin Cofidis 00:55
9. GATE Aaron Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling 00:56
10. HERREGODTS Rune Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 00:57
26. RIES Michel Team Arkéa Samsic + 03:03
36. CENTRONE Ivan Geofco-Doltcini Materiel Velo.com + 03:46
51. WIRTGEN Luc Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB + 08:52
55. WIRTGEN Tom Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB + 10:55
77. KLUCKERS Arthur UAE Team Emirates + 26:16
84. HEIDERSCHEID Colin Leopard Pro Cycling + 26:28
98. KESS Alexandre Geofco-Doltcini Materiel Velo.com + 40:33