The 30-year-old Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) has Friday the second and shortened stage of the Tour of Luxembourg, starting in Junglinster, and the arrival, after 89 kilometres in Schifflange, won. The Italian was in a sprint uphill faster than the German Alexander Krieger. This latter takes the yellow jersey over from Damien Gaudin who has a half a minute lost. Third was the Luxemburger Alex Kirsch. Piet Allegaert finished sixth and first Belgian. In the general classification counts Alexander Krieger now three seconds ahead of thuisrijder Alex Kirsch. For Andrea Pasqualon was his second victory of the season after he had already the strongest was in the French one day race GP Plumelec-Morbihan.
Normally it was the start of this ride in the park of Rosport, and was the route to Schifflange 170,1 km long. A thunderstorm and heavy rainfall in the night of Thursday on Friday forced the organisers however, in order for the start to move to Junglinster. A municipality that normally followed after 81 km course. The riders were now only 89,1 kilometers to work.
From the start, drew Dries De Bondt resolutely in the attack. He got pretty fast in the company of Jelle Donders, the Italian Davide Orrico and the German Fabian Schormair. The foursome was allowed a maximum of 1:45 for the large group out. With still 18 miles ahead, during the ascent of the Poteau to the Kayl the penultimate climb of the day, had to Jelle Donders his companions. The peloton followed at 1:20. The lead continued to dwindle and with just five kilometres from the finish remained just Dries De Bondt and Davide Orrico front. This duo, there was two kilometres of the final stage, also for the effort.
In the sprint uphill could Andrea Pasqualon in the last corner, neatly Alex Kirsch work, and so pick up for Alexander Krieger and the Luxemburger.
Saturday the riders from Eschweiler to Differdange for a tour of 163.8 km and in the three local laps of each 9.5 km each time the climb of the Col de l’europe. The 78th edition of the Tour of Luxembourg on Sunday ended with the stage, Mersch-Luxembourg.
Thanks to exploration
With Andreas Pasqualon pulled Hilaire Van Der Schueren Wednesday afternoon on the road to the finals of the second stage in line of the Tour of Luxembourg to explore. With result. The Italian won the stage.
“An exploration pays off according to me”, gave Hilaire Van Der Schueren after. “But we kept this exploration, together with Frederik Veuchelen, precisely because we believed in the ability of Andrea Pasqualon. I was pretty quickly convinced that it was a good move could do. Well, I’ve apparently my gram passed.”
The Italian moves in the general classification to third place at 5 seconds of the leader Krieger. “He does with this victory, a very good thing,” says Van der Schueren. “And furthermore, it is not up to us to the weight of the race on our shoulders. Leave that to the men of Krieger. And also that of WB-Aqua Protect with Alex Kirsch on a second place. We are in a position where we like to sit. Strike we will do when necessary.”