The 30-year-old Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) has Saturday’s queen stage of the Tour of Luxembourg, starting in Eschweiler and arrival after 163,8 km in Differdange, won. It was the Italian’s second consecutive victory in this race. Pasqualon showed the Frenchman Angelo Tulik, and the Dutchman Nick van der Lijke. Olivier Pardini was fifth and the best Belgian. Andrea Pasqualon managed a double win, and also takes the leader’s jersey from Alexander Krieger. He has 7 seconds ahead of the Slovenian Jan Tratnik and 23 on the German Alexander Krieger today until 21st was on 17 seconds of Pasqualon.
After the 45-km course succeeded Romain Combaud, Bryan Nauleau, Armano Antunes and Matteo Badilatti it to separate from the pack. They were never more than a minute and a half ahead of the large group and 56 kilometres from the finish line was, under the impulse of the men of Veranda’s Willems-Crelan, everything is back to dressing.
Stijn Devolder pulled together with Pawel Cieslik equally in the attack, but they were quickly back up the order called. Even for the cutting of the three local laps with each of the ascent of the Col de l’europe, each 9.5 km, faster, Jan Tratnik, Christophe Laporte, Hector Saez and Patrick Schelling. Jan Tratnik, the fourth in the general classification at 8 seconds of leader Alexander Krieger, grabbed three important bonificatieseconden. The Slovenian rid himself of his companions and went on the hunt for the next bonificatiesprint. Which he also took for his own account and snatched as again for 3 seconds.
Behind him posted by Andrea Pasqualon, third in the standings with 5 seconds down, 2 seconds, and leader Alexander Krieger 1 second premium. Tratnik showed itself and then catching up. The signal for Mathias Le Turnier and Roland Thalmann to try it. Just after the start of the final lap, they were also coming for the effort. At the last climb of the Col de l’europe accelerated Jonas Koch, Eduard Prades and re-Mathias Le Turnier. Le Turnier was there in the front, though, and what further took the large group of Koch and Prades. The peloton fractured after that, and so attracted a large group to the place in Differdange. In the subsequent sprint posted Andrea Pasqualon his second consecutive stage win.
Tomorrow/Sunday, the curtain falls on this 78th edition of the Tour of Luxembourg. The riders ride from Mersch to the capital of the Grand duchy. Good for a distance of 176 kilometres peppered with seven slopes, including four times the Pabeierbierg, which is also included in the three local laps in Luxembourg. Then we know the successor of Greg Van Avermaet.