Gilbert Takes Victory on Uphill Finish in Luxembourg3. June 2016, Schifflange (LUX) — Road Team
Phillipe Gilbert won BMC Racing Team’s second stage of the ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg as he took victory after a hectic uphill finish into Schifflange.
The day’s breakaway were kept in control by the peloton, with the gap never reaching above four minutes. They started to come under pressure from the peloton with 40 kilometers to go and after a a strong turn at the front from BMC Racing Team they were caught inside the final 20 kilometers.
With the peloton regrouped, the riders headed for their final test of the day with Gilbert coming out on top after the short, sharp 400m climb.
Jempy Drucker was involved in a unfortunately timed crash heading onto the start of the final climb which him slip out of contention on the General Classification, which is now being led by Maurits Lammertink (Roompot - Oranje Peloton).
Earlier in the day, Tom Bohli was forced to withdraw from the ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg due to illness.
Winner’s Interview with Philippe Gilbert
Congratulations, Phil. How do you feel after your stage win?
“I am really happy to win especially after a long break and all the problems that I’ve had. It’s an important win for me.”
It was a hectic final climb today, were you aware of what was going on behind you?
“I heard on the radio that Jempy had crashed but at this point at the race, there is nothing that you can do to help. We really rode well today as a team so it is disappointing for him.”
Going into tomorrow’s stage, are you feeling confident after today?
“In the professional cycling world, there are no little races so it is always important to win. I am now sitting second on GC, nine seconds behind, so if Lammertink is smart he can definitely win the race but we will see.”
Sport director, Jackson Stewart said: “It was a bittersweet day for us today. The guys did a great job at controlling the race all day and then in the final we were able to get Jempy [Drucker] and Phillippe [Gilbert] into a good position going into the bottom of the climb. Unfortunately in the shuffling for positions, Jempy was knocked down and broke his bike and that meant that he lost a lot of time and the GC. Ahead of him Phil [Gilbert] was riding really strong and he definitely saved the day for us by taking the stage victory.”
Jempy Drucker said: “The guys did a super good job all day and I was really thankful for that. Heading onto the final climb, I was super motivated was holding onto Phil’s wheel but then I got knocked and crashed into the barriers. It obviously disappointing to have lost the leader’s jersey but it was a great experience to wear yellow, especially in Luxembourg, and I am really happy that Phil could go on and take the win today.”
Tom Bohli Medical Update
BMC Racing Team Dr Dario Spinelli said: “Tom has developed a viral upper respiratory infection and it was not in his best interest to continue racing in Luxembourg. He will need to have a few days rest but after that he should be able to get back on the bike and continue with his current race schedule.”
ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg (UCI 2.HC)
Stage 2: Rosport - Schifflange, 162.8km
Top 3: 1. Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) 2. Maurits Lammertink (Roompot - Oranje Peloton) 3. Alex Kirsch (Stölting Service Group)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
1. Philippe Gilbert
43. Floris Gerts
57. Peter Velits
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