Gilbert Victorious on Final Stage in Luxembourg5. June 2016, Luxembourg (LUX) — Road Team
It was victory number two for Philippe Gilbert in Luxembourg as he won the bunch sprint for the line on the fourth and final stage of the ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg.
After only 20 kilometes of racing, five riders were able to distance themselves from the peloton. They were able to extend their advantage to eight minutes before the peloton started to turn up the tempo and put pressure on the race leaders.
Eventually, with the main bunch all together for the final finishing lap, the stage came down to a sprint for the line with Gilbert proving he was the strongest on the day. There was also a podium finish for BMC Racing Team’s Dylan Teuns as he put in a strong ride to cross the line third.
Today’s victory sealed Gilbert’s position at the top of the Points Classification and saw him move into second place on the General Classification, , behind Maurits Lammertink (Roompot - Oranje Peloton).
Winner’s Interview with Philippe Gilbert
Congratulations, Philippe! How do you feel after today’s win?
“I feel great! It’s been a successful day for me; winning today’s stage, moving into second on the GC and winning the points classification!”
“I was really only thinking about the stage today and not the classification. I stayed really focussed throughout the whole stage and then when we hit the final 5.5km final lap, I never moved out of the first top ten positions. It was a very tricky lap and I started the last climb strong but I knew that I needed to wait for the final hundred meters to make my effort because it was really steep at the end.”
Going into today’s stage, did you have a stage victory in mind?
“I was definitely hoping that I would win today’s stage. All the guys who had raced here before said that this was a finish for me, so that gave me added motivation to do well going into the stage.”
And then looking ahead to your next race?
"I have two days rest and then I am heading to Tour de Suisse. After this race I definitely think that I am in good form so we will see what I can do there."
Sport director, Jackson Stewart said: “It’s always great to see the riders win stages and we knew it would be a good stage for Phil today. Not only was he able to win but he also took maximum time bonuses and moved back up into second place on the GC. One of the other highlights from today was that Dylan [Teuns] finished third and it’s really good to see some of our younger riders getting results.”
“I think over the past 5 days we have had some of the worst things that can happen in a race, with a crash taking out the leader’s jersey and sickness with [Tom] Bohli, but we’ve also had some of the best things, like winning three out of the five stages and finishing with a good place on the GC.”
ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg (UCI 2.HC)
Stage 4: Mersch - Luxembourg, 178.2km
Top 3: 1. Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) 2. Maurits Lammertink (Roompot - Oranje Peloton) 3. Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: Philippe Gilbert 3. Dylan Teuns 16. Floris Gerts
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