Tour of Luxembourg Queen Stage: Vliegen in Breakaway4. June 2016, Differdange (LUX) — Road Team
Stage 3 of the ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg, the queen stage of the race, saw Loïc Vliegen make a five-rider breakaway after 50 kilometers of racing.
While the re-routed 177.4km stage was plagued with heavy rain, even thunder and lightening at times, the peloton never let the advantage of the breakaway reach beyond four minutes.
The breakaway were caught as the race reached the first ascent of the Col de l’Europe and attacks soon followed with a group of four riders distancing themselves from the peloton with Anthony Turgid (Team Cofidis) eventually winning the stage from within the late breakaway.
Philippe Gilbert was the first BMC Racing Team rider across the line, finishing at the front of the main group, 13 second behind the four leaders. Gilbert now sits third on the General Classification going into tomorrow's final stage.
Following his crash at the end of yesterday’s stage, Jempy Drucker was forced to withdraw from the ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg.
Quotes of the day
Sport director, Jackson Stewart said: "It was definitely a crazy first hour of racing for sure with part of the race being re-routed to take a different route up one of the climbs. When the break went, it had some of the big teams in it, so Loïc [Vliegen] made the move across to join them and the day really played out from there.”
“The final circuit was pretty technical and the entrance towards it was technical as well so the bad weather conditions definitely made it difficult for everyone to fight for positions which definitely played a part in the break being able to get away and stay away on the final circuit. Phil a bit of time today with Lammertink winning the first sprint. It wasn’t ideal but he is still in a good position, sitting third on the GC.”
Loïc Vliegen said: “It was a hard day for me as ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg is my first race in five weeks. There were lots of attacks of the front of the bunch at the start and it wasn’t until we had covered 50 kilometers that the breakaway stuck so it was hard to make the move across. When we were out in front, the weather, especially the wind, made it really difficult but I am happy with how I did today. It was a good training exercise for me and I also think that we put pressure on the Dutch team, Roompot - Oranje Peloton. I am happy with my condition right now, there is still a little bit of work to do, but I am definitely on my way to being at my best for my next race.”
Jempy Drucker Medical Update
BMC Racing Team Dr Dario Spinelli said: “Following the crash at the end of Stage 2, Jempy [Drucker] was experiencing some dizziness and it was not in his best interest to continue racing. Further medical evaluation revealed that he has a cervical sprain. He will need to have a few days rest but after that he will be able to get back on the bike and continue with his race schedule.”
ŠkodaTour de Luxembourg (UCI 2.HC)
Stage 3: Eschweiler - Differdange, 177.4km
Top 3: 1. Anthony Turgid (Team Cofidis) 2. Christopher Juul-Jensen (Orica-GreenEdge) 3. Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
7. Philippe Gilbert
21. Dylan Teuns
36. Peter Velits
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