Andy Schleck, president of the Škoda Tour Luxembourg, analyses the stages

STAGE 1  – Stade de Luxembourg / Luxembourg-Kirchberg 163,8 km

A challenging final

„The start will be near the Stade de Luxembourg. The new stadium definitely is an attraction. The real start will take place on the exit of Itzig. This stage is not easy. Niklosbierg, Côte de Bourscheid and Côte de Eschdorf are tough. And the last part is really demanding. The Stafelter coming out of Walferdingen should not be underestimated and there will be another uphill section leading from Dommeldingen to the finish line, which is situated in the same place as last year. If you want to win the Škoda Tour LuXembourg, you have to finish within the first group, which will probably include about 30 riders.“

STAGE 2 – Junglinster / Schifflange 163,4 km 

A stage for the sprinters

„In 2018, when the floods hit the Mullerthal and the east of the country, we were supposed to start in Rosport. Unfortunately, this was not possible on that day and Junglinster stepped in at short notice. Now we are returning in gratitude. Efforts are also being made to organise an arrival there in the near future. The second stage is the one that suits the sprinters best. But watch out: There are only a few flat kilometres in Luxembourg. Col de l’Europe and Kayler Poteau have to be tackled in the last third of the race. However, this should not be a problem for the ambitious sprinters.“

STAGE 3 – Rosport / Diekirch 188,4 km

The queen stage

„On paper, this stage is definitely the hardest. On what is supposed to be the queen stage, no less than 4,000 metres of altitude difference have to be tackled. You can compare it to a nasty Tour de France stage in the Massif Central. Michelsbierg, Huelewee, Um Knupp and Héndelbierg will make many riders suffer. But above all, the route from Rosport to the northernmost point of this year’s race and then back to Diekirch isn’t flat. With 20 kilometres to go, the riders will first pass the finish line near the local sports center.“

STAGE 4 – Remich / Schengen / Remich 26,1 km (ITT)

Through the vineyards

„We will actually make the riders pass through the vineyards. We couldn’t do that on a normal stage. But in an individual time trial, it’s possible. The route is not very long (26,1 km), but quite challenging. It goes uphill twice, firstly for about 1,5 kilometres up to the Scheierbierg. Then the route leads down to Wellenstein, and up again from Wintringen until it almost reaches Elvingen. Via Remerschen, we will reach the Moselle. Along the river, the riders will head towards the finish line in Remich at high speed. We will see some fantastic pictures in a beautiful region.

STAGE 5 – Mersch / Luxembourg 178,4 km

The perfect climb

„This final stage traditionally leads from Mersch back to the capital. I’m actually always surprised that there isn’t more action on this stage. The Pabeierbierg must be climbed three times, and the last time the summit is reached only one kilometre before the finish line. It is the perfect climb if you want to turn the general classification upside down. Our race is special compared to other stage races because all the stages are somehow difficult. Whoever is in front on the first day, has a good chance of playing a role on the final leg as well.”

Škoda Tour LuXembourg 2021 – Photo: Serge Waldbillig / Škoda Tour LuXembourg

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