Emotional victory for Campenaerts, Hirschi in the yellow jersey
Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Dstny) won the time trial on the fourth stage of the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg. After 23.9km, he was 1 second faster than Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) and 20 seconds faster than Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates).
Despite narrowly missing out on victory, it was a good day for UAE Team Emirates, as Marc Hirschi, seventh on the stage, took the overall leader’s yellow jersey. Hirschi had already worn the yellow jersey at the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg two years ago, but lost it in the time trial to João Almeida and eventually finished second overall.
Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Dstny): “I haven’t concentrated on the time trial for a while. In fact, I wanted to get a good result in the overall classification, but that wasn’t possible anymore after the third stage. The run-up to the Škoda Tour de Luxembourg was difficult for me and my family, as my uncle suddenly died shortly before the start. It was also very hard for my father, who told me that there was nothing better now than winning a stage in Luxembourg. So I’m happy to have won for my uncle.”
Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates): “In this kind of race, anything is possible. I just wanted to go all out. But I was a bit surprised at the finish to have managed to take the yellow jersey. My team-mate Brandon McNulty is only two seconds behind me and we’re hoping that one of us will win the overall classification tomorrow. I even think that the last stage suits us very well.”