Luxembourgish riders to take part in the Škoda Tour LuXembourg
In this year’s Škoda Tour LuXembourg, all eyes will be on Kevin Geniets (Groupama-FDJ). The pro rider, who is known as a hard-working teammate, could shine with a strong result. One can also be curious about Arthur Kluckers, who will contest his second race as a trainee for the Team UAE-Emirates. From the professional camp, the brothers Tom and Luc Wirtgen (Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB) will be at the as well as Michel Ries (Arkéa-Samsic).
The Luxembourg champion will also be at the start: Colin Heiderscheid (Leopard Pro Cycling), who surprised the pros and all the spectators at the national championships in June, will certainly aim to represent the red-white-and-blue jersey properly. Cédric Pries will support him with the Luxemburgish continental squad.
Three Luxembourgish riders could be part of the Belgian continental team Geofco-Doltcini: Ivan Centrone, who has already made his mark in the past at the Skoda Tour LuXembourg and celebrated a stage win at the Tour Cycliste International de Guadeloupe in August, will probably be accompanied by Jacques Gloesener and Alexandre Kess.
Please note that this press release is based on a provisional start list, which is subject to changes at any time.
Fränk Schleck, the last luxembourgish winner
In 2009, Fränk was the last Luxemburgish rider to win the overall classification of the Škoda Tour LuXembourg. However, in the following years, the Luxembourgers have achieved remarkable results as well.
In 2010, Fränk Schleck finished on the second step of the podium and won a stage. Two years later, he finished 3rd overall, behind his danish teammate at the time, Jakob Fuglsang, as well as Wout Poels from the Netherlands.
In 2013, Bob Jungels stood out for the first time. The young Luxemburgish rider won the last stage between Mersch and Luxembourg-City and finished 5th overall. One year later, Jempy Drucker was in the centre of attention by finishing 2nd overall behind the Dane Matti Breschel. In five days, Drucker finished four times in the Top 11, but unfortunately he didn’t manage to win a stage.
In 2016, Jempy Drucker stood out again. After having won the prologue, he crashed on the second stage and couldn’t finish the race. Alex Kirsch, on the other hand, distinguished himself by narrowly missing the victory on the same day by finishing 3rd in the sprint. He ended up in the same position in the final classification, behind Maurits Lammertink and Philippe Gilbert.
One year later, the two Luxemburgish riders didn’t play any role in the overall classification, but they did perform well in the different stages. During the first three days, Jempy Drucker won a stage and finished on the podium two more times. It was only on the fourth day that he had to give up the yellow jersey to the ultimate winner Greg van Avermaet, who was also riding for Team BMC. On the last stage, Alex Kirsch missed the victory by finishing 2nd.In 2018, Alex Kirsch shone again by standing on the podium in the first two stages – but another compatriot stole the show: Pit Leyder, who rode for the continental team Leopard, created a surprise by finishing 3rd in the final classification. He also won the classification for the best young rider.