The 81st edition of the Škoda Tour Luxembourg was a spectacular one. From the 14th to the 18th of September, many of the worlds best riders battled it out on the five hilly stages through the Grand-Duchy.
Marc Hirschi and Joao Almeida put on a show, taking stage victories and fighting for the overall win until the end. Almeida finally won the yellow jersey. In front
The last stage of the 81st SkodaTour Luxembourg presented many challenges. On the hilly course of 183,7 km between Mersch and Luxembourg City, four categorized climbs had to be tackled.
The breakaway group was formed by Benjamin King (Rallye), Otto Vergaerde (Alpecin), Morten Hulgaard (Uno-X Pro) and Kenny Molly (Bingoal). They took a lead of more than six minutes, but in the end, they had no
During the fourth stage of the SkodaTour Luxembourg, the riders had to compete in a 25,4 km individual time-trial, which started and finished in the heart of Dudelange.
It was obvious that this time-trial would probably be decisive in the battle for the overall victory. The profile was far from flat, the 1,5 km climb of the Poteau de Kayl presented a real challenge.
Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck)
With 189,3 km, the third stage on Thursday between Mondorf-les-Bains and Mamer was the longest of the 81st edition of the SkodaTour Luxembourg.
Six riders broke away from the peloton: The Luxembourger Alex Kirsch (Trek) was accompanied by Ben O'Connor (Ag2r), Kenneth van Rooy (Sport Vlaanderen), Philipp Walsleben (Alpecin), Ceriel Desal (Bingoal) and Jasper de Buyst (Lotto-Soudal). Desal, however, was dropped with 55 km to go.