CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"When I saw at one point that Andy was dropped then I attacked from the peloton. I did not know who was in the front. A Qhubeka guy was with me but he did not want to pull," Didier says

Photo: Sirotti

ANDY SCHLECK

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

LAURENT DIDIER

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOUR DE LUXEMBOURG

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

TREK - SEGAFREDO

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
08.06.2014 @ 21:26 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Andy Schleck wanted to use the final stage of the Tour de Luxembourg to build on his Tour de France conditions and the Luxembourger did well by making it into the race-winning breakaway. However, the finale proved that there is still a long way to go for the 2010 Tour winner as he was unable to follow André Greipel on the hilly circuit.

 

The five-day Luxembourg tour ended with another leg-breaking course that again left diminished numbers by the finish line. Fränk Schleck finished in 8th place to solidify his 9th overall after a nine-man breakaway was all but nullified with one exception: André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) jumped away from the fragmented breakaway to pull off a rare solo win, his second victory of the race.

 

It was Andy Schleck who instigated the day's breakaway in the 168-kilometer stage four with a solo attack, which swelled to nine riders. Danny van Poppel joined Schleck in the move that arrived to the tough finish circuits with a few minutes lead. The circuits proved to be their unraveling as the sharp climb each lap tore apart the group, and behind, wreaked similar destruction in the peloton. Laurent Didier attacked when the group up the road exploded, leaving first Van Poppel, then eventually Schleck, behind. It was a savvy, albeit short-lived, move. 

 

“Saxo pulled for most of the day but the gap still grew," Didier said. "At the climb before we entered the circuit Colombia also began to pull as their GC was threatened. When I saw at one point that Andy was dropped then I attacked from the peloton. I did not know who was in the front. A Qhubeka guy was with me but he did not want to pull.”

 

Although they were unable to muster another big result after Danny van Poppels prologue victory, Trek Factory Racing gained some hard miles in Luxembourg ahead of its main goal, the Tour de France. It was not a parcours that suited Fränk Schleck’s climbing abilities, and as a targeted rider in the tactical race he was hard-pressed to find the freedom to move.  The team plans were well executed, explained Laurent Didier, but in the end the team just did not have the legs on the undualting luxembourg terrain to carry it through to the end.

 

“The plan was to have someone in the break so we attacked from the start," Didier said. " We saw that Saxo and Rusvelo wanted the bonus seconds at 20 kilometers so they kept it together. After this was a long climb of 7kms – not that steep  – I tried here and was away with three others but Saxo closed our group back. Then Andy countered, and went away and formed a group of nine riders with Danny.

 

"Our best chance this week was the stage of Saturday where we had a good plan but the team was not quite strong enough to be there with Fränk at the end.”

 

Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) claimed the overall victory as Jean-Pierre Drucker (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) leaped back into second place and Michael Morkov (Tinkoff-Saxo) moved into third with the time bonus seconds they claimed in the intermediate sprints.

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

List of CyclingQuotes previews 15.05.2017 @ 07:54End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08Young Dimension Data team targets third consecutive win... 04.01.2017 @ 14:01Vakoc leads Quick-Step at Tour Down Under 04.01.2017 @ 13:58Puncheur course for 2017 Arctic Race of Norway 04.01.2017 @ 13:55Ewan makes it itwo in row at Criterium Championships 04.01.2017 @ 13:53Track world champion wins Australian U23 criterium title 04.01.2017 @ 13:50Orica-Scott target numerous Australian titles 04.01.2017 @ 13:472017 team analysis: Movistar Team 03.01.2017 @ 17:30Wilier-Selle Italia confirm signing of Italian talent 03.01.2017 @ 17:21Novo Nordisk under pressure to secure new sponsorship 03.01.2017 @ 17:15Report: Dumoulin to focus on the Giro 03.01.2017 @ 17:06U23 World Champion forced to turn down Quick-Step 03.01.2017 @ 17:03Ag2r veteran announces retirement 03.01.2017 @ 16:59Thurau finds new team in Kuwait 03.01.2017 @ 16:5520 teams for Challenge Mallorca 03.01.2017 @ 16:47Tony Martin unveils new rainbow jersey 03.01.2017 @ 16:39

05.05 - 28.05: Giro d'Italia
21.05 - 28.05: Tour of Japan
21.05 - 28.05: An Post Rás
24.05 - 28.05: Baloise Belgium Tour
24.05 - 28.05: Tour des Fjords
24.05 - 28.05: Flèche du Sud
25.05 - 28.05: Tour du Pays de Vaud
26.05 - 28.05: Canada Cup East Coast Open
27.05 - 28.05: Portugal Cup DHI #5
27.05 - 28.05: Tour du Jura Cycliste
Julien DUVAL
27 years | today
Ivar SLIK
24 years | today
Marco LI
35 years | today
Ho Wa YIU
28 years | today
Maryan HARY
37 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com 2013