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Ulissi first leader of the Tour de Luxembourg

The Italian rider from the UAE team won the 1st stage of the event this Tuesday in Kirchberg after a 133.5 km loop around Luxembourg. He was ahead on the line Amaury Capiot (Sport Vlaanderen).

Eddy RENAULD

The Italian rider from the UAE team won the 1st stage of the event this Tuesday in Kirchberg after a 133.5 km loop around Luxembourg. He was ahead on the line Amaury Capiot (Sport Vlaanderen).

By signing his first victory of the season this Tuesday, Diego Ulissi (31) also made sure to wear the leader’s yellow jersey. The native of Cecina concluded in the most beautiful way an eventful and lively finale. As you might expect, the Milliounewee served as a launching pad for the strongest and Ulissi took the opportunity to clinch his 34th professional victory.

“I am happy with this victory. The sensations were good. My team worked very well in the last ten kilometers and I placed my acceleration at the height of the red flame, ”said the winner of the day, determined to keep his yellow jersey as long as possible.

Behind Ulissi, Belgian Amaury Capiot and Romanian Eduard-Michael Grosu (Nippo) complete the podium. Thanks to the bonus play, Ulissi was 7 ” ahead of the two closest pursuers while the main body was 13 ” behind.

The end of the stage was marked by numerous punctures. Besides the Belgian Loïc Vliegen and the Briton Mark Cavendish, Kevin Geniets was stopped dead 15 km from the finish. “I was the victim of a double puncture, front and rear, I came back to the peloton before the final but in the last bump, I couldn’t follow. It’s annoying, ”commented the Luxembourg champion.

Fifteen days after being the victim of a fractured kneecap following a fall on the roads of the Tour de France, Philippe Gilbert was already back in the peloton, the former world champion finished in an encouraging 36th square. “A nice surprise, I was happy to be there,” commented the adopted Monegasque.

This first day was marked by the breakaway of five men: the French Axel Zingle (Nippo), Franck Bonnamour (Arkea), Tony Gallopin (Ag2r), the Spaniard Sergio Roman Martin (Caja Rural) and the German Lukas Meiler (Vorarlberg).

They counted a lead of more than four minutes. Member of the day’s breakaway, Zingle won the best climber’s jersey. A great operation for this 21 year old Alsatian.

Another fact of the day: the absence of the formation of W52 FC Porto at the start. The organizers have no news from the Portuguese team officials. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Benoît Theisen, secretary general of the event.

This Wednesday, the sprinters will be entitled to the chapter with a 2nd stage disputed between Remich and Hesperange over the distance of 160.8 km.

The ranking of Luxembourgers: 26. I. Centrone (LUX), 42. T. Wirtgen (LUX) at 11 ”, 48. M. Ries (LUX) at 16 ”, 50. B. Gastauer (LUX), 52. L. Wirtgen ( LUX), 84. J. Petelin (LUX) 1’35 ”


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