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Luxembourg (5): Solid De Gendt on the final podium

Luxembourg (5): Solid De Gendt on the final podium

With Aimé De Gendt and Jan Bakelants in 2nd and 6th position in the provisional general classification and a punchy course on the menu of the fifth and last day of the Tour de Luxembourg (2.Pro, 15-19/09), the stage promised to be exciting. Xandro Meurisse joined a large early breakaway, and went solo halfway through te race. The peloton never lost the leaders out of sight, and was strongly reduced towards the end because of the high pace. Jan Bakelants and Aimé De Gendt stayed well in the front. The 34 year old Belgian rider was at the basis of the last selection on the third and final passage on the Pabeierberg. He finished 4th in a sprint with seven riders, just ahead of his teammate Aimé De Gendt (7th). Andreas Kron was the fastest in the streets of Luxembourg, with Diego Ulissi securing the general classification. The duo of Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans finished in the top 10, with De Gendt on the 3rd spot of the podium and Jan Bakelants on 6th place.

Aimé De Gendt:
« Like planned, Xandro joined the early breakaway, and the team surrounded Jan and me very well. The race scenario was perfect for us, but unfortunately I missed the 2nd place in the general classification because of a second game. In the first intermediate sprint, I just missed the bonification seconds, and in the last sprint, I was closed in. On the final climb I was 10 meter behind the first group, and I only closed this gap in the last corner. It was too late to do a good sprint, and I saw how Hoelgaard passed me in the general classification thanks to his 3rd place in the stage. » 

« This podium is a nice bonus in my preparation towards the classics. For the first time, I did an altitude training camp, and I felt immediately good at my return home. Especially uphill I had a good feeling during this Tour de Luxembourg. Hopefully I can continue like this! On to the national championships. »

Stage 5:
1.Andreas Kron
2.Diego Ulissi
3.Markus Hoelgaard
4.Jan Bakelants
7.Aimé De Gendt
55.Xandro Meurisse +3:56
79.Thomas Degand +8:20
82.Pieter Vanspeybrouck
DNF Loïc Vliegen 

General classification:
1.Diego Ulissi
2.Markus Hoelgaard +0:25
3.Aimé De Gendt +0:27
6.Jan Bakelants +0:44
40.Xandro Meurisse +6:12
56.Thomas Degand +12:25
57.Pieter Vanspeybrouck +12:38