Bram Schmitz's first win of 2005 on the final stage of the Tour de Luxembourg last Sunday was also his first for T-Mobile. Part of a lead group of four riders on the 155 kilometre stage from Wiltz to Diekirch, the 28 year-old outsprinted Jukka Vastaranta (Rabobank) and Fassa Bortolo's Lorenzo Bernucci and Dario Frigo to take the team's fifth victory for the season.
"It was planned that way, since we always had one of our riders in the leading group. That's the way you do it in pro cycling," said directeur sportif Brian Holm on t-mobile-team.com. "Bram rode very strongly; he pushed his luck in the finale and defended his small lead over the chasing field - that was great for our thinned-out team. Seeing how those few riders really gave it their best and were even successful at it was a lot of fun."
Schmitz's victory was T-Mobile's second stage win of the tour; their young sprinter Eric Baumann won the opening stage from Luxembourg to Mondorf and was holding a top 10 position going into the final day, but did not finish. "It doesn't matter. That's a small price to pay for two stage wins!" Holm said.