Greipel wins first road stage at Tour of Luxembourg

Van Poppel retains overall lead

André Greipel won the first stage in the Tour of Luxembourg. The Lotto-Belisol sprinter was no match for Danish champion Michael Mørkøv (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Team) who came in second and third respectively. The young Dutchman Van Poppel keeps the yellow jersey.

"This was the only chance we would get for a bunch sprint this week and we took this opportunity. We are very happy with the stage victory," Greipel commented.

The 172,6 kilometre stage from the capital city of Luxembourg to Hesperange was undulating from start to finish. Three rated climbs and three points sprints awaited the peloton of 103 riders.

After some unsuccessful attempts in the first kilometres of the stage a break of two riders went clear. Colombia's Juan Pablo Valencia and Giuseppe Fonzi of Neri-Sottoli. Boris Dron (Wallonie-Bruxelles) bridged to the leaders and together they gathered a lead of 5,30 minutes maximum.

The points for the KoM were equally divided among the three with Valencia eventually taking the KoM-jersey based on his position in the overall after the prologue.

Lotto-Belisol left the early work in the stage to Trek Factory Team of overall leader Van Poppel but took responsibility in the final to bring down the gap to the leaders. Valencia, Dron and Fonzi were reeled in with less than ten kilometres to go.

After a textbook lead-out by Greg Henderson, Greipel finished off the work with a convincing victory. It's the German's ninth victory of the season and his third in the last two weeks.

Danny van Poppel sprinted to third place and took four bonus seconds. The 20-year old rider from Trek Factory keeps the yellow jersey ahead of the second stage but stressed that he would have no problem in handing over the jersey to team captain Frank Schleck. On Friday the peloton faces a 157,4 kilometre stretch from Rosport to Schifflange with a 13% ramp to the finish line.

"We have other riders in the team who are good at these kind of tougher finals. I think it will be a bit too hard for me tomorrow," Greipel concluded.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol4:34:03 
2Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
3Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
4Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
5Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol  
6Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting  
7Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
8Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
10Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch  
11Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo  
12César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch  
13Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
14Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
15Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
16Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
17Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
18Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
19Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
20Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch  
21Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
22Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting  
23Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
24Diego Milan (Dom) Team Differdange - Losch  
25Rafael Andriato (Bra) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
26Dennis Coenen (Bel) Leopard Development Team  
27Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
28Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
29Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
30Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
31Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
32Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
33Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
34Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
35Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia  
36Ivan Balykin (Rus) RusVelo  
37Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
38Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
39Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
40Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
41Fabio Taborre (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
42Egoitz García (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
43Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
44Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
45Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
46Francesco Failli (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
47Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
48Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Losch  
49Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
50Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo  
51Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
52Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
53Sergey Lagutin (Rus) RusVelo  
54Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
55Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
57Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Team Stölting  
58Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol  
59Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka  
60Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
61Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo  
62Yuriy Vasyliv (Ger) Team Stölting  
63Edward Fabián Díaz (Col) Colombia  
64Darwin Ferney Pantoja (Col) Colombia  
65Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
66Samuele Conti (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
67Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
68Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
69Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
70Thomas Koep (Ger) Team Stölting  
71Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
72Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVelo  
73Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo  
74Fábio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing  
75Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting  
76Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo  
77Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Stölting  
78Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo  
79Mirco Saggiorato (Swi) Team Stölting  
80Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
81Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch  
82Patrick Olesen (Den) Leopard Development Team  
83Corrado Lampa (Ita) Team Differdange - Losch  
84Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia  
85Jonathan Paredes (Col) Colombia  
86Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
87Matthias Plarre (Ger) Leopard Development Team  
88Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
89Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
90Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia  
91Ruben Menendez (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch  
92Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing  
93Roberto De Patre (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
94Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
95Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
96Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
97Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
98Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
99Luigi Miletta (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
100Michal Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:54 
101Boris Vallée (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:14 
102Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNFTomas Aurelio Gil Martinez (Ven) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
Mountain 1 (Cat 2) km 25,8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles3 pts
2Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia2 
3Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo1 
Mountain 2 (Cat 1) km.51,2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia5 pts
2Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo3 
3Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles2 
4Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1 
Mountain 3 (Cat 1) km 84,5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo5 pts
2Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles3 
3Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia2 
4Fábio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing1 
Sprint 1 - km 105,8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo3 pts
2Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles2 
3Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia1 
Sprint 2 - km. 136,2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia3 pts
2Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles2 
3Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo1 
Sprint 3 - km. 154,4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia3 pts
2Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo2 
3Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol20 pts
2Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo16 
3Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing13 
4Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert11 
5Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol9 
6Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting7 
7Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing5 
8Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3 
9Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team2 
10Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wanty - Groupe Gobert13:42:09 
2Trek Factory Racing  
3Team Differdange - Losch  
4Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
5MTN - Qhubeka  
6Lotto Belisol  
7Leopard Development Team  
8Wallonie - Bruxelles  
9Team Stölting  
12Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing4:37:57 
2Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:08 
3Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:09 
4Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:11 
5Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:12 
6Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:16 
7Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Team Stölting0:00:17 
8Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
9Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:18 
10Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:19 
11Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:20 
12André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol  
13Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:23 
14Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo0:00:24 
15Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
16Fábio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing  
17Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol  
18Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:25 
19Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting  
20Dennis Coenen (Bel) Leopard Development Team0:00:26 
21Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting  
22Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
23Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
24Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia0:00:27 
25Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka  
26Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
27Rafael Andriato (Bra) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
28Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol  
29Francesco Failli (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo0:00:29 
30Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
31Yuriy Vasyliv (Ger) Team Stölting  
32Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
33Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:00:30 
34Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
35Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
36Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:31 
37Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting  
38Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch  
39Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
40Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
41Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
42Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:32 
43Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo  
44Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo  
45Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
46Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:33 
47Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
48Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:00:34 
49Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
50Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
51Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo  
52Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:35 
53Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
54Sergey Lagutin (Rus) RusVelo0:00:36 
55Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
56Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
57Egoitz García (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
58Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Stölting  
59Edward Fabián Díaz (Col) Colombia  
60Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia  
61Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:37 
62Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
63Fabio Taborre (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
64Mirco Saggiorato (Swi) Team Stölting  
65Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:38 
66Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
67Patrick Olesen (Den) Leopard Development Team  
68Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
69Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
70Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
71Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:39 
72César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch  
73Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:40 
74Ivan Balykin (Rus) RusVelo  
75Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia  
76Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo0:00:41 
77Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
78Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
79Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
80Luigi Miletta (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
81Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
82Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia0:00:43 
83Samuele Conti (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
84Darwin Ferney Pantoja (Col) Colombia0:00:44 
85Ruben Menendez (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch  
86Diego Milan (Dom) Team Differdange - Losch  
87Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:45 
88Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
89Matthias Plarre (Ger) Leopard Development Team0:00:46 
90Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:48 
91Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:49 
92Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:50 
93Jonathan Paredes (Col) Colombia0:00:52 
94Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:53 
95Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
96Thomas Koep (Ger) Team Stölting0:00:55 
97Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Losch  
98Roberto De Patre (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo0:00:58 
99Corrado Lampa (Ita) Team Differdange - Losch  
100Michal Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:41 
101Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:35 
102Boris Vallée (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:49 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol20 pts
2Michael Mørkøv (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo16 
3Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing13 
4Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert11 
5Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol9 
6Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting7 
7Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing5 
8Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3 
9Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team2 
10Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia9 pts
2Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo9 
3Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles8 
4Fábio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing1 
5Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing4:37:57 
2Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:09 
3Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:16 
4Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Team Stölting0:00:17 
5Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:23 
6Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo0:00:24 
7Fábio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing  
8Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting0:00:25 
9Dennis Coenen (Bel) Leopard Development Team0:00:26 
10Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting  
11Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
12Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
13Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol0:00:27 
14Yuriy Vasyliv (Ger) Team Stölting0:00:29 
15Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting0:00:31 
16Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo0:00:32 
17Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
18Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:00:34 
19Edward Fabián Díaz (Col) Colombia0:00:36 
20Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:37 
21Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:38 
22Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
23Patrick Olesen (Den) Leopard Development Team  
24Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
25Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:40 
26Ivan Balykin (Rus) RusVelo  
27Guiseppe Fonzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo0:00:41 
28Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia0:00:43 
29Samuele Conti (Ita) Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo  
30Darwin Ferney Pantoja (Col) Colombia0:00:44 
31Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:45 
32Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
33Matthias Plarre (Ger) Leopard Development Team0:00:46 
34Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:50 
35Jonathan Paredes (Col) Colombia0:00:52 
36Thomas Koep (Ger) Team Stölting0:00:55 
37Corrado Lampa (Ita) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:58 
38Michal Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:41 
39Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:35 
40Boris Vallée (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:49 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cofidis, Solutions Credits13:54:42 
2Trek Factory Racing0:00:01 
3Leopard Development Team0:00:10 
4Lotto Belisol0:00:11 
6Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:15 
7Team Stölting0:00:17 
9Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:33 
10MTN - Qhubeka0:00:37 
11Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo0:00:42 
13Team Differdange - Losch0:00:56 

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