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June 4- 8

June 07, Stage 3: Eschweiler - Differdange 205.8km

Breschel wins stage 3 of Tour de Luxembourg

By:
José Been
Published:
June 07, 2014, 18:43 BST,
Updated:
June 07, 2014, 21:13 BST

Tinkoff-Saxo rider leads general classification

Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo).

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Matti Breschel took his second stage win in the Tour of Luxembourg on Saturday. The Danish Tinkoff-Saxo rider also took the yellow jersey with one stage to go. Rudy Molard (Cofidis) finished second ahead of Rusvelo's Sergey Lagutin.

With two riders in the top five of the overall, Tinkoff-Saxo had several cards to play in the longest stage of the Tour de Luxembourg.

"It's always hard to say in cycling of course. In an open race like the Tour of Luxembourg it's hard to make a plan," Breschel said to Cyclingnews after his victorious ride.

The third and longest stage led the peloton from Eschweiler to Differdange over 205,8 kilometres. With eight rated climbs, many more unrated climbs on the way and temperatures well over 30 degrees, it promised to be a very hard day for the 101 riders left in the bunch.

Straight from the gun, a group of four riders went clear, and the peloton let them have four minutes very soon. Tom Dernies (Wallonie-Bruxelles), Pit Schlechter (Leopard-Trek), Ruben Menendez (Differdange) and Ivan Balykin (Rusvelo) worked well together while Wanty-Groupe Gobert, the team of race leader Jempy Drucker, kept them under a manageable lead.

Trek Factory Racing were the first team to start riding into the final. The lead of the now five riders, MTN-Qhubeka's Jay Thomson bridged a 2,5-minute gap on his own, dropped to half a minute only. In the first of the three local laps, the break was caught and Fränk Schleck attacked the field on the Col de l'Europe, a 1500-metre climb of 8% average grade.

He was brought back, but the eldest of the Schleck brothers tried again. Other attackers included Linus Gerdemann (MTN-Qhubeka), Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol) and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) but the Wanty-Groupe Gobert riders had strength in numbers upon crossing the finish line for the penultimate time.

The race exploded in the last 9.4-kilometre lap. After the Col de l'Europe, a group of five riders went clear. Sergey Lagutin for Rusvelo, Rudy Molard for Cofidis and three Tinkoff-Saxo riders: Ivan Rovny, Oliver Zaugg and Matti Breschel.

"It was not the plan we would be up front with three riders. It's hard to make a plan before a stage like this. We had a couple of plans. We played on different cards," Breschel commented. "Ivan attacked and then I attacked."

Breschel sprinted to his second stage win in two days ahead of Molard and Lagutin and also took the yellow jersey of Drucker's shoulders. "I have that jersey. But only for now," Breschel said.

The last stage in the Tour of Luxembourg brings the peloton from Mersch to Luxembourg-City over 168,2 kilometres. The Rollingergrund climb in the five local laps will define the overall winner of this year's race.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 5:27:10  
2 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
3 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) RusVelo    
4 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo    
5 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo    
6 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:18  
7 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
8 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
9 Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Team Differdange - Losch    
10 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia    
11 Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting    
12 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
13 Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
14 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
15 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
16 Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard Development Team    
17 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka    
18 Corrado Lampa (Ita) Team Differdange - Losch    
19 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
20 Kiryll Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVelo    
21 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia    
22 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
23 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo    
24 Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Team Stölting    
25 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
26 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
27 Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol    
28 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia    
29 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka    
30 Luigi Miletta (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
31 Thomas Koep (Ger) Team Stölting    
32 Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo    
33 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo    
34 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 0:01:00  
35 César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch 0:01:03  
36 Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch    
37 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
38 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
39 Mirco Saggiorato (Swi) Team Stölting    
40 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:08  
41 Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard Development Team 0:01:52  
42 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:33  
43 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo    
44 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
45 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
46 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
47 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia 0:03:17  
48 Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia    
49 Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:04:16  
50 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
51 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
52 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:09  
53 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
54 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:08:29  
55 Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
56 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia 0:08:49  
57 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol    
58 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
59 Matthias Plarre (Ger) Leopard Development Team    
60 Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia    
61 Dennis Coenen (Bel) Leopard Development Team    
62 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing    
63 Jonathan Paredes (Col) Colombia    
64 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
65 Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo    
66 Francesco Failli (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
67 Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVelo    
68 Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch    
69 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing 0:11:23  
70 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing    
71 Samuele Conti (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
72 Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
73 Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
74 Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo    
75 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
76 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
77 Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing    
78 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo    
79 Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo    
80 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Yellow Fluo    
81 Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard Development Team 0:14:11  
82 Patrick Olesen (Den) Leopard Development Team    
83 Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Development Team    
84 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 0:14:26  
85 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka    
86 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing    
87 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting    
88 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Yellow Fluo    
89 Joaquin Sobrino Martinez (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch    
90 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting    
91 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
92 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
93 Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team    
94 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
95 Ruben Menendez Velasco (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch    
96 Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
97 Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Losch    
98 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:14:27  
99 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Stölting    
100 Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Yellow Fluo 0:14:40  
DNF Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
General classification after stage 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:54:02  
2 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:15  
3 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
4 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:17  
5 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) RusVelo 0:00:20  
6 Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Team Stölting 0:00:29  
7 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:37  
8 Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:00:42  
9 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:50  
10 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:55  
11 Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting    
12 Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard Development Team 0:00:58  
13 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:59  
14 Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Team Differdange - Losch 0:01:00  
15 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia    
16 Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo 0:01:02  
17 Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol 0:01:04  
18 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia 0:01:05  
19 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Yellow Fluo 0:01:06  
20 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka 0:01:10  
21 Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo 0:01:17  
22 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:01:25  
23 Thomas Koep (Ger) Team Stölting 0:01:30  
24 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:32  
25 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:34  
26 Kiryll Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVelo 0:01:36  
27 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:37  
28 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:38  
29 Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch 0:01:42  
30 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia 0:01:43  
31 César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch 0:01:48  
32 Corrado Lampa (Ita) Team Differdange - Losch 0:01:58  
33 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo 0:02:06  
34 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka 0:02:12  
35 Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:02:16  
36 Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard Development Team 0:02:37  
37 Mirco Saggiorato (Swi) Team Stölting 0:02:40  
38 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:03:00  
39 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:03:04  
40 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol    
41 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:07  
42 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:03:13  
43 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:03:35  
44 Luigi Miletta (Ita) Yellow Fluo 0:03:41  
45 Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia 0:04:35  
46 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:04:48  
47 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia 0:04:55  
48 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:05:17  
49 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo 0:05:40  
50 Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:05:46  
51 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:06:54  
52 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:23  
53 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:48  
54 Dennis Coenen (Bel) Leopard Development Team 0:09:17  
55 Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch 0:09:45  
56 Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVelo 0:10:06  
57 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:10:08  
58 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:10:10  
59 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:10:20  
60 Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:10:21  
61 Jonathan Paredes (Col) Colombia 0:10:23  
62 Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia 0:10:26  
63 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:10:40  
64 Francesco Failli (Ita) Yellow Fluo 0:10:58  
65 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:10:59  
66 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia 0:11:26  
67 Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:11:30  
68 Matthias Plarre (Ger) Leopard Development Team 0:11:43  
69 Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo 0:11:49  
70 Rafael Andriato (Bra) Yellow Fluo 0:12:07  
71 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:13:22  
72 Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:13:43  
73 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:14:12  
74 Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:14:34  
75 Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:14:42  
76 Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:15:27  
77 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 0:15:36  
78 Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Development Team 0:15:39  
79 Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard Development Team 0:16:00  
80 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:16:15  
81 Ruben Menendez Velasco (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch 0:16:26  
82 Patrick Olesen (Den) Leopard Development Team 0:16:29  
83 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Yellow Fluo 0:16:44  
84 Joaquin Sobrino Martinez (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch    
85 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:16:49  
86 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:16:52  
87 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting 0:17:09  
88 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
89 Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team 0:17:14  
90 Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka 0:17:19  
91 Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles 0:17:21  
92 Markus Eichler (Ger) Team Stölting    
93 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:17:31  
94 Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Losch 0:17:41  
95 Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Yellow Fluo 0:17:44  
96 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:21:54  
97 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting 0:23:45  
98 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing 0:23:52  
99 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 0:24:02  
100 Samuele Conti (Ita) Yellow Fluo 0:24:11  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo    
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles    
Best young rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:54:17