Petit wins prologue in Luxembourg

Cofidis rider takes the early lead ahead of Coquard and Gerard

Three Frenchmen stood on the podium at the end of the Tour de Luxembourg's evening prologue on Wednesday. Adrien Petit (Cofidis) took the win along with the early leader's jersey of the five-day race. He covered the 2.67km course in the winning time of 3:58 minutes beating Europcar's Bryan Coquard by three seconds and Bretagne-Séché Environnement's Arnaud Gerard by an additional second.

Petit put on the leader's jersey at the end of the day and will wear it during stage 1's 212.6km race from Luxembourg to Küntzig on Thursday.

The Tour de Luxembourg prologue may have been short but it was held over cobbles and included a very steep hill, making it a challenging opener. Many riders were clocking in with times just at the four-and-a-half-minute mark but faster times started coming in after Lotto Soudal's Marcel Sieberg posted a 4:06.

Riders continued to race in with faster times that were getting closer to the four-minute mark, however, Petit was the only rider to break four minutes with a 3:58.

MTN-Qhubeka briefly thought that their rider Matthew Brammeier had won because organisers had incorrectly announced that he finished with a time of 3:52. In fact, the Irishman finished in last place with a time of 5:02 after an untimely mechanical forced him to walk the final kilometre of the course.

MTN-Qhubeka later released a team statement, explaining what happened, "There was a brief moment of excitement in the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung camp as Matt Brammeier was initially said to have crossed the line with a blistering fast 3:52. This was clearly incorrect as Matt actually had to walk the final kilometer after succumbing to a mechanical incident."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:03:58 
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:03 
3Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:04 
4Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar  
5Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00:06 
6Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:07 
7Alex Kirsch (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
8Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
9Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto - Soudal0:00:08 
10Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
11André Greipel (Ger) Lotto - Soudal0:00:09 
12Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
13Kristian Haugaard Jensen (Den) Leopard Development Team  
14Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
15Kenny de Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:10 
16Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
17Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
18Oliver Naesen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
19Huub Duyn (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton  
20Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
21Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:11 
22Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert0:00:12 
23Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
24Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
25Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
26Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00:13 
27Jan Dieteren (Ger) Leopard Development Team  
28Alexander Krieger (Ger) Leopard Development Team  
29Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
30Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:14 
31Russel Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
32Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:15 
33Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
34Tom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange - Losch  
35Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
36Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia  
37Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:16 
38Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert  
39Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:17 
40Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
41Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
42Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
43Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin  
44Christian Mager (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:18 
45Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
46Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
47Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
48Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
49Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
50Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
51Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:19 
52Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
53Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:20 
54Thomas Wertz (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
55Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
56Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert  
57Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
58Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
59Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:21 
60Boris Vallée (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
61Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar  
62Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
63Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
64Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
65Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch  
66Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
67Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton0:00:22 
68Patrick Olesen (Den) Leopard Development Team  
69Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert  
70Marc De Maar (Aho) Roompot Oranje Peloton  
71Migu Rubiano Chaves (Col) Colombia0:00:23 
72Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
73Alex Norberto Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia  
74Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:24 
75Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
76Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
77Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
78Luc Turchi (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
79Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert  
80Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
81Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton0:00:25 
82Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch  
83Brayan Stiven Ramirez Chacon (Col) Colombia  
84Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:26 
85Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
86Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:27 
87Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
88Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
89Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
90Carlos Julian Quintero Norena (Col) Colombia  
91Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert0:00:29 
92Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton  
93Pontus Kastemyr (Swe) Team Differdange - Losch  
94Edwin Alciviades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia  
95Mike Terpstra (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton0:00:30 
96Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
97Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
98Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
99Thomas Deruette (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:32 
100Ivar Slik (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton  
101Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
102Cedric Raymackers (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:33 
103Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
104Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:34 
105Rick Ampler (Ger) Team Differdange - Losch  
106Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto - Soudal0:00:36 
107Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton0:00:37 
108Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
109Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
110Rodolfo Torres (Col) Colombia0:00:38 
111Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:39 
112Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:41 
113James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert0:00:42 
114Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:43 
115Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
116Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:22 
General classification after the prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:03:58 
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:03 
3Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:04 
4Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar  
5Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00:06 
6Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:07 
7Alex Kirsch (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
8Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
9Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto - Soudal0:00:08 
10Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
11André Greipel (Ger) Lotto - Soudal0:00:09 
12Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
13Kristian Haugaard Jensen (Den) Leopard Development Team  
14Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
15Kenny de Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:10 
16Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
17Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
18Oliver Naesen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
19Huub Duyn (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton  
20Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
21Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:11 
22Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert0:00:12 
23Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
24Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
25Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
26Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:00:13 
27Jan Dieteren (Ger) Leopard Development Team  
28Alexander Krieger (Ger) Leopard Development Team  
29Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
30Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:14 
31Russel Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
32Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:15 
33Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
34Tom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange - Losch  
35Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
36Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia  
37Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:16 
38Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert  
39Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:17 
40Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
41Martin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
42Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
43Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin  
44Christian Mager (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:18 
45Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
46Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
47Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
48Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
49Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
50Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
51Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:19 
52Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
53Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:20 
54Thomas Wertz (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
55Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
56Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert  
57Stijn Steels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
58Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits  
59Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:21 
60Boris Vallée (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
61Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar  
62Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
63Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
64Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
65Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch  
66Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
67Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton0:00:22 
68Patrick Olesen (Den) Leopard Development Team  
69Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert  
70Marc De Maar (Aho) Roompot Oranje Peloton  
71Migu Rubiano Chaves (Col) Colombia0:00:23 
72Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
73Alex Norberto Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia  
74Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:24 
75Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
76Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
77Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
78Luc Turchi (Lux) Leopard Development Team  
79Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert  
80Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
81Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton0:00:25 
82Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch  
83Brayan Stiven Ramirez Chacon (Col) Colombia  
84Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:26 
85Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
86Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:27 
87Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
88Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
89Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
90Carlos Julian Quintero Norena (Col) Colombia  
91Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert0:00:29 
92Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton  
93Pontus Kastemyr (Swe) Team Differdange - Losch  
94Edwin Alciviades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia  
95Mike Terpstra (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton0:00:30 
96Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto - Soudal  
97Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
98Joel Zangerle (Lux) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
99Thomas Deruette (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:32 
100Ivar Slik (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton  
101Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
102Cedric Raymackers (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:33 
103Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
104Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:34 
105Rick Ampler (Ger) Team Differdange - Losch  
106Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto - Soudal0:00:36 
107Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton0:00:37 
108Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
109Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
110Rodolfo Torres (Col) Colombia0:00:38 
111Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:39 
112Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:41 
113James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert0:00:42 
114Loic Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:43 
115Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
116Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:22 

 

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