Breschel wins stage 3 of Tour de Luxembourg

Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

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.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo5:27:10
2Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) RusVeloRow 2 - Cell 2
4Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:18
7Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 6 - Cell 2
8Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Team Differdange - LoschRow 8 - Cell 2
10Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) ColombiaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Christian Mager (Ger) Team StöltingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Fabio Taborre (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 12 - Cell 2
14Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 14 - Cell 2
16Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard Development TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - QhubekaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Corrado Lampa (Ita) Team Differdange - LoschRow 17 - Cell 2
19Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Kiryll Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVeloRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jarlinson Pantano (Col) ColombiaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 21 - Cell 2
23Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVeloRow 22 - Cell 2
24Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Team StöltingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 25 - Cell 2
27Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto BelisolRow 26 - Cell 2
28Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) ColombiaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Luigi Miletta (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 29 - Cell 2
31Thomas Koep (Ger) Team StöltingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) RusVeloRow 31 - Cell 2
33Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVeloRow 32 - Cell 2
34Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol0:01:00
35César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch0:01:03
36Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - LoschRow 35 - Cell 2
37Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Mirco Saggiorato (Swi) Team StöltingRow 38 - Cell 2
40Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:08
41Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:01:52
42Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:33
43Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVeloRow 42 - Cell 2
44Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 43 - Cell 2
45Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 45 - Cell 2
47Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:03:17
48Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) ColombiaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:04:16
50Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 49 - Cell 2
51André Greipel (Ger) Lotto BelisolRow 50 - Cell 2
52Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:09
53Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 52 - Cell 2
54Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:08:29
55Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 54 - Cell 2
56Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia0:08:49
57Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto BelisolRow 56 - Cell 2
58Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 57 - Cell 2
59Matthias Plarre (Ger) Leopard Development TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) ColombiaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Dennis Coenen (Bel) Leopard Development TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jonathan Paredes (Col) ColombiaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 63 - Cell 2
65Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Francesco Failli (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVeloRow 66 - Cell 2
68Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - LoschRow 67 - Cell 2
69Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing0:11:23
70Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory RacingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Samuele Conti (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 70 - Cell 2
72Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 71 - Cell 2
73Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 72 - Cell 2
74Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 74 - Cell 2
76Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 75 - Cell 2
77Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 77 - Cell 2
79Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVeloRow 78 - Cell 2
80Rafael Andriato (Bra) Yellow FluoRow 79 - Cell 2
81Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:14:11
82Patrick Olesen (Den) Leopard Development TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Development TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:14:26
85Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory RacingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Nils Politt (Ger) Team StöltingRow 86 - Cell 2
88Roberto De Patre (Ita) Yellow FluoRow 87 - Cell 2
89Joaquin Sobrino Martinez (Spa) Team Differdange - LoschRow 88 - Cell 2
90Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team StöltingRow 89 - Cell 2
91Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 90 - Cell 2
92Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 91 - Cell 2
93Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 93 - Cell 2
95Ruben Menendez Velasco (Spa) Team Differdange - LoschRow 94 - Cell 2
96Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - BruxellesRow 95 - Cell 2
97Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - LoschRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:14:27
99Markus Eichler (Ger) Team StöltingRow 98 - Cell 2
100Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Yellow Fluo0:14:40
DNFEgoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 100 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo13:54:02
2Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:15
3Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 2 - Cell 2
4Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:17
5Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) RusVelo0:00:20
6Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Team Stölting0:00:29
7Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:37
8Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:00:42
9Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:00:50
10Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:55
11Christian Mager (Ger) Team StöltingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:00:58
13Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:59
14Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Team Differdange - Losch0:01:00
15Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) ColombiaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo0:01:02
17Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol0:01:04
18Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia0:01:05
19Fabio Taborre (Ita) Yellow Fluo0:01:06
20Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:10
21Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo0:01:17
22Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:01:25
23Thomas Koep (Ger) Team Stölting0:01:30
24Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:32
25Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:34
26Kiryll Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVelo0:01:36
27Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:01:37
28Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:38
29Janis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch0:01:42
30Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia0:01:43
31César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch0:01:48
32Corrado Lampa (Ita) Team Differdange - Losch0:01:58
33Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo0:02:06
34Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:02:12
35Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:02:16
36Tom Thill (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:02:37
37Mirco Saggiorato (Swi) Team Stölting0:02:40
38Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:03:00
39Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:03:04
40Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto BelisolRow 39 - Cell 2
41Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:07
42Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:03:13
43Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:03:35
44Luigi Miletta (Ita) Yellow Fluo0:03:41
45Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia0:04:35
46Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:04:48
47Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:04:55
48Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:05:17
49Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVelo0:05:40
50Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:05:46
51André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:06:54
52Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:23
53Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:48
54Dennis Coenen (Bel) Leopard Development Team0:09:17
55Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch0:09:45
56Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVelo0:10:06
57Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:10:08
58Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:10:10
59Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:10:20
60Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:10:21
61Jonathan Paredes (Col) Colombia0:10:23
62Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia0:10:26
63Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:10:40
64Francesco Failli (Ita) Yellow Fluo0:10:58
65Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:10:59
66Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia0:11:26
67Marko Kump (Slo) Tinkoff-Saxo0:11:30
68Matthias Plarre (Ger) Leopard Development Team0:11:43
69Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo0:11:49
70Rafael Andriato (Bra) Yellow Fluo0:12:07
71Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:13:22
72Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:13:43
73Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:14:12
74Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:14:34
75Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:14:42
76Boris Dron (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:15:27
77Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:15:36
78Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:15:39
79Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:16:00
80Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:16:15
81Ruben Menendez Velasco (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch0:16:26
82Patrick Olesen (Den) Leopard Development Team0:16:29
83Roberto De Patre (Ita) Yellow Fluo0:16:44
84Joaquin Sobrino Martinez (Spa) Team Differdange - LoschRow 83 - Cell 2
85Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:16:49
86Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:16:52
87Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting0:17:09
88Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 87 - Cell 2
89Kevin Feiereisen (Lux) Leopard Development Team0:17:14
90Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:17:19
91Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:17:21
92Markus Eichler (Ger) Team StöltingRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:17:31
94Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Losch0:17:41
95Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Yellow Fluo0:17:44
96Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:21:54
97Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Stölting0:23:45
98Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing0:23:52
99Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing0:24:02
100Samuele Conti (Ita) Yellow Fluo0:24:11
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles
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Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits13:54:17

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