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Skjelmose seals Tour de Luxembourg crown as Madouas wins final stage

LUXEMBOURG LUXEMBOURG SEPTEMBER 17 Valentin Madouas of France and Team Groupama FDJ celebrates at finish line as stage winner ahead of Mattias Skjelmose Jensen of Denmark and Team Trek Segafredo Yellow Leader Jersey during the 82nd Skoda Tour Luxembourg 2022 Stage 5 a 1784km stage from Mersch to Luxembourg on September 17 2022 in Luxembourg Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Madouas wins the stage as Skjelmose seals the overall (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mattias Skjelmose (Trek-Segafredo) followed the first victory of his young career on Friday with his first general classification triumph on Saturday, sealing the Tour de Luxembourg title. 

The 21-year-old Dane had taken the yellow jersey in Friday's time trial and he successfully defended it on the punchy final stage to Luxembourg. 

Valetin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), winner of the opening stage and the rider Skjelmose had taken the jersey from, claimed the stage victory in a tight four-man sprint for the line. 

Skjelmose was present and correct in the home straight, and although he'd marked Madouas to put the overall title beyond the Frenchman, he did have Kevin Vaquelin (Arkea-Samsic) to worry about, who'd started the day second overall just three seconds down. 

With bonus seconds of 10-6-4 for the top three, Vaquelin could have snatched the overall with stage victory. 

Skjelmose hit out early with a long-range sprint from 250 metres out, but Madouas bided his time before grinding through down the middle of the road. 

Vaquelin made good go of it on the left but had to settle for third, followed by Madouas' teammate Kevin Geniets, while Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) led home the next small group on the road at three seconds. 

Skjelmose topped the final overall classification with five seconds in hand over Vaquelin and 17 seconds on Madouas, who moved up onto the final podium at the expense of Sjoerd Bax (Alpecin-Deceuninck)

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