Tour de Luxembourg: Stosz with KOM jersey

Patryk Stosz put on impressive performance in the breakaway on stage 1 of Skoda Tour de Luxembourg, winning most of KOMs and collecting points at intermediate sprints.

Info: May 31st, Luxembourg – Hesperange, 186,7km

Course: undulating

Patryk Stosz went clear soon after the start, with three other riders – Jan Willem Van Ship, Lukas Meiler and Florian Nowak. Pole had his eyes on the prize, as he won first five KOMs and first intermediate sprint. He also added few second places, taking the lead in King of the Mountain classification. In most active classification he sits in 2nd, only behind Van Ship.

At one point the breakaway with Stosz had 5 minutes in hand, but it was not enough to hold off the chasers. Polish rider got caught with 11km, when Van Ship was still soloing in the front. His move was also neutralized though, with 4km remaining. It happened on a short hill, which was used by Paweł Cieślik to test his legs. He went after Stijn Devolder who attempted to break the field apart. That acceleration didn’t turn out to be decisive, as it came down to a bunch gallop. It was quite a hectic one, with crash happening 1,5km to go (CCC Sprandi Polowice riders were not among those who went down).

Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) sprinted to victory, ahead of Alex Kirsch (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty Goubert). Adrian Kurek was the team’s top finisher, taking 15th place. Jan Tratnik, who was 3rd in prologue, now sits in 4th overall.