João Almeida sprints to victories in opening stage in Luxembourg

As is often the case, a lot of toppers went to the Tour of Luxembourg. Those toppers immediately got a hilly course for the wheels in stage 1, with two more climbs in the final.

In that final, Jack Bauer was the only one left from an early flight. The New Zealander made an impression and managed to keep the peloton at a distance for miles. At 2 km from the finish, he was there for the effort, after hard work by Deceuninck riders Serry and Masnada.

On the final climb in Luxembourg’s capital Luxembourg, Davide Formolo and David Gaudu tried to escape a group sprint, but without success.

In the sprint, Bauke Mollema actually seemed to be heading for the stage win first, but with an impressive acceleration from the background, Almeida still completed the preparatory work of his team. Mollema and Hirschi complete the podium.

Tomorrow there will be another tough stage in Luxembourg, with a lot of climbing. Almeida is of course the first leader in the five-day stage race.

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