Two riders on the podium for the Wolfpack.
For the second day in a row, Florian Sénéchal was in the mix at the Tour de Luxembourg. After Tuesday the small peloton he was part of missed out on catching the lone attacker by just a few seconds and he finished fifth, this time the stage concluded in a bunch sprint and our rider featured again in the fight for victory.
The story of the stage unfolded on the fast finishing straight in Schifflange, a small town that featured on the route for the sixth time in the last decade. A rider attacked with 500 meters to go, our team pulled hard to reel him in, and Florian – who was the one to nullify this attack – still had enough left to sprint and take runner-up behind Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates), less than half a wheel separating him from the win, while teammate Davide Ballerini rounded out the podium.
“I’m disappointed, because I am quite sure I could have won if not for that attack that I had to close. When Oliveira went with about 350 meters to go once Jannik peeled off the front, I had to pull hard to shut down that move. I did it, but Trentin came out of my wheel and passed me in the last meters. It won’t be easy in the next stages, but we’ll try again”, Florian said.
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