A late move makes it in Diekirch.

Despite a hilly route and two steep climbs stacked in the final 15 kilometers, stage 3 of the Tour de Luxembourg didn’t see any big gaps open between the general classification contenders, in part thanks to Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, who rode hard to keep things together. Even when the bunch split on the final climb and Davide Ballerini and Tim Declercq slipped to the second group while Florian Sénéchal continued with what was left of the peloton, our guys didn’t give up and came back for the closing kilometers.

“El Tractor” drove a big tempo at the front, bringing back the only rider who managed to escape over the top of the ascent, before shutting down another attack, two kilometers from the finish. But when another acceleration involving two men came, the duo managed to hold off the chasers, despite a stunning effort of Davide Ballerini, who came close to bringing them back before eventually running out of road. The Italian finished third, followed by the French Champion, who is our best placed rider in the standings, in fifth place.

“Our team did a very good stage, they kept riding well and showed their shape, but today two guys jumped away just as we made the catch and kept going until the finish. We did our best, but came up short, just like on the previous stage. We miss that win, and it’s frustrating as we gave everything, but we’ll keep trying”, said sports director Brian Holm ahead of the penultimate stage, an individual time trial.

 

Photo credit: ©Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

Race details

1 Aaron Gate
Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling
4:40:58
2 Benjamin Thomas
Cofidis
0:00
3 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
4 Matteo Trentin
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
5 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
6 Axel Laurance
0:00
7 Kristian Sbaragli
Alpecin-Deceuninck
0:00
8 Dorian Godon
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
9 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
10 Rémy Mertz
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
0:00
32 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
62 Jannik Steimle
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:06
79 Stijn Steels
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:44
1 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
12:33:04
2 Sjoerd Bax
Alpecin-Deceuninck
0:07
3 Matteo Trentin
UAE Team Emirates
0:08
4 Aaron Gate
Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling
0:08
5 Bastien Tronchon
AG2R Citroën Team
0:09
6 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:12
7 Benjamin Thomas
Cofidis
0:12
8 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
0:13
9 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:18
10 Rune Herregodts
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:18
33 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:18
54 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:08
71 Jannik Steimle
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:57
82 Stijn Steels
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
13:35
1 Matteo Trentin
UAE Team Emirates
42 pt
2 Florian Sénéchal
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
34 pt
3 Benjamin Thomas
Cofidis
26 pt
4 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
26 pt
5 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
22 pt
6 Aaron Gate
Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling
20 pt
7 Axel Laurance
18 pt
8 Sjoerd Bax
Alpecin-Deceuninck
16 pt
9 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
13 pt
10 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
9 pt
1 Joel Nicolau Beltran
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
21 pt
2 Gil Gelders
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
12 pt
3 Morten Hulgaard
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
7 pt
4 Joel Suter
UAE Team Emirates
6 pt
5 Victor Koretzky
5 pt
6 Nicola Conci
Alpecin-Deceuninck
5 pt
7 Kasper Viberg Søgaard
Riwal Cycling Team
5 pt
8 Asier Etxeberria Zafra
Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 pt
9 Antonio Jesús Soto Guirao
Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 pt
10 Joseba López Cuesta
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
4 pt
16 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Bastien Tronchon
AG2R Citroën Team
12:33:13
2 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
0:04
3 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:09
4 Rune Herregodts
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:09
5 Kevin Geniets
Groupama - FDJ
0:09
6 Kévin Vauquelin
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:09
7 Joel Suter
UAE Team Emirates
0:09
8 Michel Ries
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:09
9 Nicola Conci
Alpecin-Deceuninck
0:09
10 Felix Gall
AG2R Citroën Team
0:09
1 Alpecin-Deceuninck 37:40:01
2 AG2R Citroën Team 0:04
3 UAE Team Emirates 0:05
4 Array 0:05
5 Cofidis 0:05
6 Team Arkéa Samsic 0:05
7 Trek - Segafredo 0:57
8 Bolton Equities Black Spoke Pro Cycling 1:00
9 Groupama - FDJ 1:59
10 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 4:03

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