With two stage wins and a second place adding Matti Breschel’s overall lead before the final stage of Tour de Luxembourg today, you can say that Tinkoff-Saxo have been dominating the race completely already.
Today’s 168 kilometer long fourth and final stage was an undulating one and a break of nine riders were up the road. But the field was complete entering the circuit in Luxembourg where five laps were due. But then, riders were constantly moving up the road in the quest for glory but André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) was making the most promising move as he soloed off in the distance and with 4 kilometers to go, he had a lead of 50 seconds to the chasing bunch.
And the big German completed the mission and took the stage win but Tinkoff-Saxo’s Matti Breschel finished second in the bunch sprint behind – in due time to take the overall win of the race as well as the points classification.
DS, Fabrizio Guidi was all smiles after the stage:
“I knew we had a good opportunity of making a pretty decent result here but the boys really performed beyond my expectations. Today, a break went away at first and we had four riders working all day in front of the peloton to bring them back and they succeeded beautifully. On the final circuit, Andy Schleck launched a promising attack with a few followers but we remained cool as Oliver Zaugg and Ivan Rovny brought them back again. We couldn’t do anything about Greipel who was sensationally fast today but Matti finished second on the line and we can now finally celebrate for a number of reasons. Matti’s back in superb form, the team supported him perfectly, Michael (Mørkøv) finished 3rd overall and the results say it all,” said a happy sport director.
Tinkoff-Saxo won the team classification as well.