Tour of Luxembourg: Almeida seals overall victory

João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) sealed overall victory at the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg after he took second place on the fifth and final stage behind David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ).

After a hilly opening, a reduced peloton tackled two laps of a rolling finishing circuit around Luxembourg City, and Almeida had ample support from his Deceuninck-QuickStep squad in the finale.

Although Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) picked up three bonus seconds by winning the intermediate sprint with one lap to go, the Swiss rider was never likely to threaten Almeida’s yellow jersey.

The pace-making of Almeida’s teammates Mauri Vansevenant and Pieter Serry helped to keep the front group together in the finale, where the attack of Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) with 8.5km to go was one of the few to gain any traction.

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