An unusual course of events shortened today’s stage in Tour de Luxembourg to just 45 kilometers on the finishing laps in the city of Hesperange. Setting up for a bunch sprint, Martijn Budding finished 9th as Arnaud Démare crossed the finish line as the winner.

“It was a good day for us again today. It was shaping up to be a bunch sprint, so we wanted to try with Martijn, and the guys showed, that they were ready once again today and delivered him well in the final”, says sports director Michael Blaudzun.

After just 20 kilometers of racing, the riders decided along with the organizers, that the conditions were too dangerous to race in, as the route wasn’t secured well enough from traffic. The peloton continued in a neutral state to the laps in Hesperange. Tomorrow offers another opportunity for the riders in the hilly terrain of Tour de Luxembourg.

“Our guys for the overall classification was positioned well for the final and didn’t lose any time, so we’re ready for another day tomorrow”, ends Michael Blaudzun.