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2012/06/02 TOUR DE LUXEMBOURG: STAGE 2: VAN MELSEN ATTACKS & WINS COMBATIVITY, DRUCKER FIFTH!
Germany’s Andre Greipel won his second consecutive stage at the 2012 Skoda Tour De Luxembourg, his 12th success of the season. The Lotto Belisol rider came out on top in the sprint finish, winning cosily from Ben Swift (Team Sky) and his teammate Jurgen Roelandts. Kevin Van Melsen (Accent.Jobs-Willems Veranda’s) won the 3 GPM’s and received also the combativity award! Congratulations Kevin!
There were attacks right from the outset on the flat 183.9km stage but it wasn’t until the 60km point that one of them stuck. Kevin Van Melsen (Accent.Jobs-Willems Veranda’s) and Vytautas Kaupas (Differdange) eventually built up a lead of around seven minutes before the peloton gradually brought them back.
As the race hurtled towards its conclusion, Greipel’s comaptriot Andreas Kloden (RadioShack-Nissan) made a dramatic late attack. For a few kilometres it looked like it was going to be a decisive move but ultimate he was caught. The teams jostled for position for the bunch sprint and once again it was Greipel who timed his surge to perfection. Jempy Drucker showed his good shape by sprinting to the fifth place!
“It may look simple to the people watching, but it’s not,” Greipel said afterwards. “The final was hard but in the end all went well.”
Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun), who the prologue, consolidated his narrow lead at the top of the general classification.
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 4:29:20
2 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling
3 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
4 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
5 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s
6 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator
7 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
8 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos-Shimano
9 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
10 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
12 Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s
26 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s
53 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s
57 Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s
75 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s
109 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s
115 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs – Willems Veranda’s