• 2012/06/02 TOUR DE LUXEMBOURG: STAGE 3: VERY GOOD RACE FOR ACCENT.JOBS TEAM
    • TOUR DE LUXEMBOURG: STAGE 3: VERY GOOD RACE FOR ACCENT.JOBS TEAM TOUR DE LUXEMBOURG: STAGE 3: VERY GOOD RACE FOR ACCENT.JOBS TEAM

      Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) claimed his first win of the season and one of his most prestigious victories of his career on the queen stage of the Tour de Luxembourg today. At the end of the 205km stage from Eschweiler to Differdange, Poels out-paced Jakob Fuglsand and Fränk Schleck of the RadioShack-Nissan team. With his second place, Fuglsang took over the race lead from Saur-Sojasun’s Jimmy Engoulvent.

      The day’s breakaway went early, with Mathew Hayman (Sky), Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol), Jérôme Cousin (Europcar), Albert Timmer (Argos-Shimano) and Staf Scheirlinckx (Accent.Jobs-Willems Verandas) built up a four minute lead in the lead-up to the hills. Timmer claimed the first four mountain primes, but as the race hit the closing circuits the five riders were being chased in earnest by the Radioshack-led peloton.

      The breakaway was finally caught ahead of the Col de l’Europe, which was taken in three times in the closing circuits. Fränk Schleck attacked the first trip to take the most points, pulling away a new leading group with Fuglsang, Poels and his own teammate Andreas Klöden.

      Klöden was dropped from the lead group, and the trio went to the line with a small lead. Schleck claimed all three mountain sprints on the Col de l’Europe but wasn’t able to get the better of the Dutch rider in the dash to the finish. A very good Jurgen Van Goolen finished in the following group on 24 seconds.