VN news sticker: Marc Hirschi solos for Tour of Luxembourg stage 2, Alberto Contador starts driving to Italy

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Marc Hirschi solos for Tour of Luxembourg stage 2 winner

Marc Hirschi (UAE-Team Emirates) took control of the overall race management with a solo victory on stage 2 of the Luxembourg Tour in 2021.

This was Hirschi’s first win of the 2021 season.

The Swiss rider beat the overnight leader and future teammate João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) with a late attack three kilometers out of goal in Eschdorf.

The remnants of a four-man break were brought back at 40km to continue work on Trek-Segafredo and Groupama-FDJ on the first of three trips up the Côte de Eschdorf, after we had previously summarized four categorized climbs along the route.

The acceleration shattered the peloton that had been controlled by Deceuninck-Quick-Step to protect Almeida’s lead.

Team Arkéa-Samsic animated the race on the second to last lap in the Côte de Eschdorf, before Deceuninck-Quick-Step again went to the front, led by Mauri Vansevenant.

Anthony Turgis (Team TotalEnergies) went free of the large group of 20 km to the finish, but was caught by Hirschi on the third and final lap in Eschdorf, at 6 km.

Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) and Davide Formolo (UAE-Team Emirates) went with Hirschi’s moves. When Hirschi made his last attack, Formolo only had to watch his teammate walk up the road for victory.

Tour of Luxembourg stage 2 Results

  1. Marc Hirschi (UAE-Team Emirates), 4:45:12
  2. João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), kl. 08
  3. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), at st

Tour of Luxembourg General Classification

  1. Marc Hirschi (UAE-Team Emirates), 8:01:06
  2. João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), kl. 04
  3. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), 7 p.m.

Alberto Contador begins 1,600 km trip to Milan

Alberto Contador lives up to his promise.

In May, Contador said he would ride from Madrid to Milan if a rider from his Eolo-Kometa team won a stage during the Giro d’Italia. The team lived up to the end of the trade when Lorenzo Fortunato took a stunning victory on top of Monte Zoncolan, one of the toughest climbs in Europe.

Contador left Madrid this week and struck out 365km the first day on the way to Milan with a group of riders. Contador, who retired in 2017, set up the team on the second row along with his brother, Fran, and former pro Ivan Basso.

Spain names World Cup squad without Alejandro Valverde

Former world champion Alejandro Valverde is not running around the stripes this year.

The veteran Spanish rider, who crashed out of the Vuelta a España last month with a broken collarbone, is not part of the eight-rider elite men’s list unveiled on Wednesday by the Spanish federation.

Leading for Spain will be Iván García Cortina and Mavi García in the country roads for men and women.

Also riding in the women’s team are Ani Santesteban, Sara Martín, Lourdes Oyarbide, Sheyla Gutiérrez and Eider Merino. Ziortza Isasi runs in the run.

Joining Iván Cortina will be Carlos Rodríguez (also racing in time trial), Alex Aranburu, Gonzalo Serrano, Imanol Erviti, Gorka Izagirre, Roger Adría and Antonio Soto.

A few other big names were left out, including Ion Izagirre and Luis León Sánchez.

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