Gerdemann win solo in Luxembourg
Linus Gerdemann secured his first victory for Leopard Trek as he crossed the finish line alone on stage two of the Tour de Luxembourg to take the yellow jersey.
The second and longest stage of the Tour covered 200.7 kilometers of hilly terrain with eight categorised climbs including the short but steep Cote de l’Europe on the final circuit in Differdange.
"The whole team did incredible work today," said Gerdemann.
“It was a perfect day. We knew we wanted to make the stage hard. We wanted to win the stage and we wanted to keep yellow. We accomplished all of this.”
Gerdemann attacked with Anthony Charteau (Europcar) and Jurgen Van Goolen (Veranda's Willems-Accent) initially, before breaking away on his own.
He eventually won the stage by just nine seconds from a group of 13 riders and he now holds a two second lead over Alexandre Geniez (Skil - Shimano) in General Classification with Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) a further second back.)
"I don't want to look too much further ahead yet," said Gerdemann. "We want to win the overall, but for now, I'm enjoying today."