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"Naturally, I owe this win to the whole team and I truly can't tell how honored and proud I am about the workload they did for me today. Now, we can finally celebrate the win together."

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07.06.2015 @ 21:30 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

A big break of eleven riders launched an early attack during today’s 156 kilometer final stage of Tour of Luxembourg from Mersch to Limpertsberg. However, they never threatened to take leader's jersey away from Linus Gerdemann who finished the stage well-guided by his teammates in the bunch to claim his second overall win in the race.

 

Just like the previous stages of Tour of Luxembourg, the breakaway riders started to get dropped from the front group entering the local circuit as the pace intensified in both the field and the group. The CULT Energy riders spent the entire day on the front of the pack pulling hard to keep the escapees within reach to defend the overall lead. But the last standing escapees were working brilliantly together and made it to the finish line where Sean de Bie (Lotto-Soudal) took the stage win.

 

In the field, CULT Energy’s Linus Gerdemann remained cool, knowing the overall lead wasn't in danger and the strong German crossed the finish line a few moments behind the stage winner to claim his second overall title in Luxembourg.

 

Naturally, Linus Gerdemann was happy with the result and he praises the team for the hard work.

 

"It was not an easy stage at all. It was hot and the undulating course slowly but surely emptied the legs along the way but my teammates worked tirelessly and relentlessly on the front and made sure that there was never any immediate danger. We had to control the gap. Naturally, I owe this win to the whole team and I truly can't tell how honored and proud I am about the workload they did for me today. Now, we can finally celebrate the win together," says Gerdemann after the podium ceremony.

 

DS Michael Skelde was proud of the entire team after the final stage:

 

"Everyone is tired, extremely tired but very happy as well. The boys demonstrated immense will power and stamina leading the pack throughout the whole day. It's no secret that we have been missing a victory this spring after having been close many times. We knew all along that Linus was a big talent and an amazing rider but having him as a road captain and as a GC contender means so much for the entire line-up. His experience and calm nature is such a gift for a team like ours."

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