Marc Hirschi wrestled the overall lead from Joao Almeida after winning the second stage of the Tour of Luxembourg.
Almeida won the opening stage in a thrilling sprint finish on Tuesday, but a day later the Portuguese Deceuninck-QuickStep rider was no match for Hirschi, who finished eight seconds ahead of the chasing pack.
Almeida came second as one of five riders behind Hirschi, who now holds a narrow four-second lead in the general classification.
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Tour de Luxembourg Stage 2 Highlights as Hirschi takes win

For Swiss rider Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) it is a first stage win of 2021, with the 23-year-old clocking 4:45:12 on the 186.1km Steinfort-Eschdorf route.
Stage 3 takes place on Thursday and is slightly longer than Wednesday’s ride at 189.3km from Mondorf-les-Bains to Mamer.

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Stage 2: Top 10 riders

  • 1. Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates 4:45:12
  • 2. Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep +0:00:08
  • 3. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
  • 4. Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
  • 5. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates
  • 6. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
  • 7. Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies +0:00:20
  • 8. Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
  • 9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
  • 10. Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team

General Classification after Stage 2

  • 1. Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates 8:01:06
  • 2. Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep +0:00:04
  • 3. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ +0:00:19
  • 4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ +0:00:23
  • 5. David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates
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