The 2016 edition of the Skoda Luxembourg Tour will be held from 1 to 5 June. About a hundred national and international cyclists from the great international and continental stables will cover more than 700 kilometres throughout the Grand Duchy. The race comprises a prologue, followed by four stages:
- Wednesday, 1 June: Prologue in Luxembourg City (2.8 km)
- Thursday, 2 June: 1st stage - Luxembourg-Hesperange (170,6 km)
- Friday, 3 June: 2nd stage - Rosport-Schifflange (162.8 km)
- Saturday, 4 June: 3rd stage - Eschweiler (Wiltz)-Differdange (177.4 km)
- Sunday, 5 June: 4th stage Mersch-Luxembourg (178.2 km)
Four distinctive jerseys are awarded each year:
- the gold jersey for the leader in the general ranking,
- the blue jersey for the ranking by points,
- the wine-coloured jersey for the best climber,
- the yellow jersey for the best youngster.
Participation of Luxembourgers:
Six Luxembourgers have signed up for the race: Jempy Drucker (Team BMC), Alex Kirsch (Team Stölting), Pit Schlechter (Team Leopard Pro Cycling), Massimo Morabito (Team Leopard Pro Cycling), Tom Thill (Team Differdange-Losch) and Jan Petelin (Team Differdange-Losch). Two Luxembourgish teams are at the start: Leopard Pro Cycling (UCI Continental Team) and the Differdange-Losch Team (UCI Continental Team).
On the international level the Tour hosts with IAM Cycling, Tinkoff Sport or Lotto-Soudal cyclists from big world teams (UCI World Teams).
The 'Tour de Luxembourg', called the Skoda Luxembourg Tour, was launched in 1935; since 2005 it has become the top cycle race in the Grand Duchy. Mathias Clemens holds the record for the number of times he has won the general ranking. He won the Tour in 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939 and 1947. A Luxembourger has won the event 12 times since its creation.
The Grand Duchy and cycling - a love story
Despite its small population, compared with its larger neighbours, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg saw a number of top racing cyclists emerge in the 20th century, including Charly Gaul, François Faber and Nicolas Frantz. History has repeated itself in recent years, with exceptionally talented cyclists such as Andy Schleck, Kim Kirchen, Frank Schleck and Bob Jungels.
Luxembourgers are passionate about cycling, and the Skoda Luxembourg Tour attracts a large crowd of spectators every year. Come and encourage the competitors all along the course!
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)