Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) added a second victory to his 2022 season tally, taking out a reduced bunch sprint on stage 2 of the Tour de Luxembourg in Junglinster.
The Italian out-paced Florian Sénéchal and his QuickStep-AlphaVinyle teammate Davide Ballerini in another frantic finale animated by several attacks by AG2R-Citroën's Dorion Godon, who tried to use the Poteau de Kayl to slip away. When that move failed, the Frenchman went again but UAE Team Emirates pulled him back with 1.3km remaining and set Trentin up for the stage win.
Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) held onto the overall lead by seven seconds over Sjoerd Bax (Alpecin-Deceuninck), while Trentin's bonus seconds moved him into third at eight seconds.
"It was a really nice final with a small climb and fast run through the city. We planned to do the climb with a hard but steady tempo with [Rafal] Majka and then focus on the lead-out with [Joel] Suter, [Rui] Oliveira and our stagiaire [Arthur] Kluckers," Trentin said.
"The guys made a really good lead-out and we forced Quickstep to go early and so we were able to come around in the last metres. The time-trial should decide the final GC but we’re focused day by day and making another good stage tomorrow."
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