Eighth on the final stage gives Juul-Jensen fifth place overall at the Tour de Luxembourg

Sun 5 Jun 2016

Danish rider Chris Juul-Jensen concludes the Tour de Luxembourg in fifth place overall for ORICA-GreenEDGE after placing eighth on the final stage.

The stage finished at the top of a short, sharp climb where Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) claimed his second stage victory of the week with Juul-Jensen finished strongly in eighth place to secure fifth on the general classification in what was ORICA-GreenEDGE's debut at the race.    

The Australian outfit headed into the five-day tour with ambitions of a stage victory and although the team missed out on the top result, sport director Matt Wilson was pleased with how the team performed throughout the week.

"The guys rode phenomenally today," Wilson explained after the stage. "We didn't have anything to lose today so we really threw it all on the line to try and have a good day and create an opportunity."

"The guys rode for around 60kilometres in an attempt to bring back the breakaway before the finishing circuits. Half of the team rode full gas just to open up the possibility and see if we could do something in the final. I can't fault their commitment. To commit to a plan that was a bit of a long shot, no-one questioned it, everyone gave everything.

"Chris had a great race to finish were he did, the race wasn't really suited to him to be honest, with these stages and with a short time trial so he did a really great job in the end.

"It was a great effort this week, the whole team raced well and the form looks great for everyone moving forward into our next races."

How it happened:

The final day of the five day tour brought another challenging, lumpy stage for the riders.

With the top six contenders on the general classification all within thirteen seconds of each other, it set the tone for an action packed day, a race for the stage but also a race for the overall classification.

ORICA-GreenEDGE started the day with two riders Juul-Jensen and Alex Edmondson both in the top ten, with Juul-Jensen just one second behind a podium placing.

Like the previous three stages a small breakaway formed within the first part of the race - this time five riders headed away from the peloton and opened up a comfortable lead.

The peloton allowed the leaders to continue to grow their advantage and after 75kilometres of racing the five escapees had established an eight minute lead. 

ORICA-GreenEDGE sent riders to the fore to lead the chase to bring the escapees back and give themselves an opportunity in the final.

With the end section of the stage consisting of tough 5.4kilometre finishing circuits each with a first category climb, the charging peloton soon swallowed up the breakaway as they entered the circuits.

The hard climb each lap caused the peloton to split up with Gilbert claiming a second victory at the top of the final climb.

Six seconds behind was Juul-Jensen, climbing strongly into eighth place and securing fifth place overall to rounding off a solid week of racing for the Australian outfit.

Tour de Luxembourg stage 4 results:

1. Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) 4:17:43
2. Maurits Lammertick (Roompot) ST
3. Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) +0:01
8. Chris Juul-Jensen (ORICA-GreenEDGE) +0:06

Final general classification results:

1. Maurits Lammertick (Roompot) 16:28:21
2. Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) +0:09
3. Alex Kirsch (Stolting Service Group) +0:19
5. Chris Juul-Jensen (ORICA-GreenEDGE) +0:24