Saxo Bank’s home-town hero Frank Schleck won the second stage of the Tour of Luxembourg on Friday but it was second place finisher Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil) who grabbed the overall lead from previous incumbent Cyril Lemoine.
Carrara and defending champion Schleck peeled away from the chasing pack 10 kilometers from the finish and the Luxemburger just won their race for the line, finish 35 seconds ahead of Sky’s Juan Antonio Flecha, who came in third.
Carrara now has a one-second advantage over Schleck and a 30-second lead over third-placed Lance Armstrong, who came in sixth on the day after a 203km race from Schifflange to Differdange.
Before the racers left Schifflange for the start Armstrong’s sporting director Johan Bruyneel praised the form of the former Tour de France champion.
“Lance is really in very good condition. He is finding his strength and this Tour of Luxembourg is perfect for him to to get his rhythm,” said Bruyneel.
Saturday’s penultimate stage is a 191km ride from Eschweiller to Diekirch.
Stage 2 – Top 10
1. Frank SCHLECK (LUX) Team Saxo Bank, 5:10:38
2. Matteo CARRARA (ITA) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team at 0
3. Juan Antonio FLECHA GIANNONI (ESP) Team Sky at 35
4. Serguei IVANOV (RUS) Team Katusha at 35
5. Björn LEUKEMANS (BEL) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team at 36
6. Lance ARMSTRONG (USA) Team RadioShack at 36
7. Alexandre GENIEZ (FRA) Skil-Shimano at 36
8. Sergey LAGUTIN (UZB) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team at 53
9. Patrik SINKEWITZ (GER) ISD-Neri at 53
10. Serge PAUWELS (BEL) Team Sky at 53
Overall – Top 10
1. Matteo CARRARA (Italy) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, 9:44:30
2. Frank SCHLECK (Luxembourg) Team Saxo Bank at 1
3. Lance ARMSTRONG (United States) Team RadioShack at 30
4. Juan Antonio FLECHA GIANNONI (Spain) Team Sky at 34
5. Serguei IVANOV (Russia) Team Katusha at 34
6. Björn LEUKEMANS (Belgium) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team at 35
7. Alexandre GENIEZ (France) Skil-Shimano at 39
8. Andreas KLÖDEN (Germany) Team RadioShack at 50
9. Cyril LEMOINE (France) Saur-Sojasun at 51
10. Grégory RAST (Switzerland) Team RadioShack at 51