Appollonio hits finish line and barrier first in Luxembourg.

Winner

A double win.

If you’re going to crash, it’s best to crash after you’ve won the stage.

Italian Davide Appollonio (Sky) won stage three in the tiny Tour of Luxembourg then hit the barriers after crossing this finish line. A bang-up win, so to speak. It was his first win as a professional and he won’t win many more if he keeps slamming into things.

Team Sky directeur sportif Marcus Ljungqvist detailed the post-win crash:, “Just after the finish line it was pretty tight and there was virtually nowhere for Davide to go; he hit the barriers but he’s alright and it wasn’t anything too serious.”

Hey, Appollonio is barely 22 years old so he’s got plenty of skin to donate and recovers quickly. There’s nothing like a big win to take away all the pains, even the self-inflicted ones.

“I’m so happy to get my first victory this year for the team. I’ve had a few seconds and thirds so I was really hoping for a win and today it happened,” said Appollonio on the team website.

Appollonio beat Mario Cipollini protege Denis Galimzyanov by inches on the 186km stage from Eschweiler to Roost. Yeah, as a matter of fact, he did come home to roost.

“After the Giro I had a little bit of a rest afterwards but I kept my condition and then the team called me into the Luxembourg squad – I’m pleased to reward their faith in me and tomorrow we’ll do everything we can to try and get the victory again, he said.

Leopard Trek’s boy band leader Linus Gerdemann is still in control of the leader’s jersey. Linus, leader, Luxembourg.

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