Giro d’Italia Stage 20: Teuns Tests His Legs with Solo Attack27. May 2017, Asagio (ITA) — Road Team
It may have been stage 20 of the Giro d’Italia but Dylan Teuns showed he saved his best form to last, after a tough three weeks of racing, by making the breakaway and eventually launching a solo attack on the final climb towards Asagio.
Teuns was on the attack soon after the flag dropped at kilometer 0, forming part of a six-rider breakaway.
Initially, the chase was on from the peloton and the gap remained under one minute before finally, the peloton sat up and allowed the group to go more than five minutes up the road.
Despite the breakaway riders posing no threat to the General Classification, the fierce rivalry between the GC contenders meant the breakaway’s advantage didn’t go beyond five minutes.
On the famous Monte Grappa climb the six breakaway riders became four, including Teuns, and the quartet forged on and tried to keep their advantage stable. An injection of pace from Teuns caused the group to split and it was just Teuns and Dries Devenyns (Quickstep-Floors) left on the final slopes of the ascent.
Teuns was distanced before reaching the summit but was able to close the gap on the descent before turning the tables and going solo on the Foza climb.
On the ascent, Teuns’s advantage began to decrease as the riders in the drastically reduced Maglia Rosa group began to attack and eventually, Teuns was caught with 20.5km to go after a solid display of form on the second to last day.
The battle of the GC contenders continued to play out on the run into the finish in Asiago, where Tejay van Garderen and Dylan Teuns crossed the line 6’41” behind stage winner Thibaut Pinot (FDJ).
The final stage of the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia is a 29km time trial from Monza to Milan.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I tried other days but it didn’t happen on these days so I’m happy that I could at least try once full gas. It was really sad for us that we had to use a lot of energy during almost one hour [when the peloton chased] and also it was sad because if we already had more minutes’ advantage there, it would have been better in the final.”
“On the Monte Grappa I had a really bad moment in the final part, but then I came back to a good rhythm and I thought ‘we are with four strong guys’ as two were dropped already. I think it was me who made a small acceleration as the time gap was going down. Devenyns came over and he also went a little bit faster and for me it was good. Valerio Piva was saying in the radio that the other two were dropped which meant we were just two strong guys. We went over the climb and worked really well together.”
“Then on the final climb I thought we would go up the climb together and we started with a good pace. I took a little bit of a higher pace and Devenyns was at the limit and without willing it, I dropped him. I did everything that I could to continue but my dream was over with 20km to go. It was sad that we had no more minutes in the beginning or could not get some more time in between the two climbs but there wasn’t a long part there. We had an advantage but not enough to survive the climb.”
Maximilian Sciandri, Sports Director:
“In my pre-race report I had marked ‘Dylan: all out’ as it was his last chance to really show something. We dreamt quite a lot. He did an exceptional race, a strong race. The GC guys were always on them so the race never really slowed down. But, it was a good day out.”
“I know Manuel Quinziato wants to go full gas tomorrow in the time trial. It’s his last Giro d’Italia, his last year as a pro rider, and he had the Italian national time trial jersey on. So, he will definitely give it everything. I think the rest of the guys are going to just enjoy it.”
Stage 20 Pordenone > Asagio (190km)
Top 3: 1. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 2. Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha-Alpecin), 3. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida Pro Cycling Team).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 26. Tejay van Garderen, 30. Dylan Teuns, 38. Manuel Senni
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