Teuns Retains Overall Lead in Norway After Bunch Sprint on Stage 211. August 2017, Bardufoss Airport (NOR) — Road Team
Dylan Teuns successfully defended his overall race lead on Arctic Race of Norway stage 2 after a solid day of teamwork from BMC Racing Team saw him finish safely in the previously predicted bunch sprint.
Attacks began from the moment the flag dropped on stage 2, with six riders going clear after 20km of racing and extending an advantage of over three minutes as they went over the top of the first of two categorized climbs, the Kolbranskaret Summit.
After a short and fast descent, the race road began to rise once again with the leaders sweeping up the only other KOM points on offer as they went over the top of the Lavangseidet Summit. While, behind them, the main bunch, led by BMC Racing Team, continued to sit three minutes back with 100km of racing still to come.
With a predicted bunch sprint on the horizon, the peloton soon began to pick up the pace with Floris Gerts and Bram Welten setting the tempo before eventually, the sprinters’ teams came up to the front to help with the chase and pull the leaders to within one minute with 22km to go.
The final breakaway rider was caught with just 4km to go, and the stage was then set for a fast and furious bunch sprint on the runway at Bardufoss Airport with Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha - Alpecin) eventually taking the win.
After being protected by his BMC Racing Team teammates all day, Teuns was able to negotiate the bunch sprint and crossed the line safely behind the eventual winner to maintain his position at the top of the General Classification.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“The guys did a good job to control the race. It was a hard day for them I think and we didn’t get help for a long time. For me, it was a good day to spin the legs and it wasn’t easy, but it also wasn’t that hard so it was good for me to have a day like this before the queen stage' tomorrow. We will see how it goes tomorrow. It will be hard in the beginning for sure and hopefully there will be some easier points in the build up to the last climb which is the most important part of the stage."
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“There was a six-man breakaway and I told the guys to take it easy and only control as such as we need to. We only controlled with Floris Gerts and Bram Welten and they did a really good job to keep the breakaway around three minutes ahead. Then in the three local laps, we had three bonus sprints so it was important to control this and go for the bonus seconds too as Dylan Teuns only had a nine-second advantage before the stage. Dylan took one of the three second bonuses and he was third in another so he gained four seconds. We are still leading and I’m pretty confident for tomorrow because we only used two guys today and we still have Danilo Wyss and Amaël Moinard tomorrow. Stage 3 is the big day for the General Classification so we need to do well to control tomorrow.”
Arctic Race of Norway
Stage 2: Sjøvegan > Bardufoss Airport, 184.5km
Top 3: 1. Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha Alpecin) 2. Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis) 3. Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 21. Floris Gerts 44. Dylan Teuns 59. Danilo Wyss