Abu Dhabi Tour Stage 4: Teuns Tests his Legs in the Breakaway26. February 2017, Abu Dhabi (UAE) — Road Team
Dark skies, floodlights, and a wet track were the order of the day on Abu Dhabi Tour Stage 4 as the Yas Marina Circuit swapped Formula 1 for the UCI World Tour with Dylan Teuns riding as part of the breakaway before Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott) took the stage win after bunch sprint for the line.
As the rain bounced off the track, the riders headed out for 26 laps of the 5.5km circuit and Teuns was quickly out at the front of the race, riding as part of a six-rider breakaway.
With 14 laps to go, the breakaway’s advantage dipped under one minute for the first time since lap 5 with the peloton strung out and setting a high tempo behind them.
The chase began to heat up with ten laps to go, and as riders began to drop off the back of the breakaway, only Teuns remained out in front pushing the peloton to the limit alongside Movistar’s Jorge Arcas and Alex Dowsett.
After a gutsy effort, it wasn’t until lap 20 that Teuns and Dowsett would be swept up by the peloton and the race would head towards the finish line altogether.
As has become traditional on the fourth stage of Abu Dhabi Tour, and in spite of the slippery conditions, the race came down to highly competitive bunch sprint for the line with Ewan eventually taking victory ahead of Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) and Andre Greipel (Lotto - Soudal)
Quotes from the Finish Line
“We had talked about me making a move with the breakaway on today's stage, but we didn't expect rain. That changed my motivation a little but I still went with the move. In the end, it worked out, so it was positive for me. I wanted to put pressure on the legs today and use this stage as training with an eye on Paris - Nice." "Overall this week, I think we have had some good days and yesterday was a great test for me on the climb to see where my form is at the moment. But today I wanted to turn the volume up higher and go full gas.”
Sports Director, Jackson Stewart:
“We saw a good team here this week, but this is a big race, and I think we expected better results on the mountain stage. We will definitely leave this race hungry for results at the next race. We can be positive about the way we rode as a team and how we worked to protect our leaders especially Manuel Quinziato. He put a great effort in every day and was always there to help."
"The guys are still finding their form and growing their condition with every race, and we saw a lot of great work from our young riders like Manuel Senni on yesterday's stage and Dylan Teuns. It was nice to see him active today as his builds towards the spring."
Abu Dhabi Tour
Stage 4: Yas Marina Circuit > Yas Marina Circuit, 147km
Top 3: 1. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott) 2. Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) 3. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 39. Nicolas Roche 87. Tejay van Garderen 100. Dylan Teuns