Strong Performance by Teuns Secures Sixth Overall at Paris-Nice11. March 2018, Nice (FRA) — Road Team
Dylan Teuns put in an impressive performance on the final weekend of Paris-Nice to secure sixth overall, after finishing seventh on stage 8.
Teuns showed his ability to step up in an unexpected leadership position after BMC Racing Team’s designated team leader, Tejay van Garderen, was forced to abandon stage 1 after a crash.
Heavy rain and strong winds made for already uncomfortable conditions, and with five categorized climbs in just 110km of racing, stage 8 was a battle from start to finish.
With the first climb coming after just 14km, the peloton remained grouped until the 20km mark when four riders broke clear only to be caught by a 24-rider move, featuring Dylan Teuns and yellow jersey holder Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT).
After sprinting for bonus seconds at the first intermediate sprint, the first attacks from the group played out and Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-Floors), Omar Fraile and Jakob Fuglsang (both Astana Pro Team) broke clear.
A crash saw Fuglsang drop back to the chase group with Teuns, while up ahead Alaphilippe and Fraile forged on and gained a 1’10” advantage.
After dropping Alaphilippe before the category 1 Côte de Peille, Fraile was alone in front with a solid lead. Behind, David de la Cruz (Team Sky) and Marc Soler (Movistar Team) attacked from the chase group and managed to catch Fraile inside 45km to go, by which time their advantage to the yellow jersey group had extended to 1’25”.
Jürgen Roelandts managed to bridge to the yellow jersey group with 37km remaining while Teuns was well positioned in the first 10 riders of the group.
On the steep ascent of Col d’Eze, Teuns’ chase group had started to bring the leading trio’s advantage down and by the summit of the 1.8km, 8% average gradient climb, 58 seconds separated the two groups with Soler sitting in the virtual race lead.
One the final climb, the 5.5km category 2 Col des Quatre Chemins, an attack from Ion Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) saw Yates and other contenders dropped while Teuns found himself with a handful of riders left in the chase group.
Two kilometers from the top of the climb, de la Cruz attacked solo and behind, Teuns continued to impress by making a selective five-rider chase group.
Fraile and Soler caught de la Cruz and the trio maintained their advantage over the chase group as they descended towards the finish line.
De la Cruz had the legs to sprint for the stage win while Soler’s third place on the stage saw him claim the overall race win.
Teuns crossed the line in Nice in seventh place, 38 seconds behind de la Cruz which was enough for sixth place overall, 32 seconds behind Soler.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
"I wasn't expecting the race to explode so fast today. I knew the first climb would be hard, but I thought there would maybe be a bit more control until the middle of the stage. However, right away there was a big explosion, and there was only around 16 guys or so left. Most of the GC guys were still there with two or three teammates so they could have done something, but they still let a good rider like Soler go. It was a hard start and also a hard final."
"I came to this race to be one of the last guys for Tejay and then I had to reset my mindset after the first stage. I think I did pretty well and I am happy with sixth but in the end, you always want more."
"I think this race suits me well. Most stages are good for me and it was only yesterday that was out of my comfort zone, but that was actually the stage that I did the best on so I think I can be confident for the future and build upon this."
Sports Director, Fabio Baldato:
"After the disaster at the beginning, it's been a great week. This is a great result for Dylan. After stage 1, we were looking at the top ten and this morning Dylan was sitting fifth. Okay, he lost one position today but Dylan did a good ride with leaders like Izagirre, Wellens and Yates and at the end, he also tried to pull a little. We have no regrets. We have a had a really good week with Dylan second on yesterday's stage and right up at the front again today. This is a great result and in the end, it's been a perfect week for Dylan and the team."
Stage 8: Nice > Nice (110km)
Top 3: 1. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) 2. Omar Fraile (Astana Pro Team) 3. Marc Soler (Movistar Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 7. Dylan Teuns 26. Jürgen Roelandts 59. Alessandro De Marchi
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 6. Dylan Teuns 35. Jürgen Roelandts 36. Alessandro De Marchi
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