Teuns Feeling Confident After Finishing Seventh at De Brabantse Pijl11. April 2018, Overijse (BEL) — Road Team
After a series of strong performances at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco last week, Dylan Teuns showed that he is heading into the Ardennes Classics in strong form with an aggressive display of racing and a top ten finish at De Brabantse Pijl today.
The 201.9km race, which draws an end to the Flanders Classics series, is often described as a bridge between the cobbled Classics and the Ardennes and it saw the peloton tackle a total of 27 climbs.
The day’s breakaway formed quickly with seven riders going clear and beginning to stretch out their advantage going over the top of the first climb, the Smeysberg, after only 13km of racing.
Over the early part of the race, the group’s lead continued to grow and by the time they reached the top of the Bruineput, the leaders were sitting almost eight minutes ahead of the main bunch.
However, with a little over 130km and a lot more climbing still to come, the peloton pulled the breakaway back to a more manageable five minutes before the chase heated up heading into the second half of the day.
After tackling the final climb, the Schavei, for the first time, the peloton crossed the finish line to start the first of three laps of a 23.4km finishing circuit with the gap to the leading group now just under two minutes.
Attacks began almost immediately with the bunch drawn out into single file going over the top of the Hagaard, the first of five climbs featured on the local laps, before splits began to form.
With the pace easing slightly, the main bunch came back together as two riders, Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) and Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto-Soudal), were able to bridge across to the front of the race.
BMC Racing Team began to set the tempo behind before, after another flurry of attacks, less than 30 seconds stood between the peloton and the two remaining leaders, Haig and Van Der Sande.
Approaching the 40km to go mark, the two leaders were holding onto their advantage as Brent Bookwalter and Teuns began to follow the bursts of acceleration off the front of a reducing bunch.
As the bell rang to mark the start of the final lap, the pace really started to pick up with Joey Rosskopf and Teuns at the head of the bunch as the leading duo started to dangle just 15 seconds off the front with 15km to go.
The catch was made just 3km later before, after a battle for position going onto the Holstheide climb, an eight-rider group went clear and was holding onto a narrow advantage with 8km to go.
Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) made his move just moments later and with the rest of the group being swept up by the chasing bunch, he was the solo leader heading under the flamme rouge.
Wellens’ 25-second advantage proved enough to see him take the day’s honors while behind, Teuns launched his own attack on the steepest part of the final climb before eventually sprinting to seventh on the line.
Quotes From the Finish Line
"I felt good coming into this race after being in Pais Vasco. I had to take some days off to recover which was really important and in the end, I probably recovered just enough and just in time for this race. I was confident in my shape and the team was too. We had a good group here who all worked well for me. In the final, it was hard to control the big moves of the teams who were also strong here and we also started with one guy less so maybe that's what we missed a little. But overall, I am feeling happy with my race and feeling confident looking ahead after today's result."
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
"I am happy with what the guys did today. In the end, we started with six riders instead of seven so we knew we would have to be attentive all day. The race was going well for us before Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) made his move on the big road. We then had to go with Dylan Teuns at the bottom of the last climb and I think that is potentially why we missed a place on the podium. If the gap is just a handful of seconds and you can see the rider, it gives you a little bit more motivation but in this case, we knew we were racing for second place."
"Overall though the guys gave it everything they had and I feel proud of them especially Dylan. He is not yet completely recovered from Pais Vasco and already doing an effort like he did today so, this is definitely promising for his upcoming goals. We know he is even better at a longer and harder race so, it is looking positive."
De Brabantse Pijl
One-day race: Leuven > Overijse, 201.9km
Top 3: 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) 2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team) 3. Tiejs Benoot (Lotto-Soudal)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 7. Dylan Teuns 70. Joey Rosskopf 71. Brent Bookwalter