Teuns Just Outside the Top Ten on Vuelta a España Stage 81. September 2018, Almadén (ESP) — Road Team
Dylan Teuns finished just outside the top ten on Vuelta a España stage 8 which saw the peloton enjoy a relaxed start to the day before the race came down to a brutal uphill sprint for the line.
The day’s three-rider breakaway, which went clear almost immediately on today’s 195.1km stage, had extended an advantage of more than 12 minutes at the top of the day’s only categorized climb, the 10.3km long category three Alto de Españares.
After a relatively relaxed start for the peloton, the chase began to heat up approaching the 100km to go mark with the sprinters teams, as well as race leader Rudy Molard’s Groupama-FDJ teammates, taking responsibility for the pacemaking while, BMC Racing Team sat in the first half of the bunch.
With 30km to go, the gap had fallen to inside three minutes and the determination of the main bunch to bring the race back together before the tricky finale was clear.
The catch was ultimately made inside the final 6km of the race and if the pace wasn’t intense before, it was now as the battle for position, which saw Teuns and Roche well-placed, began.
A reduced main bunch of around 50 riders was all together as the road narrowed quickly to go all the way around a roundabout that lead onto the final 500m kick up towards the finish line, the last 20 meters of which was cobbled.
Teuns was able to stick with the bursts of acceleration from his closest rivals when the sprint was launched but on the final corner, which came with 300m to go, he was blocked slightly.
However, he continued to dig deep and showed his skills on short, sharp finishes to cross the line just outside the top ten, in 12th placed behind the stage winner, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team).
Roche also finished in the first part of the peloton alongside the main General Classification contenders and continues to sit in the top 25 overall, just over five minutes behind Molard.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
“The guys put me a great position leading into the finale. Then, in the last kilometer, I tried to find my way alone and I was feeling really good. I was well-placed going around the roundabout but then I lost a few positions on the final corner with 300m to go and I couldn’t move up anymore in the sprint. I was just holding my place. I am definitely more happy about today than yesterday and I think I am still moving forward and improving every day.”
Sports Director, Jackson Stewart:
“When those three riders went away, we could tell that a lot of the teams wanted the stage to come down to a sprint. We thought we had a good shot with Dylan and so we let the bigger teams, and the GC teams at first, control the race. We had some of our staff at the finish do a little recon as we had some conflicting information so, in the end, we had a really good idea of what was coming up and how we needed to move and where we needed to place Dylan and also Nico.”
“I think overall it was a good day. We rallied around our guy today and okay, he wasn’t in the top ten but he gave it his all and I am happy with the day, the effort of the team and also Dylan’s final.”
Vuelta a España
Stage 8: Linares > Almadén, 195.1km
Top 3: 1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) 2. Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) 3. Danny van Poppel (Team LottoNL-Jumbo)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 12. Dylan Teuns 39. Nicolas Roche 56. Francisco Ventoso