Teuns Launches Late Attack Before Bunch Sprint on Stage 3 in Pais Vasco4. April 2018, Valdegovía (ESP) — Road Team
Dylan Teuns tested his legs on Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco stage 3 today by going on the attack in the closing kilometers of the race before the final bunch sprint for the line.
There was an initial battle to make the breakaway with multiple attacks over the opening 15km of the day before two riders eventually went clear while another group of six tried to bridge across.
Going over the top of the day’s second categorized climb, the Aretxabalgane, the two front groups merged and soon the eight riders began to build up an advantage that was sitting at 6’30” with over 130km of racing still to come.
The gap began to fall steadily heading up the 7.6km ascent of Le Barrerilla however, despite reaching the summit of the final categorized climb the road continued to roll all the way to the finish line.
With 50km to go, the leaders had been pulled back to 2’10” as the peloton continued to chase hard behind in the hope of bringing the race back together for another explosive finale.
Shortly after, the breakaway began to split with just Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Christopher Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-SCOTT) left out at the front of the race approaching the 30km to go mark.
The duo’s advantage fell to inside one minute just 5km later as a series of attacks off the front of the bunch saw David de la Cruz and Michal Kwiatkowski (both Team Sky) make contact with 16km to go.
Heading into the final 10km of the day, the peloton was sitting less than 10 seconds back and it was at this point that Teuns launched himself off the front of the bunch in an attempt to jump across to the two remaining leaders, Juul-Jensen and de la Cruz.
Teuns, who is known for his ability to produce explosive attacks, looked strong but unfortunately the peloton was chasing hard behind and in the end, the race was back together with 3km to go.
Despite a late attack going under the flamme rouge, the stage win came down to a bunch sprint with Jay McCarthy (BORA-Hansgrohe) taking the honors ahead of Alexandr Riabushenko (UAE Team Emirates) and Kwiatkowski.
After testing his legs in the final, Teuns was BMC Racing Team’s first rider across the line finishing at the front of the main bunch inside the top twenty.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“I just wanted to test my legs a little bit today. I knew that in the sprint I could maybe get a tenth place so instead I tried to go deep in the final to see what I could do. In the end, it didn’t bring much but I wanted to give it a shot. I felt good during that effort and moves like this always help to improve my condition which is important for when we get to the Ardennes.”
Sports Director, Valerio Piva:
“We had the plan today to try and go in the breakaway but in the end we missed the right move. It was then clear that some of the other teams wanted to control the race so we decided to wait to try for the final. It was a good move from Dylan Teuns and he looked strong but unfortunately, the bunch was chasing too hard behind. We thought we could maybe try to get Simon Gerrans up there for the sprint but he wasn’t in the best position. Tomorrow is the time trial so we will see what our guys can do there and then the final two stages are really tough. Anything can happen so we will continue to try.”
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco
Stage 3: Bermeo > Valdegovía, 184.8km
Top 3: 1. Jay McCarthy (BORA-Hansgrohe) 2. Alexandr Riabushenko (UAE Team Emirates) 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 19. Dylan Teuns 53. Simon Gerrans 88. Damiano Caruso