Teuns Maintains GC Position After a Sprint Showdown on Stage 4 in Poland1. August 2017, Zabrze (POL) — Road Team
The spotlight was back on the sprinters on Tour of Poland stage 4 with Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott) taking the day’s honors while Dylan Teuns crossed the line safely to maintain his position on the General Classification.
Covering a distance of 238km, stage 4 was the longest of the race and saw the peloton sit up early to give a six-rider breakaway the freedom to go clear after less than 10km of racing.
The leaders’ advantage continued to rise over the first 100km of the day, with it peaking at around seven minutes before a reaction from behind saw it stabilize at 5’45” as the race reached the halfway point.
However, with another bunch sprint predicted, the chase soon began to heat up, and with 75km to go, the breakaway was being held at around 2’30” before eventually, on the first of three laps of a 6km circuit around Zabre, the gap had fallen to around the one-minute mark.
15km from the finish line, Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors) launched a solo attack off the front of the race and was able to distance himself from the rest of the early breakaway but, a determined chase behind, saw him heading onto the final lap with a lead of just 20 seconds.
The stage was set was another fast finish as the lone leader was swept up with 5km remaining and immediately the battle for position began with the sprinters’ teams looking to guide their leaders into the best position for the moment the sprint was launched with 200m to go.
In the end, it was Caleb Ewan (ORICA -Scott) who was the fastest to the line, taking the stage win ahead of Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) and race leader, Peter Sagan (Bora - hansgrohe).
Floris Gerts and Daniel Oss were in the mix at the front of the bunch as the action began with Gerts going on to cross the line just outside the top ten while Teuns finished line safely in the main bunch to retain second overall on the General Classification, ten seconds behind Sagan.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“It was a really long day on the bike, but in the end, everything went to plan for us. We crossed the line safely, and there were no gaps in the bunch sprint, so overall it was a good day. It was a hot day so, while I could recover a little bit after yesterday, the temperature definitely made it harder. I feel in good shape, but we will still be taking the race day by day to see what we can achieve at the end of the week.”
“It was a hot day, in fact, it was really really hot, and with such a long stage you found that towards the end everybody was feeling really slow and tired. Then, on the last laps, the pace just increased, and we were going really fast which was then a bit of a shock to the body. In the end, it was not too hard a day, and once again I was able to test myself against some of the fastest riders in the peloton. Every opportunity like this is a chance to learn something and become a little bit better.”
Sports Director, Max Sciandri:
“On a stage like today, the main objective for us was to stay safe and have no time gaps at the finish so that all went to plan. We had Floris Gerts on a solo sprint mission, and he was in the mix and improved on his result from stage 2. It was a relatively straightforward stage for us really, and we are still in a good position overall with Dylan Teuns so we will look at the next few days and see what we can do.”
Tour of Poland
Stage 4: Zawiercie > Zabrze, 238km
Top 3: 1. Caleb Ewan (ORICA -Scott) 2. Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) 3. Peter Sagan (Bora - hansgrohe).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 12. Floris Gerts 32. Daniel Oss 58. Dylan Teuns
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