Tour de Pologne: Teuns Shows Consistency with Top Five Finish9. August 2018, Buvokvina Resort (POL) — Road Team
Dylan Teuns continued his run of solid results at the Tour de Pologne with fifth place on a tough and hilly stage six to consolidate his second place overall with one stage remaining.
It took almost one hour of racing for a breakaway to form, at which point nine riders managed to go clear of the bunch, where all six of BMC Racing Team’s riders remained.
After 30km, the riders started the first of four laps of a hilly 24km circuit featuring a category one, two, and three climb, with the peloton, led by race leader Michal Kwiatkowski’s Team Sky, keeping the breakaway’s advantage to less than two minutes.
The difficult of the climbs began to take their toll splitting the breakaway inside the final 50km and reducing the breakaway’s advantage to inside one minute.
Rohan Dennis took to the front, with Teuns in his wheel, and set a blistering pace to catch the breakaway with 26km to go and continued to pull hard at the front of the group for the next 10km, before Alberto Bettiol took over.
Teuns remained well-positioned as attacks began on the final climb and launched one of his own to catch a solo move from George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) inside the final 2km. It was a select group left to battle for the stage win which saw Teuns sprint to fifth place behind stage winner Georg Preidler (Groupama-FDJ), his third consecutive top five finish.
Ahead of the final stage, Teuns sits in second on the General Classification, 16 seconds behind race leader Michael Kwiatkowski.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was quite a hard stage but in the end, there were not really many differences between the GC guys at the finish line. I expected a bit more. There is still one more day to come and it will be another fight tomorrow so I’m looking forward to that. Today, I did everything I could to take some time but it didn’t work out. The guys did a really amazing job to put a bit of pressure on Team Sky and tomorrow they will have a hard day again.”
“I’ve been feeling better every day. The first day I was a little bit stale at the start but the last few days I have been getting better and better. I feel really strong, especially on the climbs so I guess the hard work in training, and it’s been a long training block, is paying off.”
Tour de Pologne
Stage 6 Zakopane > Bukovina Resort (129km) Top 3: 1. Georg Prediger (Groupama-FDJ), 2. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hangrohe), 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 5. Dylan Teuns, 35. Alberto Bettiol, 54. Danilo Wyss