Tour de Pologne: Tough Final Stage Sees Teuns Miss Out on Podium10. August 2018, Bukovina (POL) — Road Team
Tour de Pologne defending champion Dylan Teuns narrowly missed out on a podium place at the 2018 edition after a tough and rain-soaked final stage saw the Belgian miss out by seven seconds.
Starting the day in second overall, 16 seconds behind race leader and eventual winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Teuns was prepared for a General Classification battle over the 136km stage which featured six categorized climbs and gravel roads.
18 riders managed to form the day’s breakaway, including Danilo Wyss, and went 2’40” in front of the bunch.
The Team Sky-led peloton kept the breakaway close and brought their advantage down to 1’30” with 80km remaining, and although the gap went back out to more than two minutes it came back to 1’30” with 40km to go, at which point Jürgen Roelandts led the BMC Racing Team train at the front of the bunch.
On the second 68km lap, and with two of the six category one climbs remaining, the breakaway started to split which saw Wyss in the second group on the road. Inside the final 20km, Wyss’ chase group was sitting 37 seconds behind the leading group with the peloton a further 23 seconds behind, but the fast pace set by Team Sky saw Wyss’ group brought back with 14km remaining.
Attacks came immediately from the General Classification group, with Teuns responding immediately to stay in Kwiatkowski’s wheel, which saw Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) make a solo move in the final 10km as heavy rain began to fall.
Yates’ managed to establish an advantage of 40 seconds on the yellow jersey group which sent Kwiatkowski’s teammates into defense mode to try and bring the gap back down.
Teuns was in a good position at the 3km to go mark when the road kicked up towards the finish line and responded when attacks started in the final 2km.
In the last 500m, Teuns lost contact and battled to the line 25 seconds behind stage winner Yates, and 12 seconds behind the majority of his General Classification rivals which ultimately saw the Belgian lose his podium spot to finish in fifth place overall.
Quotes from the Finish Line
"It's really disappointing in the end but it's bike racing. Sometimes everything goes well and sometimes things go wrong and you can't do anything about it. I think the team did a fantastic job all week and a big shout out to them for doing everything they could for me. It's disappointing to not be on the podium in the end. I fought yesterday to try to gain some seconds or even go for the win and it didn't work out and I was a little bit tired today and in the end, I just missed the final sprint in my legs. One of the good things is that I haven't raced much over the last month or so and I can only benefit from this race and build my shape from it as we looking ahead to the Vuelta."
Maximilian Sciandri, Sports Director
: "Last year we held onto the leader's jersey in the last 500m of the race and today in the last 500m Dylan lost a little bit of time and that added up to Yates and Pinot putting themselves on the podium. So, we came into the race with the podium as a goal as well as a stage win and unfortunately we finished just off the podium and we didn't get the stage win but we had two good second places with Dylan and the guys worked really well. It's a tough race. You win or lose by seconds and unfortunately, we missed the podium by just a few seconds."
Tour de Pologne
Stage 7 Bukovina > Bukovina (136km)
Top 3: 1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT), 2. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), 3. Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 12. Dylan Teuns, 31. Alessandro De Marchi, 53. Rohan Dennis.
Top 3 on GC: 1. Michal Kwiatkoski (Team Sky), 2. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT), 3. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).
BMC Racing Team top 3 on GC: 5. Dylan Teuns, 45. Alberto Bettiol, 48. Alessandro De Marchi