Arctic Race of Norway: Dylan Teuns wins stage and leads GC
Aug 10 2017 06:02 pm CET

Arctic Race of Norway: Dylan Teuns wins stage and leads GC
Arctic Race of Norway: Dylan Teuns wins stage and leads GC
Photo of Dylan Teuns ©Tim De Waele/TDWsport.com

Dylan Teuns (BMC) has won the first stage of the Arctic Race of Norway. The rider continues his good form and took a solo victory after an attack in the last metres.

The first stage of the Norwegian race was 156.5 kilometres long between the city of Engenes, on the island of Andørja, and Narvik. The profile of the day featured two climbs of the first category and one of the second.

It was a rainy day that started with an escape of around 15 riders, four of which survived longer. Bernhard Eisel (Dimension Data), Jon Soeveras Breivold (Team FixIT.no), Daniel Diaz (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), and Oivind Lukkedahl (Team Coop) went ahead and got a gap of more than four minutes with the peloton.

The breakaway was first caught by a chase group but they too were reeled in with 13 kilometers left. During the last climb there were some attempts to attack but all were neutralised by the bunch.

During the last kilometres, teammates of European Champion Alexander Kristoff suffered punctures and near-crashes, leaving him to face the end of the stage by himself. BMC's Dylan Teuns attacked in the last metres and the effort was strong enough to allow him to take the stage victory on his own.

The Belgian, who had already won three stages and two stage races in the last few weeks, also takes the lead in the General Classification standings.




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