Arctic Race of Norway - Dylan Teuns: I will work hard to defend the leader's jersey
Aug 10 2017 09:25 pm CET

Arctic Race of Norway - Dylan Teuns: I will work hard to defend the leader's jersey
Arctic Race of Norway - Dylan Teuns: I will work hard to defend the leader's jersey
Photo of Dylan Teuns ©Tim De Waele/TDWsport.com

BMC's Dylan Teuns continues his winning strike in the Arctic Race of Norway. The rider took the victory in the first stage and the lead in the General Classification.

The Belgian knew the route of the day well and was prepared for it. "It was a bit of a surprise, but I knew that it wasn't going to come down to a big bunch sprint," said the rider at the end of the stage.

"I was here in 2015 when it was the final stage and Silvan Dillier won. This year it was only one lap and two years ago it was three or four laps, so it was much harder, but from that, I knew that I had a chance and that it wouldn't come down to the sprint."

Getting close to the end, Teuns put some tactics to work. "In the last 5km, I followed the good riders in front, but I didn't do any of the work, and I waited for the right moment on the final climb," he explained.

"I wasn't in the front at the beginning of the climb, I was maybe in a top ten position, but I moved to the front and then, I started my attack in the last few meters before the climb. I took the right corner and I saw I had a gap, so I just kept going until the finish line."

Every second counts in a four-stage race, but the rider doesn't think too far ahead. "It's too early to think about the win as there are still three more days of racing to come, but I will work hard to defend the leader's jersey, and we will see what happens."




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