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Dylan Teuns sprints to 6th at Liège-Bastogne-Liège

The final of the Ardennes Classics didn’t have the dream ending Bahrain Victorious hoped for with a back to back victory after Teuns win at Flèche. In the end it came down to a bunch sprint for second and Dylan managed to cross the line in sixth.

The oldest Monument on the calendar was also the hardest to face. Bahrain Victorious was at the start with a super strong lineup: including the Slovenian Champion Matej Mohorič, the former race winner Wout Poels, a brilliant Mikel Landa on his road to the Giro, Damiano Caruso coming out from Giro di Sicilia as GC and stages winner, the experienced Spanish rider Luis Leon Sanchez, and a back in form Jack Haig, who was also one of the possible contenders of this tough race. All in all, one of the strongest teams on the paper this morning at the start of La Doyenne.

Liege – Bastogne – Liege 2022 – 108th Edition – Liege – Liege 257,2 km – 24/04/2022 – Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Gregory Van Gansen/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

And that’s what the team proved to be, riding an aggressive race and pulling in front of the peloton to bridge the gap to the day’s breakaway. Multiples attacks from Landa and accelerations from Poels aimed to make the race as difficult as possible. The plan worked well but was not enough to prevent and stop the winning move of Remco Evenepoel(Quick-Step), who went on the legendary Redoute climb, and nobody was able to follow him. He bridged the gap to the race leader and managed to solo to victory in Liège.

Liege – Bastogne – Liege 2022 – 108th Edition – Liege – Liege 257,2 km – 24/04/2022 – Mikel Landa (ESP – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Behind him, Bahrain Victorious tried to arrange the chase, but without success. “Everybody of us was committed to working, except our leader Teuns and Haig”, Matej Mohorič explained. “I was not on a great day; therefore, I just worked for the team, and on the last ascent, I finished my job”.

Bahrain Victorious leader Dylan Teuns went hard on the Roche-aux-Faucons, where the race was usually decided in the past. But it was not enough to make the difference and take advantage of the rivals for the sprint for the remaining steps of the podium, finishing in 6th place in Liège.

“I can’t say to be happy with the result, as I was looking for the victory today,” says the Belgian rider. “We showed a strong team performance. This finale is always a little bit technical, without a climb. I tried several times on the last climb, and I got it away a bit, but they came back in the end, and there was no super collaboration. We tried to organize the chase to Remco Evenepoel without success, and the gap remained the same. I did the sprint, finishing 5th. It could be better, but it is what it is.”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya: Ben O’Connor 6th overall

Ben O’Connor: « Confirmation that I can ride with the best »

« I am very happy with my week. In addition to my stage victory, it’s confirmation that I can compete with the best overall in a UCI WorldTour race.
To have worn the leader’s jersey for one day was a great experience for me and the team. The guys were top notch. For my part, I’ll remember that it will be necessary to be calmer next time.
Of course, I was sad to have lost the jersey after the one stage, but I have no regrets. We did our best every day and this is the best place we could get.
I now turn to the Tour de Romandie. After having had to abandon Paris-Nice, I want to get a great result in Romandie as well as the ones to follow. I am hungry for more. »Ben

The number

7

Clément Venturini finished 7th in La Roue Tourangelle Centre Val de Loire.
Marc Sarreau, ill and out of the race, remains the leader in the individual classification of the Coupe de France.

The news:

Gent-Wevelgem: Greg Van Avermaet 17th

Greg Van Avermaet finished 17th in Gent-Wevelgem.
“It was a tactical race. I’m happy to have played a role in the front today. I only needed ten more meters to make it into the group that ultimately went for the win. There is a small hint of disappointment but that’s how it is sometimes. There are two races left next week to get a great result during these Flanders classics,” said Greg Van Avermaet.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com