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TEUNS TURNS ON THE GAS AGAIN FOR HIS SECOND UPHILL VICTORY IN A WEEK AT THE TOUR DE ROMANDIE

Team Bahrain Victorious’ ‘King of the Spring’ Dylan Teuns flew up another steep finish and passed Rohan Dennis (TJV) in Romont to take a 14th career win.

Exactly a week ago, Teuns had left Alejandro Valverde for dead at La Fleche Wallone, and while this finale (1.2kms at an average of 7%) wasn’t quite as steep as the Mur de Huy, the Belgian once again proved he is in incredible form, and is almost unbeatable when the road rises to the line.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 1st stage – La Grand Beroche – Romont 178km – 27/04/2022 – Dylan Teuns (BEL – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

As expected on a rolling parcours, a 5-man breakaway had taken an early advantage that stabilised at around 3 & ½ minutes. With the end in mind, the peloton remained calm throughout the day, and Bahrain Victorious were instrumental in ensuring the escapees were caught with 29km to go.

There was a split in the bunch 14km later after a crash which took out several contenders, including race leader Ethan Hayter (IGD). Our riders avoided trouble, and although Remi Cavagna (QST) attacked late on, he was brought back with some sterling work by the team, notably Luis Léon Sanchez, Gino Mäder & Damiano Caruso.

At the foot of the final climb Brandon McNulty (UAE) tried his luck, before Dennis went over the top and looked to have the stage won. But as he’s done so many times before, Teuns picked his moment, and passed the Australian in the closing metres.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 1st stage – La Grand Beroche – Romont 178km – 27/04/2022 – Dylan Teuns (BEL – Bahrain Victorious) – Rohan Dennis (AUS – Team Jumbo – Visma) – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

The team did a great job bringing me in a good position in the last couple of kilometres and I started the climb in perfect position,” said Teuns after the stage. “Timing was very important today and I think my timing was pretty good!”

Despite confidence in his timing, even he wasn’t confident of glory until the very last…

With 200m to go I was still thinking I’d go all out for second, and only in the last 25 metres did I think I could catch Rohan.”

Following victory at La Fleche, Wednesdays are clearly ‘Wins days’ at the moment for Dylan, and opportunity will surely knock again for the team as the race continues…

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

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

DYLAN TEUNS FLIES UP THE MUR LIKE AN ARROW TO WIN LA FLECHE WALLONE

With triumph, pride and exertion etched across his face, Bahrain Victorious’ 30 year old Belgian, Dylan Teuns, spread his arms wide and crossed the line of La Flèche Wallone several bike lengths ahead of the undisputed King of the Mur de Huy, Alejandro Valverde (MOV) & Aleksandr Vlasov (BOH).

It’s unbelievable. It’s a dream that comes true to win today on the Mur in front of my fans, wife and family. It’s a super special one. I always dreamed of a classic victory and today it happens finally.

Bahrain Victorious had shown strength in numbers earlier in the race, forcing a split when crosswinds threatened and continued to do so as more selections were made on the later climbs. First Jack Haig attacked on the Côte de Cherave, then Wout Poels went on the front just after the leaders went over the Mur for the 2nd of 3 times, and finally, Damiano Caruso put himself into the wind at the foot of the Côte d’Ereffe.

La Flche Wallonne 2022 – 86th Edition – Blegny – Mur de Huy 202.1 km – 20/04/2022 – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Peter De Voecht/PN/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

After the final 2 leaders – Soren Kragh Andersen (DSM) & Mauri Vansevenant (QST) – had been caught, Teuns, (3rd here in 2017) found himself in a large group of nearly 20 riders as the famous 800 metres of ‘The Mur’ rose like a wall ahead of them.

Leaving the current Tour de France & world champions in his wake, Teuns wove his way through the group and was left alone with Valverde at the 300 metre mark. Despite all his experience, the 5 time Fleche winner simply couldn’t keep up with the Victorious hero of the day.

Dylan’s victory is the 14th of his career, and the first in a one-day race, although it crowns a super-successful April campaign: top ten finishes in 4 from 5 classics.

The moment I crossed the flame rouge I was really confident. I had something left in the legs and made an extra acceleration and was enough to take the victory. I’m in the shape of my life, I showed that at the Classics. Now I’m heading to Liège with big motivation.”

It takes the tally to 13 wins by Bahrain Victorious riders in 2022, and comes after Matej Mohorič’s ‘monumental’ Milan-Sanremo performance a month ago.

Gorazd Štangelj, Sports Director in Wallone, commended the entire team’s performance on the day:

With the quality of the names on the start list I wouldn’t say we expected this result. We were fighting for a good result and we didn’t want to wait, so we tried some moves on the circuit, and kept Dylan & Wout for the finale. The best riders came to the bottom of the final climb but Dylan had incredible legs, and he showed he has that extra star quality today.

Meanwhile in Italy, Pello Bilbao, Mikel Landa, Santiago Buitrago & Hermann Pernsteiner all finished in the favourites’ group on stage 3 OF THE TOUR OF THE ALPS between Lana & Villabassa, meaning Bilbao retains the green leaders’ jersey, and Buitrago is the joint best young rider.

Stage 4 of 5 on Thursday sees the riders tackle 142.4kms between Villabassa and Kals am Grossglockner, and will see plenty of attacks from our rivals throughout the day, before a 13km climb to the finish line with a maximum gradient of 9.6%.

Game on!

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Top Ten for Teuns at Amstel Gold Race

Dylan Teuns finished in the top ten at the Amstel Gold race after a photo finish decided the winner, with Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos) getting to the line first.

Starting in Maastricht, the riders had 33 climbs on the menu over the 254.1km race. An early break of six riders formed from the off and had a four-minute advantage from the peloton until it was all brought back together with 40km to go.

The pace increased with 35km remaining, and a lead group of 12 riders went clear, including Teuns. With just 20km remaining Kwiatkowski attacked with Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroen Team), and Dylan could not close the gap despite his efforts settling for 10th in the sprint.

Teuns was hoping for more despite a top ten: “It was good to be up there in the final, but in the last passage of the finish line and the two riders escaped, I tried to go across. I came really close but couldn’t bridge the gap. So with that, I’m really disappointed.

I tried to make the maximum out of it, and 10th was the result for the day, but again it’s disappointing as my feeling in the race was very good, and the boys did a really good job all day long.”

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com