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.
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.
“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