BMC Racing‘s Dylan Teuns put an exclamation point on his overall victory at the Arctic Race of Norway in Sunday’s finale in Tromsø, soloing clear in the closing kilometres to nab his second stage win of the race while wrapping up the GC title.
Loïc Chetout (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) pipped Sven Erik Bystrøm (Katusha-Alpecin) at the finish line for second on the day.
Teuns, who took the GC lead on the first stage of the Arctic Race and never relinquished the jersey, only extended his lead on the overall leaderboard with his stage 4 performance. He closed out the event 29 seconds of runner-up August Jensen (Team Coop), with Aqua Blue Sport’s Michel Kreder rounding out the overall podium in third.
“It’s like they say sometimes in soccer attack is the best defence so that’s what I had to do. I could have waited until the sprint, but then there is a chance that the other guy, beats me in the sprint and then maybe he gets third and bonus seconds,” Teuns said. “I was a playing a little bit on the last climb, like I did all day. I was waiting but the guys in front didn’t have a big advantage. When I saw them in front of me I thought the climb is almost over so now is the time to go.
“I didn’t want to go too early, but I went at the right moment and when I looked behind I saw that I had a gap. I just had to go because on the descent they wouldn’t catch me. When I got to one k to go, I looked behind I couldn’t see anyone. I went full gas in the final kilometres to keep the jersey safe.”
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