Dylan Teuns survives late breakaway and wins second stage in Criterium du Dauphine
Jun 11 2019 01:42 am CET

Dylan Teuns survives late breakaway and wins second stage in Criterium du Dauphine
Dylan Teuns survives late breakaway and wins second stage in Criterium du Dauphine
Bahrain-Merida © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Bahrain-Merida's Dylan Teuns has taken the victory of the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine and has climbed to the top of the General Classification.

Another stage on a rolling course awaited the riders on the second day of the French race, as it was 180 kilometres long and included four climbs of the third category and two of the second category. A luxury breakaway was created in the first kilometres of the stage and included riders like Tom Dumoulin, Michal Kwiatkowski, Julian Alaphilippe, Alessandro De Marchi and Jack Haig.

The front group grew smaller as the climbs past until only Dumoulin, Alaphilippe, Emanuel Buchman, Gorka Izagirre and David Gaudu remained, while in the back riders like Stephen Cummings, Philippe Gilbert and Nacer Bouhanni struggled to keep up with the pack. Some kilometres later, the men in front reunited again and the peloton got back together.

The peloton caught the escapees with 35 kilometres to go and almost immediately a new escape was formed, of which only Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) and Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) survived in front until the end. Behind them, a strong group of favourites formed -without Romain Bardet, Richie Porte, Dan Martin and Steven Kruijswijk- but couldn't catch the two leading men.

Teuns showed to be the fastest of the duo while the favourites arrived to the finish line 13 seconds behind. With this victory, the Belgian rider took the lead of the overall classification.






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