Tour de France - Dylan Teuns: I didn't expect this, not today
Jul 12 2019 12:42 am CET

Tour de France - Dylan Teuns: I didn't expect this, not today
Tour de France - Dylan Teuns: I didn't expect this, not today
Bahrain-Merida © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) has taken his first victory in the Tour de France. The 27-year-old won on the sixth stage of the race in the mountain final of La Planche des Belles Filles.

The Belgian is riding the French grand tour for the first time and he took a victory already on the sixth day of racing. He, along Trek-Segafredo's Giulio Ciccone, arrived to the last kilometre together in front and Teuns showed to have the better legs at the gravel section of the last metres.

"It's unbelievable," said the rider after the finish line. "I knew in the Dauphine that my form was good, in the meantime, I worked a little bit, not too much because there was also not a lot of time.

"To win already this week is incredible. I didn't expect this, not today. I knew there was a chance and when the chance came I took it, first on the breakaway and then on the final."

Teuns was part of the breakaway of the day with 13 other riders, but at the penultimate climb, he was left alone with other 3 companions, including Giulio Ciccone. "In the second to last climb, I think the four strongest riders survived in the breakaway but I was already thinking before that these four guys could come together, maybe one or two more," he explained.

"And then I knew Ciccone was going to be the main man in the final. I'm so happy I finished it off."

After the finish, the rider had a moment to realise the importance of this victory, the first in a grand tour of his career. "When I saw my mum, my dad and my girlfriend when I came here it was pretty emotional."




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