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Teunissen saves the day in windy first stage Benelux Tour

Teunissen saves the day in windy first stage Benelux Tour

Mike Teunissen has saved the day for Team Jumbo-Visma in the first stage of the Benelux Tour. In the stage through Friesland, Teunissen was the only rider of the team who was part of the first peloton in the echelons. In Dokkum he sprinted to ninth place. The Dutchman is fourth in the overall standings after collecting bonification seconds in the ‘golden kilometre’.

In the stage through the Dutch polder, the pace was high from the start. Due to the wind, the peloton broke into several groups a little over half way.

In the final, Teunissen tried to break away with four others but did not get away. The second peloton, including Tom Dumoulin and Dylan Groenewegen, finished the stage just under a minute behind the first group.

“Obviously it’s far from good that I was the only rider of the team in the first group”, Teunissen said. “Of course you can’t be with everyone in the front, but this is not what we came for. Speaking for myself, I was in a good position all day and I didn’t get surprised once. The peloton had split a few times before, so you knew it could happen anywhere. After that we mainly had tailwind. The pace was very high and didn’t drop anymore. It was a struggle to stay in the front all by myself. I’m not really satisfied with my sprint, but it was difficult to position myself without teammates. It’s a nice bonus that I gained some boni seconds. I hope to do a good time trial tomorrow. After that we’ll see day by day if it is possible to do a good GC.”

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