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Teunissen sprints to fifth place in nineteenth stage Vuelta a España

Teunissen sprints to fifth place in nineteenth stage Vuelta a España

Mike Teunissen has sprinted to fifth place in the nineteenth stage of the Vuelta a España. After a controlled day in the peloton, the pace picked up in the last kilometres and the sprinters were allowed to battle for the stage victory.

“I had to survive the two climbs, but it went remarkably well. I had a good opportunity as several sprinters had already been released. The men brought me forward well, but I was just too much in jeopardy”, Teunissen said.

The rider exited the last turn smoothly but lost his position. “In the end, I had to sprint to move forward. Then you know it’s going to be difficult. I needed some luck with positioning and it went quite well.”

"The men brought me forward well, but I was just too much in jeopardy"

Mike Teunissen

Tomorrow is the last mountain stage of this grand tour. “I need to survive that as well”, Teunissen says. “Since Primoz left the race, we have been trying to make the best of it. That’s going very well. We will come up with another plan for tomorrow’s ride.”

"I had to survive, but things are improving"

Mike Teunissen

For Teunissen, this Vuelta is a rollercoaster. The Dutchman rode in the red leader’s jersey in his own country but also suffered some setbacks. “I got sick and crashed. It was very tough. But things are improving and I will get through it.”

La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 19

Result
Rankings
1
Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo 03:19:11
2
Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious +00:00:00
3
Gianni Vermeersch
Alpecin-Deceuninck +00:00:00
5
Mike Teunissen
Jumbo-Visma +00:00:00
12
Chris Harper
Jumbo-Visma +00:00:00
20
Sam Oomen
Jumbo-Visma +00:00:00
59
Robert Gesink
Jumbo-Visma +00:00:24
61
Rohan Dennis
Jumbo-Visma +00:00:32

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