Teuns wins stage 2 and takes lead at Dauphiné: Daily News Digest

by Dane Cash


Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today:

Dylan Teuns take the Critérium du Dauphiné lead with a victory on stage 2, Jolien D’Hoore wins the opening stage of the Women’s Tour, Wout van Aert is headed to the Tour de France. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.


Story of the Day: Teuns wins stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné

Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) took over the race lead at the Critérium du Dauphiné with a victory on stage 2.

The Belgian outkicked Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert) at the line after the pair had jumped clear late in the race. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) finished third on the day 13 seconds later, at the head of a select group that also included Chris Froome (Ineos), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

“[Martin] was a good companion in the break. We were both the strongest on the steep climb and I was lucky I had him to help gain the advantage,” Teuns said. “Then it was a man-on-man sprint and I’m super happy that I could finish it off.”

The up-and-down stage from Mauriac to Craponne-sur-Arzon saw a star-studded breakaway form in the early goings, with names like Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), and Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos) among the attackers. Kwiatkowski dropped back to the peloton before long, but the rest of the group pressed onward, growing the gap up near two minutes over a collection of early climbs.

That advantage started to come down near the midway point of the 180-kilometer stage, with the peloton deciding to commit to the chase and the breakaway group beginning to split up. Dumoulin joined a handful of escapees leaving the rest of the group behind to form a new lead group.

The catch was finally made with around 35 kilometers to go, only to see a flurry of new attacks that established a new escape, with Teuns and Martin in the mix.

A short but steep final climb whittled away at both the lead group and the peloton – dropping overnight leader Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) – and served as a springboard for the decisive move by Teuns and Martin. In the peloton, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) spurred an attack that dropped some big names, like Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale).

Up front, Teuns and Martin stayed clear even as the rest of the escapees were caught, and then Teuns bested Martin in the final sprint to take the stage 2 win and the overall lead.

Dylan Teuns takes on Guillaume Martin in the finale of stage 2 at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Photo: VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2019

The Critérium du Dauphiné continues Tuesday with a sprinter-friendly stage 3, 177 kilometers from Le Puy-en-Velay to Riom.

Stage 2 results

1 TEUNS Dylan (Bahrain Merida)
2 MARTIN Guillaume (Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team)
3 FUGLSANG Jakob (Astana Pro Team)
4 PINOT Thibaut (Groupama – FDJ)
5 WOODS Michael (EF Education First)
6 LUTSENKO Alexey (Astana Pro Team)
7 VAKOC Petr (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
8 QUINTANA Nairo (Movistar Team)
9 POELS Wout (Team INEOS)
10 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott)

GC

1 TEUNS Dylan (Bahrain Merida)
2 MARTIN Guillaume (Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team)
3 FUGLSANG Jakob (Astana Pro Team)
4 LUTSENKO Alexey (Astana Pro Team)
5 QUINTANA Nairo (Movistar Team)
6 WOODS Michael (EF Education First)
7 POELS Wout (Team INEOS)
8 FROOME Chris (Team INEOS)
9 PINOT Thibaut (Groupama – FDJ)
10 YATES Adam (Mitchelton-Scott)


Socially Speaking

Well put, Elia Viviani …

https://www.instagram.com/p/ByhTfM8CYe_/

… but hey, it could be worse. Just ask anyone who rode through the pouring rain in the first stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour (more on the race in a moment, by the way).


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D’Hoore wins Women’s Tour opener

Jolien D’Hoore (Boels Dolmans) won the rain-soaked opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, proving fastest in a sprint finale. The Belgian crossed the line ahead of Boels Dolmans teammate Amy Pieters and Lisa Brennauer of WNT-Rotor to take the stage 1 victory and the first race lead.

Jolien D’Hoore wins stage 1 at the Women’s Tour. Photo: Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2019

With only two small categorized climbs on the parcours, the 157.6-kilometer stage from Beccles to Stowmarket had the sprinters’ teams eyeing a bunch kick from the start, and that’s exactly how things played out in the end. It was only inside the last 30 kilometers that a breakaway – composed of a single rider – managed to open a significant gap. Lone attacker Abby-Mae Parkinson (Drops) made it to the final two kilometers before she was caught, setting up a sprint.

D’Hoore took a convincing stage 1 victory in the final kick.

The Women’s Tour rolls on with Tuesday’s 62.5-kilometer circuit race at the Cyclopark Gravesend.

Stage 1 results

1 D’HOORE Jolien (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
2 PIETERS Amy (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
3 BRENNAUER Lisa (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling)
4 FOURNIER Roxane (Movistar Team)
5 VOS Marianne (CCC – Liv)
6 HOSKING Chloe (Alé Cipollini)
7 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia (Valcar Cylance Cycling)
8 GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla (Movistar Team)
9 LETH Julie (Bigla Pro Cycling)
10 ROY Sarah (Mitchelton-Scott)

GC

1 D’HOORE Jolien (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
2 PIETERS Amy (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team)
3 BRENNAUER Lisa (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling)
4 GUTIÉRREZ Sheyla (Movistar Team)
5 VOS Marianne (CCC – Liv)
6 RIVERA Coryn (Team Sunweb)
7 FOURNIER Roxane (Movistar Team)
8 HOSKING Chloe (Alé Cipollini)
9 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia (Valcar Cylance Cycling)
10 LETH Julie (Bigla Pro Cycling)

Van Aert to make his Tour debut, no Tour for Roglic

Jumbo-Visma has announced its lineup for the upcoming Tour de France, with Wout van Aert among the eight riders set to take the start in Brussels. Notably absent is Primoz Roglic, who just finished third at the Giro d’Italia.

The team will focus on the GC aspirations of Steven Kruijswijk and the sprint chances of Dylan Groenewegen. Van Aert, whose Tour de France debut will also be his Grand Tour debut, will be a member of the supporting cast alongside George Bennett, Mike Teunissen, Amund Jansen, Tony Martin, and Laurens De Plus.

“Wout is ready for this next step,” said sports director Merijn Zeeman in the team statement.

“He makes our team even stronger. He hasn’t had a lot of race days and Wout has prepared himself in an ideal way. After the Tour, he will ride the Prudential Ride London and after that, his cyclocross season starts.”

Roglic, who finished fourth at the Tour last year, will skip the race. His summer plans were up in the air following the Giro d’Italia, his main objective for 2019, but rider and team have apparently opted against back-to-back Grand Tour appearances for the Slovenian all-rounder.

Brammeier announces retirement

The versatile Nikki Brammeier, 32, has announced her retirement from cycling after also announcing that she and retired pro Matt Brammeier are expecting their first child.

“To begin with, I really wanted to take a year out and challenge myself to come back to race again. However, with a lot of thinking time and reflecting on my last 15 years I decided it was time for a new chapter,” she wrote on her blog.

“For me, our first baby is something I want to fully enjoy and embrace, I don’t want to sacrifice that time, and I know to be one of the best cyclists in the world you need to fully commit and do it with your whole heart, it’s too hard not to.”

You can read the full post here.

Brammeier’s lengthy career saw her score a range of road, cyclocross, mountain bike, and track results, with numerous British national titles and a ‘cross World Cup win on her palmares.

https://twitter.com/NikkiBrammeier/status/1137771911839199233


Happy birthday to…

Andy Schleck is 34. The Luxembourgish climber enjoyed an impressive early career and he counts one Tour de France victory on his career palmares (after Alberto Contador was stripped of the 2010 title). Schleck retired in 2014 following a few seasons marred by crashes and injuries.

Andy Schleck wins stage 8 of the 2010 Tour de France. Photo: Wessel van Keuk/Cor Vos ©2010

Jonathan Vaughters is also celebrating a birthday. Happy 46th! As a racer, Vaughters’s list of achievements included two stage victories at the Critérium du Dauphiné and numerous wins on home soil at races like the Tour of the Gila and the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Since retiring from competition, he has led the Slipstream Sports organization, which now races as EF Education First.


Feature Image: Dylan Teuns wins stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Photo: VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2019

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