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by Shane Stokes
August 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Poels wins final stage of Tour of Poland, Teuns takes overall victory; Barbero sprints to victory on stage 4 of Vuelta a Burgos; Wiebes and Gazzoli become junior European champions, Matthiessen completes U23 double; Hansen not selected for Vuelta a España, Grand Tour record streak ends at 18; Adam Hansen’s fear of flying; Gaviria and Richeze continue with Quick-Step Floors; Roelandts moves to BMC Racing Team to help Van Avermaet; Jongewaard favourite for Australian men’s cyclocross title, women’s race wide open; Jones inks contract with Delko – Marseille Provence – KTM team; Video: Team Sunweb’s Chad Haga shows off piano skills; Video: Copenhagen shows way to safe cycling; Video: Brian Cookson at the Tour of Poland; Video: Katie Compton helps out with Trek phone support, with mixed results; Video: European championship competitor brought down by spectator
Team Sky’s Wout Poels was first to the line at the end of a very aggressive final stage of the Tour of Poland, but Dylan Teuns was the day’s big winner. The BMC Racing Team rider fought back after being distanced during the stage, winning the race overall by two seconds over Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe).
In the finale Majka and Poels pushed ahead, but Teuns was there and contained all attacks. A chasing group was able to get up to him, but Poels had enough left to win the sprint. Teuns finished fifth on the stage and sealed what is his fifth win since July 24.
“I showed already some good results in the last two years at hard races but I never had these results,” he said. “This year in Wallonie I was really confident in myself and then two days before Poland, you hear you can be leader together with Samuel Sanchez, then you know the team believes in you also. I started to believe more and more in myself. And now one success follows another success. I have made the step to become the winner I was in the U23.”
Early on Majka’s teammate Peter Sagan attacked and his aggression helped drag a dozen others clear. Present were Robert Power and Rubén Plaza (Orica-Scott), Rory Sutherland and Dayer Quintana (Movistar), Petr Vakoc (Quick-Step Floors), Diego Rosa (Sky), Daan Olivier (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin), Domen Novak (Bahrain-Merida), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Drapac), Niko Denz (AG2R La Mondiale) and Pawe? Cieslik (Poland).
Sagan pushed ahead again inside the final 35 kilometres. Behind, Teuns came under pressure and was dropped for a while, but van Garderen helped him back up. Sagan was recaptured, went again with five kilometres to go, but was then hauled back. Majka then tried to make his move and win the race overall, but couldn’t shake off Teuns.