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Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Theuns wins stage four of the BinckBank Tour; Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway; Bouhanni wins stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain; Valente wins first stage of Inaugural Colorado Classic; Bound for Vuelta and bowled over by support, Hansen thanks fans; Formolo joins Bora-hansgrohe, team extends contracts of Bennett, Selig and others; Boswell becomes first American to sign for Katusha; Gila stage winner Narvaez joins QuickStep Floors, Serry extends; Greipel frustrated by lack of recent success: ‘I cannot even sprint’; Bay Crits cancelled for 2018; Video: Alberto Contador – The Legend; Video: Meet Rosella Bonfanti, UCI Commissaire – Women’s Cycling; Video: Cyclist gets physical with bike thief

Teuns wins stage one of the Arctic Race of Norway

by Shane Stokes

Continuing what has been a remarkable recent run of form, Dylan Teuns was first to the line on the lumpy opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway. The BMC Racing Team rider beat August Jensen (Team Coop) and Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) plus the rest of the select front group to the line in Narvik, and grabbed the race leader’s jersey in the process.

The success followed on from two stages plus the overall classification in the Tour de Wallonie, and a stage and the overall in the Tour of Poland. “It was a bit of a surprise, but I knew that it wasn’t going to come down to a big bunch sprint,” he said. “I was here in 2015 when it was the final stage and Silvan Dillier won. This year it was only one lap and two years ago it three or four laps, so it was much harder, but from that, I knew that I had a chance.”

He explained how the victory came about. “I waited for the right moment on the final climb. I wasn’t in the front at the beginning of the climb, I was maybe in a top ten position, but I moved to the front and then, I started my attack in the last few meters before the climb. I took the right corner and I saw I had a gap, so I just kept going until the finish line.”

The 156.5 kilometre race from Engenes was marked by multiple attacks, with four riders eventually getting clear on the Lavangseidet Summit, the first of the day’s three official climbs. They had over five minutes with 70 kilometres left, but were caught with 13 kilometres remaining. A group of 35 then pushed forward, with Teuns making his successful move inside the final kilometre and reaching the line two seconds clear.

Stage 1: Engenes (Andørja) > Narvik - Stage Result

Thursday 10th August 2017

1. be
TEUNS Dylan
BMC Racing Team
03:36:14
2. no
JENSEN August
Team Coop
0:02
3. it
PASQUALON Andrea
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
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