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Summary - Stage 4 - Arctic Race of Norway 2017

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Stage summary13.08.2017

Dylan Teuns crowns it on his own

Prime Minister Erna Solberg attended the conclusive stage of the fifth Arctic Race of Norway as well as thousands of fans who welcomed a worthy winner as Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) defended his lead by attacking in the finale to claim the last stage and GC, making it eighth victories in three weeks! In a brilliant manner, the young Belgian put his name after Thor Hushovd, Steven Kruijswijk, Rein Taaramäe and Gianni Moscon on the record books of the northernmost international bike race...

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“On the first day, it was just an enjoyment to make a breakaway. On stage 2, it didn't have the legs for it. On stage 3, I was desperate to go away from the bunch. Today, I just attacked from the start and they let us go. But at some stage, I told Dimitri Claeys: ‘I'm holding you off, I can give you a hand but you'd better continue without me'. I'm just super happy to be the King of the Mountains. I never won that title in my career before and I'm 36. Moreover, to win half a ton of...

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“Third of the Arctic Race of Norway is a really big result for me and for the team. It's one the biggest races we take part in before La Vuelta, so I'm very happy with this final podium place. I was already standing third before the last stage started and I was hoping to keep this position. Alexander Kristoff was behind me, only two seconds behind, so I didn't want him to get bonus seconds on the way and at the finish. We moved accordingly. It was perfect that Dylan Teuns rode away and...

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“I was thrilled by my victory yesterday. To keep the second place on GC as well is big for me. It's always fun to race up north because the spectators make the atmosphere great. We've been lucky with the weather this year but the people were still out there cheering even when it was cold or rainy. I was hoping to win the overall but in the last hill when Dylan Teuns attacked, he was simply just stronger. If I had any chance to follow him, I would have done it like glue to his wheel. But...

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 “It's like they sometimes say in soccer: attack is the best defense. That's what I had to do. Had I waited for the sprint, there was the risk that the Norwegian guy [August Jensen] would beat me in the sprint, finish third and takes GC away from me through the time bonuses. I was playing a little bit on the last climb like I did all day. I was waiting for my time to come. The guys at the front didn't have a big advantage. When I saw them just in front of me, the climb was almost over, it...

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