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Teuns’ stage 2 win secures Dauphine poll

Bahrain-Merida’s Dylan Teuns took the Criterium du Dauphine overall lead after beating France’s Guillaume Martin in a tense sprint finish to Monday’s second stage.

Belgian Teuns and Wanty-Gobert’s Martin of France ended 13 seconds ahead of the peloton despite a late attempt to rein them in by the chasing pack which included Britain’s Chris Froome, who is looking for a record fourth win in the eight-stage race.

Teuns, 27, claimed the yellow jersey from Edvald Boasson Hagen who won Sunday’s opening stage but came in 1 minute, 48 seconds behind on the second. “At the end of the race it went really well with Guillaume Martin. I have to thank him. We held out well,” Teuns said. “I’ve been waiting for this win for a year and a half. I’ve finished second or third a lot. I’m proud to wear this yellow jersey. I have a chance because it seems a little easier. On the time-trial (today) I’ll give everything to keep it.”

Four-time Tour de France winner Froome is preparing for this year’s Grand Boucle and forms a part of a six-man group 24 seconds behind Teuns.


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