Team Sunweb rider Mike Teunissen scored a podium finish Wednesday at the Dwars door Vlaanderen, sprinting to second place on his TCR Advanced SL.
Teunissen and the rest the field faced harsh conditions at the Belgian WorldTour race, a 180km midweek semi-classic that has been held annually since 1945. The race saw a flurry of attacks throughout the first hour and a half, but all were chased down until late in the race when the field began to splinter.
“It was cold, with rain all day,” said Teunissen, a former Under-23 cyclocross world champion who also won the U23 Paris-Roubaix race in 2014. “When the final started there was a group of 40 guys left and we still had three guys thanks to the good work of the other guys who kept us in a good position all day. “
Heading into the final 30km, Teunissen, Edward Theuns and Søren Kragh Andersen were in that front group. “When Eddy said he wasn’t feeling super, me and Søren tried to move with the best guys,” said Teunissen.
Teunissen came into the final kilometer in a lead group of five riders, but Belgian Yves Lampaert attacked and was able to hold off the others to take his second straight win at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Teunissen, wearing his Giant Rivet helmet, outsprinted Sep Vanmarcke, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Mads Pedersen to take second place.
“I knew I was feeling good, but I wasn’t completely sure and I gambled a bit too much and should’ve reacted more,” Teunissen said. “But in the end I can be happy with the result and the work of the team today.”