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– What happened? –
Belgium’s Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) has claimed his first ever UCI WorldTour victory by winning the Tour de Pologne, narrowly outstripping local favourite Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) by two seconds and Wout Poels (Team Sky) by three seconds.
The winner of an early summit finish in the seven-day race, Teuns finally took the lead on stage six. But despite almost cracking on the final stage to Bukowina Tatrzanska, Teuns hung on to claim a breakthrough win in the 25-year-old’s career.
Following the Tour de Pologne, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) continues to lead in the UCI WorldTour ranking with 2,728 points and Quick-Step Floors the teams ranking.
As of July 31st, Greg Van Avermaet also continues to lead the UCI World Rankings, with 4,977.25 points, ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) with 3,896 points. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) has moved up to third overall, with 3,275 points and Chris Froome (Team Sky) is now in fourth, with 3,066 points.
Norway’s Alexander Kristoff has taken a second major win this summer, capturing the European road race title in Herning, Denmark, after his victory in last weekend’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. Italian Elia Viviani was second in a tight bunch sprint finish, with Moreno Hofland of the Netherlands a little further back in third.
– What’s next? –
Eneco Tour > Monday August 7th – Sunday August 13th
– Focus on Lilian Calmejane –
Lilian Calmejane is a French second year pro who has already taken stage wins in two Grand Tours, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, both alone on summit finishes. This summer’s victory in France in Les Rousses was the more dramatic, with Calmejane visibly suffering from cramps in the final kilometer en route to his win.
A former business student from Albi in southern France who joined Direct Energie via the U-23 Vendée U feeder team, Calmejane said earlier this year he’s focussing more on week-long stage races, with wins this season in the Etoile de Bessèges, the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali and the Circuit de la Sarthe. But in the Grand Tours, he’s quickly making a name for himself as well.
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