Video: Dylan Teuns demolishes Arctic Norway stage, Aqua Blue Sport top 10

Posted on: August 10th, 2017

Dylan Teuns Arctic Race of Norway

Ireland’s Martyn Irvine in action on a wet and very hard stage at the Arctic Race of Norway. The field would split to pieces, with Belgian cyclist Dylan Teuns coming out on top. He put in a fantastic finishing effort.


Dylan Teuns demolishes Arctic Race of Norway


Young Belgian cyclist Dylan Teuns has underlined his class with a powerful stage win at the Arctic Race of Norway.

Aqua Blue Sport was right in the mix at the end of a very difficult stage. Michael Kreder placed 10th for the Irish ProContinental outfit.

It was a strong ride by Kreder on a day when the field split to pieces on the climbs.

A front group of 30 splintered in the final kilometre, with the rest of the riders scattered much further down the road.

The two Irish riders in the race – Aqua Blue Sport’s Matt Brammeier and Martyn Irvine – finished in 109th and 112th respectively.



For Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) it was a case of business as usual; putting in a long and powerful sprint to claim victory.

The 25-year-old has really begun to hit his stride of late. He has just won the Tour of Poland overall, also taking a stage win there.

Just before that victory he won the VOO-Tour de Wallonie (2.HC); taking two stages in the process.

Today’s opening stage in Norway turned very wet. And with a cat 2 climb crested at 63km and a cat 1 at 89km, it was challenging throughout.

The final climb – a cat 1 halfway around the 10.5km finishing circuit – really split what was left of the peloton.

And with a ramp up to the line in Narvik, Teuns took it up early and demolished the finish. He was victorious two seconds clear of a group of 13 riders.


Dylan Teuns Arctic Race of Norway

Dylan Teuns Arctic Race of Norway

Dylan Teuns Arctic Race of Norway


Aqua Blue Sport’s Kreder said he had been hoping for better than 9th on the stage.

“I was hoping to get a bit better, like a top five or a podium place,” he said.

“With just 1km to go I was in fourth or fifth position. But just before we hit the climb the guys from the back swung around me.

“I ended up in 15th position, and then I just came too late at the finish.

“But I’m feeling really good, I have a lot of good power in my legs and I’m happy.”

He added he was looking for a strong general classification position at the Arctic Race of Norway.

“The third stage has a 5km climb. And the last day has some finishing laps with a 2km climb and an 8 per cent average. These suit me so I’ll definitely be giving it a go.”


Stage 1: Engenes (Andørja) – Narvik (156.5km)

1 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 3:36:14
2 August Jensen (Nor) Team Coop 0:00:02
3 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
4 Olivier Pardini (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
5 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Joker Icopal
6 Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Joker Icopal
7 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
8 Lietaer Eliot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
9 Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
10 Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie
73 Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport 0:03:04
82 Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport 0:05:01
109 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport 0:08:52
112 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport 0:16:32