Teunissen: "The plan went to hell with Groenewegen KO"

The Jumbo rider got his first win in a big one and broke 30 years of drought for the Netherlands by not wearing the yellow jersey.


Mike Teunissen (Ysselsteyn, 26 years old) produces cyclocross, discipline in which he was proclaimed world champion U23 in 2013. It is a product typical of the Dutch quarry of Rabobank, with which he was trained in its development structures until reaching the first team in 2015, already called Lotto-Jumbo. In 2017 and 2018 he competed for the Sunweb, but he returned home in the season, in which he has exploited: five victories, including the Four Days of Dunkirk (and two partials), the Ster ZLM Toer and the inaugural stage in the Tour , his first triumph in a big.

A success that led to the yellow, imposed by Eddy Merckx: "I could not believe I was up there on the podium with the greatest rider in history. And on top of that he gave me the Tour leader's jersey! I lived an indescribable situation. " Especially when it comes to one of the pitchers of Dylan Groenewegen, dropped 2.5 km from the finish line: "Obviously the plans went to hell with Dylan KO, but I felt cool, I endured Sagan's wheel and reversed a difficult situation for Jumbo and me. " His first position ended with 30 years of drought for the Netherlands: since Erik Breukink wrote down the prologue of 1989, no compatriot achieved the leadership of the French race.



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