Teunissen ninth in penultimate stage Tour of Norway
Mike Teunissen has finished ninth in the fifth stage of the Tour of Norway. It is the Dutchman's fourth top ten place in the Norwegian stage race.
A large breakaway was able to get away soon after the start but was caught fifteen kilometres from the finish. Team Jumbo-Visma was represented in that group by first-year pro Michel Hessmann, who also showed his attacking skills the day before yesterday. In the final, Teunissen had to let go of the better climbers. The Dutchman won the sprint of the chasing group and as a result, he obtained his fourth top ten ranking in five days.
Sports director Arthur van Dongen spoke of a challenging stage. "There was a lot of headwind today and the stage had quite a few altitude metres. We were well represented in the breakaway with Michel, although it would have been even better if we had one more rider. Almost everything came together in the final. As expected, it exploded on the final climb. Unfortunately, we just missed the connection with the group of eight that could fight for the victory."
Van Dongen also looked ahead to tomorrow's final stage. "It's a stage where the wind might play an important role again. The final will be tough, but it could be another sprint of a depleted peloton. We will see how David and Mike get through the final. We were here to get the rhythm, so it's good to see the guys are getting better every day. We want to finish the race with a good feeling."