DYlan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) seized the Vuelta leader's jersey at the end of the sixth stage he finished in second place behind Spaniard Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) on Thursday in Ares del Maestrat. "I wanted the stage, I had the red jersey," summed Teuns at the microphone of Eurosport after the race.
Teuns was famous at the Tour de France by winning the stage towards the Planche des Belles Daughters. Here he is again on the front of the stage in a Grand Tour. "A victory is a greater emotion, but of course I am very happy with the jersey," said the Belgian rider. "I wanted the stage, I had the red jersey. At the Tour de France, I was already very close to the yellow jersey. This is the first time I'm leader on a Grand Tour. It was a goal, "added Teuns, who also donned the yellow tunic at Critérium du Dauphiné after winning the second leg.
Teuns slipped into the long break of the day, composed of eleven riders, part after forty kilometers. He escaped with Herrada 3 km from the finish. "Initially, I left with the idea of winning the stage. There were other strong and intelligent runners in the group. Herrada was very strong. I did not have legs to sprint anymore. "
Friday, the road will continue to climb between Onda and the summit of Mas de la Costa, an ascent of 4.1 km to 12.3%. "I like this type of step. It will be a very difficult climb. I saw yesterday that the riders who aim for the general are strong. I will try to enjoy this jersey and keep it. "