Dylan Teuns is hopeful he can retain the leader’s jersey at the Criterium du Dauphine after today’s individual time-trial.The Stage three was won by Bora-Hansgrohe’s Irish rider Sam Bennett following a bunch sprint at the end of the flat 177 km stage to Riom, but Teuns, who won stage two, remains top of the general classification.
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The Bahrain-Merida rider remains three seconds ahead of Frenchman Guillaume Martin going into the time-trial, which will have a huge say regards who goes on to win the race, with Team Ineos star Chris Froome looking to make his move. However, despite a tough day in the saddle on Tuesday, Teuns believes he will go well in the 26.1km hit out around the town of Roanne.
“It wasn’t easy to recover from yesterday’s efforts during today’s stage because of the bad weather,” said Teuns. “It’s a big day tomorrow, also for me to try and keep the jersey. I am in a really good shape so I have to believe in myself. I’ve prepared very well for the Dauphine and what’s coming after.” Froome sits eighth in the general classification, just 24 seconds behind Teuns.