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EIJSDEN, Netherlands — Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team) scored his first road win as a pro on Saturday at the Volta Limburg Classic.
Küng proved relentless in the 198km race, chasing to join a lead group with 40km to go, then attacking it 22km from the finish.
“There was a climb and then a headwind before a left turn into a tailwind,” Küng said. “Danilo [Wyss] said to me, ‘Go,’ and then I just went full gas and didn’t look back.”
Bert-Jan Lindeman (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo) and Dimitri Claeys (Verandas Willems Cycling) went with him, but Küng gave them the slip with 16km to race.
He coasted across the line with both arms in the air 27 seconds before Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) edged Dylan Teuns (BMC) for second in the long, slightly uphill sprint to the line.
“Winning solo is always the best way to win,” said Küng, who added that he had been thinking about his runner-up finish behind Bradley Wiggins (Sky) in the final time trial of Driedaagse De Panne.
“In my head, I was thinking about how I did that one for training. Now I had to show that I was good.”
Paterski said he didn’t feel at his best early in the race, but soon “got into the right rhythm.”
“It was a very lively finale, with one move after another,” he said. “We can be satisfied with the second place.”