After a technical and fast run in to the finish, Team Sunweb’s Phil Bauhaus managed to safely navigate his way across the line to take 10th place.
The third stage of the BinckBank Tour headed over the border into Belgium for a 185 kilometre stage through to Ardooie. Five riders formed the day’s breakaway, taking a lead in the first parts of the race. Whilst the quintet picked up the pace to extend their lead up to three minutes, Team Sunweb sat comfortably inside the peloton preparing for the fast dash to the line.
With 50 kilometres to go the race became a game of cat and mouse between the peloton and the breakaway, as the bunch had them within reach twice before they were eventually caught with two kilometres to go.
As soon as the catch was made team’s took to the front of the peloton looking to give their sprinter the best chance of victory. Mike Teunissen and Søren Kragh Andersen brought Phil Bauhaus up to the front of the bunch positioning him perfectly for the sprint. The last 1200 metres were extremely technical, full of twists and turns and a crash on one of the corners reduced the front group down to around 20 riders who would duke it out in the sprint. One rider took the opportunity to launch an attack to take a slight lead in the last kilometre but his move was quickly brought back. Phil opened out his sprint to take 10th place on the stage.
After the stage Phil said: “It was a really hectic stage today and the finish was really technical. We lost each other a little bit in the finale and couldn’t find each other. I started my sprint too early and could only take 10th place.”
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers said: “There was a lot of wind today which meant that the guys needed to be sharp all day. Things stayed together and the break was brought back in time for the sprint. The team brought Phil up to the front but it was a really hectic finish and the team lost each other in the final kilometre and couldn’t find each other again.”