Team Sunweb rolled across the line in the second peloton at the second road stage of the Dauphine, as the race exploded in the final kilometres.
The second stage of the Dauphine got underway today, with a 181 kilometre route from Montbrison to Belleville set to be one for the fast finishers. As soon as the flag dropped four riders went on the attack and were immediately granted freedom by the peloton as their gap opened up to six minutes.
After the Côte de Crie, the high speed in the peloton saw lots of riders distanced, with Team Sunweb caught out behind the split. As the main bunch continued their chase to the breakaway to contest the stage honours, Team Sunweb rolled across the line in the second peloton with Mike Teunissen and Roy Curvers first home for the team on stage two.
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “We focused on Phil but pretty early in the stage he signalled that he did not feel good. Then we focused on Mike. The climbs in the final made it really hard and Mike had to let the first group go as our last rider. Because of the race situation, the pace never slowed and Mike did not make it back. Several guys on the team are suffering from sickness and we hope we can get everybody fit again.”