Team Sunweb’s last two standing riders fought strong in a hilly final stage 7 of the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Stage 7 of the Dauphiné saw riders tackle 135.5km from Moutiers – Saint Gervais Mont Blanc, which included five categorised climbs. Despite lots of attacks early on the peloton was still together on the mountain top of Cormet de Roselend, with Team Sunweb riders Mike Teunissen and Phil Bauhaus holding within the pack.
In the final stages of the race the pace was ramped up by the GC contenders heading into a final 7km climb with 7.7% gradient and saw a big split in the field. Both riders rolled safely across the line finishing 97th and 110th.
“If the break would have gone on the flat part, Mike would have tried for it, but that didn’t happen today,” explained Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek after the race. “So from then on it was about survival.
“Both the guys rode well today, with Phil also riding above himself – he probably had his best day today on the Dauphiné. There was good dedication – these guys really wanted to finish the race and did well to get to the end.”