Team Sunweb’s Max Kanter has sprinted to 3rd place at the opening stage of Tour of Denmark today, taking over the lead in the young riders competition.
Team Sunweb lined up at the Tour of Denmark today, with their three stagiaires Nils Eekhoff, Max Kanter and Cees Bol competing with the WorldTour program for the first time this season. The day opened with a four rider breakaway going clear, taking a four minute advantage over the peloton. With a fast finish in mind for their youngsters, Team Sunweb remained tucked in the bunch to bring their sprinters to the line for the final.
The four riders stayed out front until the race reached it’s local laps and the race was declared back together with 17 kilometres to go. Attacks came, but no rider could make a move stick and the race stayed together for a bunch kick to the line. Team Sunweb brought U23 German champion Max Kanter into position for the sprint, where he followed a late attack to the line to take 3rd. His efforts see him take the lead in the young rider competition.
Max said: “A break went quite fast and then the race was controlled throughout. The guys kept me in a good and safe position, so that I could save energy for the final. On the local lap it was really nervous and we needed some time to adapt to each other as this was the first time riding together in this group. As each lap went on things got much better between us and on the last lap the guys positioned me well before the short, punchy climb and afterwards I still had Nils to position me. The winner made a strong move 1.5 kilometres before the finish and made it to the line. I got second in the sprint and third overall. I think we can already show today that there is a lot of potential in our group between the experienced guys and the young stagiaires.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “Tour of Denmark, stage one was a long 218 kilometre stage. In the end it came down to a sprint on a semi-hard local lap. Max Kanter finished 3rd and by that is also in white jersey, which is a good start for us here in Denmark. We can find improvements directly and we look forward to implementing those into tomorrow’s stage.”