Max Kanter just missed out on victory on the final stage of the Tour of Denmark, sprinting to second place just half a bike length behind the winner – the young Team Sunweb stagiere’s second podium of the race after his third place on stage 1.
The day wasn’t the most straight forward of sprint stages with a very fast and hard opening hour followed by the day’s early break being caught as the peloton split in crosswinds mid-way through the race. It was not until the final 80km when a break of five finally formed and the bunch settled into a rhythm behind.
The peloton always looked in control from there on, reeling in the final breakaway riders in the closing kilometres, and despite a flurry of late attacks it was all together for a fast finish.
The team brought Max up into position well in the closing kilometres and he gradually pulled up alongside the eventual winner but was unable to get past before the line.
Overall, Max also finished the race 14th overall, with Lennard Kämna just behind in 17th.
After the race, Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “I am very satisfied with the stage we did today, regarding both the process and the result. Even if Max was just a few centimetres from the victory. We obviously learned from the stage two days ago and that’s what it’s all about – a learning process from race to race. And in that perspective it also makes very good sense to combine our programs as we did here in Denmark with our stagiares.”