After a fantastic team effort, Tom Dumoulin retains the Maglia Rosa after staying safe inside the pack during stage 13.
With the sprinters team’s hungry to take another result on the Giro d’Italia’s last chance of a fast bunch finish, the days breakaway was given little freedom across the 167 kilometres of the 13th stage. The Maglia Rosa enjoyed another day safe inside the peloton, with team mates around him throughout the stage’s duration keeping the coveted jersey safe. When a crosswind section posed some threat towards the end of the stage, Team Sunweb were in prime position and had already assembled around race leader Tom Dumoulin. The bunch made the catch inside the final 22 kilometres and as the speed of the bunch was ramped up, Team Sunweb and the Maglia Rosa were tucked into safety at the front of the peloton. Once inside the final three kilometres Phil Bauhaus had the chance to focus on the fast finish, and began to weave his way through sprint trains for the finish. Phil finished in 11th place, another brilliant result for the team’s German Grand Tour debutant.
After the stage Phil explained: “It wasn’t easy with the cross winds going into the final. It made things pretty difficult. I was in a good position but then on the last corner I lost it as too many people passed me on the outside. I come out of the ‘sprinters’ stages feeling pretty happy with my results, considering the sprint isn’t my main focus things have gone well.”
After another day in the Maglia Rosa Tom said: “Today was once again a great job from the team. Looking ahead to tomorrow, things will be pretty steady during the day and then it will be full gas onto the last climb. The coming week will be more tricky but we just have to stay calm, stay sharp and hope for the best.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek added: “Although a flat stage, today was really nervous and the team did a great job in keeping Tom safe. We were focused on all of the important sections and looked for opportunities in the crosswinds but nothing worked out. The team are feeling motivated ahead the coming mountain stages, there’s a good vibe with a lot of focus and we are all looking forward to the coming days.”