Team Sunweb’s Mike Teunissen sprinted to 4th place from a reduced bunch at the fifth stage of the Tour of Guangxi today.
Stage 5 of the Tour of Guangxi saw riders contest a 212.2 kilometre mountain stage between Liuzhou and Guilin. Despite multiple attempts, it took 50 kilometres for a trio to be able to form the day’s breakaway. After extending their lead out to six minutes, the three riders were caught on the final climb. The last test of the day saw the peloton blow apart, with only 70 riders forming the first group on the road. Team Sunweb were represented inside the group by Mike Teunissen, who after an impressive performance at the finish line sprinted to 4th place.
After the stage Mike commented: “Our original plan for the day was to sprint for Max and help on the climbs, but with other climbers keen to have their moment there were a lot of attacks and the bunch split. Lennard and Albert waited with Max and I stayed with the bunch to stay fresh for either a lead-out or possible sprint for myself. The group didn’t come back so I could try to go for a result. I’m happy to take 4th against these guys.”
Team Sunweb coach Arthur van Dongen said: “Unfortunately Max didn’t survive the climbs and after Lennard and Albert gave it their all to bring him back, we decided to have Mike go for the sprint. He did a great effort to take 4th against such competition.”