Warm weather greeted riders at the final stage of Pais Vasco today. It was an individual time trial on the menu for Team Sunweb, with a route that took riders on a 27.7km course around Eibar.
As Michael Matthews hit the course, he set the fastest new time at the intermediate check point and spent some time in the hot seat after placing a new overall quickest time. As more riders took to the start line, new times were set and Michael finished the day in 6th place. The rest of the team put in some solid times, with Sam Oomen finishing in 18th place.
*Simon Geschke and Johannes Fröhlinger did not start today’s stage.
“It’s been a good week for the team,” said Michael after the stage. “We came here to win a stage and we did just that. We’ve all showed some good form and commitment going into the Ardennes. I think we should be really happy with our week.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “Today the team did a good TT, with Michael finishing 6th and Sam finishing 18th, a good result for someone of his age. Warren also finished 22nd which demonstrates a huge progress in this discipline in comparison to last season. Overall we are happy with this week that gave us a stage win and five days in the points jersey. In general the guys showed some good team work and good commitment and we can be happy with the performances out there this week.”