Team Sunweb’s German sprint talent Phil Bauhaus made his mark on home soil today, taking 2nd place in a photo finish at Münsterland Giro.
Racing on home soil at the Münsterland Giro, Team Sunweb lined up with a strong German squad for the one-day 198.7 kilometre test. With largely flat parcours, Team Sunweb spent the day tucked in the peloton preparing to unleash their sprint weapon at the expected bunch sprint.
The day opened with a four-rider breakaway going clear to take a lead of just under five minutes. With 90 kilometres still to race, the peloton upped their pace and brought the leaders advantage down to just one minute. The bunch kept the breakaway riders at bay, eventually reeling them in with 20 kilometres to the finish. As soon as the catch was made the speed in the peloton was relentless and multiple riders lost contact with the main bunch. The race stayed together for a bunch sprint where Team Sunweb’s Phil Bauhaus showed his strength battling against the strong line-up of fast men. In an intense finale, the race was decided by a photo finish with Phil securing 2nd place.
Phil said: “Today was a really strong team effort and I’m really happy with the support that the team gave me throughout the race. I always had guys around me helping me and in the final the guys did a really good lead out. I made two small mistakes which I think probably lost me the race; I waited a little bit too long for my sprint and when I went, I chose the wrong side to pass. In the end it was a good second place with the bunch sprint but if you lose a race by just millimetres it’s always a bit disappointing.”