Two top 10s for Team Sunweb at Paris-Nice stage 2

RIDERS

Phil Bauhaus Roy Curvers Chris Hamilton Sam Oomen MIKE TEUNISSEN Edward Theuns Louis Vervaeke

Team Sunweb’s Phil Bauhaus sprinted to 4th place whilst Mike Teunissen rolled home in 6th after a hectic final to Paris-Nice’s second stage.

The second stage of action at Paris-Nice got underway today with a 187 kilometre route between Orsonville and Vierzon. The day got off to a slow start, with the wind causing a lapse in speed through the majority of the race. It wasn’t until kilometre 94 that six riders managed to snap the elastic, with two of the riders continuing to re-open a three minute gap after four rejoined the bunch. The chase became organised with 40 kilometres to go and the duo up the road were eventually reeled in with four kilometres to go. As teams fought for position at the front of the bunch, Team Sunweb brought sprinter Phil Bauhaus up to the front to duke it out in the sprint. As Phil sprinted to 4th place, Mike Teunissen was close behind finishing in 6th.

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After the stage Phil said: “Today was a really controlled day. The final was really crazy and fast but the team did a good job to position the lead-out train with Roy, Mike and Eddie. It was really hard to stay together because it was quite hectic but Roy did an excellent job to position us. I lost Mike’s wheel unfortunately, and just came back for the sprint. 4th was the maximum for me today but we can be happy with that.”

Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “Today was a slow stage coming into a new, hectic final. In the last hour of the race the team did a good job positioning the guys heading into the finale. We can take some improvements forward from the last kilometres for the upcoming stages to better our result but with two top 5 spots in the first two days we can’t be unsatisfied with our time here already.”