Team Sunweb’s Mike Teunissen sprinted to 5th place at the third stage of Paris-Nice today, as a late breakaway made it to line.
The longest day out at the 2018 edition of Paris-Nice, the third stage saw riders contest a 210 kilometre route between Bourges and Châtel-Guyon. The day opened with a three rider attack from the gun, with the group going on to open up a seven and a half minute gap over the main field.
The catch was made in advance of the final climb of the day at 35 kilometres to go and the bunch picked their way up the ascent, attacks were launched and the field split. A large group edged one minute ahead of the main field, with three riders later going forward from the group to contest the stage victory whilst the chase and main field regrouped. Mike Teunissen put in another strong performance taking his third top 10 in as many days, as he sprinted to 5th place.
The third stage also saw Phil Bauhaus climb off his bike and abandon the race due to knee pain.
“We had several options today,” explained Mike after the finish. “After Phil had problems with his knee and abandoned we decided to go for Edward but when the pace was high on the climb he couldn’t follow but I managed to come back. I stayed with Sam until the final and then I just gave it a shot again and managed to come out 5th.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou added: “Today was a really long day on hilly parcours. Upfront we saw that there could possibly be a sprint but that it would also be a hard final. The last hour was really hard and many of the sprinters were dropped. We weren’t there with Phil because he had abandoned during the stage with knee pain, so we didn’t have a sprinter. Mike did another great performance sprinting to 2nd from the bunch and 5th on the stage; it’s been an impressive campaign from him during the past few days.”