Team Sunweb’s Phil Bauhaus sprinted to 6th place at Ride London today, as the race concluded with a bunch sprint on the Mall in London.
Early on in the race a six rider breakaway were allowed clear, swiftly opening up a seven minute advantage over the peloton. The bunch began their chase early on, with the demanding parcours of the day assisting with the pursuit to the leading riders.
As the group came within a minute of the peloton, a group counter attacked in a bid to reach the leaders, with Michael Matthews going up the road for Team Sunweb. Tired legs coupled with fresh legs, the two groups merged but weren’t able to stay away. More groups tried their luck on the attack, but the peloton eventually came back together for the expected bunch kick to the line. Team Sunweb brought German sprinter Phil Bauhaus into position for the finale, where he took a solid 6th place.
Phil said: “It was a hard race and we were very focused. I felt the support from the team and we had the right tactics but in the final we ran into too much bad luck to really get the lead out right. But I am thankful and proud of the spirit of the team.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “The plan was to go for Phil but we weere also prepared for a real classic scenario as the wind, rain and hills made for a difficult race. We did a good race, the team were good together on the important points and in position. Sadly we lost Lennard due to a crash. In the hilly zone there was a dangerous break and we had Michael in which meant we could save the team a bit. Unfortunately he had a puncture and had to drop back. In the final 30 kilometres we ran in to more problems with several punctures, but the guys all fought themselves back with dedication. Due to the problems we could not get organised well enough in the last 5 kilometres, and we missed the momentum to move up together. This meant that we could not finish this race in the way we wanted.”