It was another good day out in Oman for the team as Mike Teunissen spent most of the race in the day’s breakaway. The action was all go from the races start with multiple attacks coming from the peloton. It was a breakaway of 10 riders, including Mike, that managed to attack and stay away for most of the race. After a good effort Mike lost contact with the breakaway, along with two other riders. The race came back together inside the final 20km and more attacks came from the front. In the end it came down to a bunch sprint and Søren Kragh Andersen finished the day in 13th place.
Team coach Marc Reef said: “Today we had a short, but intensive stage. From the start the race went up and down and for some kilometres we had Mike in a break of 9 riders. Other team’s controlled the front of chase which meant they never got more than two minutes. We protected Søren again today and on the last climb he could follow the leading riders. In the final kilometres all three groups came back together and Søren finished in 13th.”
Mike Teunissen said: “There was a small chance today that a break could go to the finish and I wanted to go for that chance. I hoped for a good group without too many climbers and guys that were lower in the general classification but unfortunately that didn’t work out. Overall it went well and we stayed away for some time. When I rejoined the peloton I could still do some work for Søren in the final so I can look back on a good day.”
After finishing the stage in 13th Søren said: “Today’s stage was a hard, intense and hot day in the saddle. I felt good all day and the team stayed together perfectly into the last climb where I managed to get over with the leading riders. From then I gambled a little for the sprint because we had a decent gap and I considered my chances to be quite good within the group. In the last kilometre, two other riders came through and I was blocked for the sprint. It was again an amazing display of team work throughout the day and I am happy about my form.