Team Sunweb’s Phil Bauhaus opens the WorldTour season with 6th place at the first stage of Tour Down Under today.
The 20th edition of the Tour Down Under kicked off with a 145 kilometre stage from Port Adelaide to Lyndoch, marking the opening of the 2018 WorldTour season.
As soon as riders passed through the neutral zone, attacks came and three riders quickly opened up a four minute gap. Three became two, whilst Team Sunweb posted a man to the front of the peloton to keep control of the their advantage. With the final three kilometres flat, the day was set to be one for the sprinters and as the gap stretched out to over four minutes, sprinter’s team’s lined up at the front of the peloton demonstrating their interests for the finale. With one man left out in the break, the final catch was eventually made with 10 kilometres to go. Team Sunweb assembled at the front of the peloton lining up Phil Bauhaus for the imminent sprint where he sprinted to 6th place.
After the race Phil said: “The race was controlled from the beginning and everything was set out for a bunch sprint. The beginning was really good but we ran out of gas a little bit too early. I could follow another rider’s wheel through the corner and in the end finished 6th.”
Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “Today’s stage ended in a bunch sprint as expected. Our riders committed well to the plan to set Phil up for the sprint and he came in 6th. There were some good signs for the first WorldTour race of the year and we will aim to better that result in the coming stages.”