After solid team work brought back late-breakaway attempts inside the final 20 kilometres, Team Sunweb’s Max Walscheid sprinted to the victory at the Tour de Yorkshire’s third stage today.
With the day’s main breakaway brought back early on in the race, the final of the Tour de Yorkshire’s third stage was animated by the opportunists, with different late-breakaway groups trying their luck on the attack. Team Sunweb helped with the chase to position sprinter Max Walscheid for the finish. After coming onto the descent in a good position, Team Sunweb led Max out to take an impressive stage three victory. Lead-out man Mike Teunissen also continued his powerful sprint to take 7th place.
After the win, Max said: “Today was a really hard day; I was suffering throughout the stage but I had a great team behind me who chased for me throughout the day. I managed to enter the descent in a good spot which was key because it wasn’t possible to move up afterwards. Usually I am best in the flat sprints, so to win a difficult stage is nice for me and shows that I’m developing towards being able to win harder races. After being able to really show my top speed here I’m looking forward to more nice races through the rest of the season.”
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers added: “We had a tough race today and had to close gaps late on when groups went clear. The team were really strong and worked well together to get the job done, and they delivered Max into a good position heading into the final. Max has shown that he has a really good sprint capacity with this well deserved win.”