Team Sunweb put in a solid ride to position Michael storer to be in contention for the battle amongst the GC men, with the young Australian crossing the line in 10th place and finishing 5th in the overall.
The final stage of action at the Tour de Yorkshire was nothing short of exciting, with groups splintered across the road after the only first climb of the day. Whilst two rider went clear, Team Sunweb’s Jai Hindley set off up the road in a 13 rider chase group that stayed away for the majority of the day.
One leader stayed away, opening up an eight minute gap over the bunch and it became clear that the stage victory was his. On the penultimate climb of the day, an attack from the GC contenders went clear and Team Sunweb’s Michael Storer followed the move. A solid ride saw him sprint to the line in 10th place behind the solo winner, with his efforts placing him 5th in the GC after four tough stages in Yorkshire.
Michael said: “Today was an epic stage with steep climbs and 190 kilometres. The team did an awesome job, Jai had the possibility to get a result from the break and back in the ‘peloton’ we looked after each other to save for the final part. The guys really helped me to be in the best possible position to go for it on the penultimate climb where the race ended up being decided.”
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers said: “It was a really tough stage, directly from the start there were attacks and a big group went. A break went and behind there was a group with Jai that were riding to stay in the chase. Jai did a really good job to be up there and continue riding. In the end the leader got over eight minutes before it started to come down a little bit. On the penultimate climb there was a break with Michael in it, along with the main GC contenders. He did a great job being up there and the guys did a great job preparing him for the climbs. A top 5 in the GC is a great result for a young guy like this.”