Whilst a lone rider went clear to take the stage victory, Team Sunweb’s Phil Bauhaus battled it out to 3rd place on the race’s opening stage.
Team Sunweb lined up at the Tour of Denmark today for the races opening stage of action. Starting in Frederiksberg riders were tasked with 176.6 kilometres before the finish Kalundborg.
The day opened with a six-rider breakaway going clear after 11 kilometres. Extending their lead up to five minutes, the group stayed away for 130 kilometres before being swept up by the bunch. As soon as the catch was made there was a fierce tempo in the peloton and Team Sunweb fought to maintain position at the front. Almost immediately a number of counter attacks were launched, with Team Sunweb’s Ramon Sinkeldam involved in a four-man move that enjoyed a short lead. As they were brought back to the bunch another group went clear. Team Sunweb were involved in the chase but one rider managed to stay clear of the pursuit to take the stage victory. Phil Bauhaus went on to contest podium places and took a respectable 3rd place, a strong opening to the race’s five stages.
After the stage Phil said: “Today was a tough day with the rain and wind. With the climbs and the wind there where some echelons towards the end and the bunch split. Roy was super strong and positioned me perfectly so I could follow the favourites wheel. Lennard was also really good following GC attacks in the final. Unfortunately Max punctured at a bad moment and plans changed but we managed the situation well.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “It was a pretty hectic final today on the circuit with a lot of attacks and counterattacks. Our plan was to prepare the sprint for Max but since he had a puncture on a very bad moment with 10 kilometres to go we changed plans and went for Phil. The team did a good job positioning him out of the last corner with 300 metres to go. Phil was then only out-sprinted by one rider finishing 3rd on the stage since a solo attack made it to the finish line alone just six seconds in front of the peloton.”