Max Walscheid showed his sprinting prowess once again today on the final stage of the Tour of Denmark, sprinting to an impressive win after strong work by his Team Sunweb teammates.
The stage started with an early break of seven riders building a steady lead that grew to over five minutes before the peloton started to reign in their advantage. It wasn’t until the race hit the finishing circuit – to be completed eight times – that the pace behind really picked up, with Team Sunweb lining out the bunch in the final 25km to bring the break back to within touching distance.
With less than 15km to go the front of the race was all back together, sparking a flurry of attacks, but coming into the final few kilometres the race was all back together and set up for a bunch sprint. With a perfect lead-out as the road opened up in front to the finish line, Max pulled clear to take a convincing stage win, rounding out the race in style.
Having gone into the stage in the top five on GC, Lennard Hofstede finished the day in the bunch, cementing his fifth position on GC.
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou: “It was a very nice day for the team today because all six riders really contributed with strong efforts. We managed to keep control with the breakaway so that they were caught with only 5km to go and after that we brought Max into a perfect position from where he won the sprint. With two podium spots and a fifth place on the GC we can then look back on a succesfull week in Denmark.”
Max added: “It was a victory where the whole team took part. We took the initiative, showed confidence in ourselves and believed in the lead out as well as in my sprint. It was a big, big effort to catch seven guys back with just Ramon [Sinkeldam] and Max [Kanter] chasing, and Lennard [Hofstede] covering attacks.
“The timing in the leadout was really crucial, with a downhill towards the last corner. With Roy’s [Curvers] calmness and Phil’s [Bauhaus] strength in the last 500m we made it first/second through the last corner. After a strong leadout and with 50m to go I knew I would win and took it almost too easy, nearly a big mistake which I could still correct to give the team the result we earned.”