Team Sunweb’s Max Walscheid sprinted to 6th place at the Tour of Guangxi’s second stage today, as the race concluded with a bunch kick to the line after a tough day out in the rain.
Five men snapped the elastic in the opening ten kilometres of racing and the sprint teams quickly took control of their advantage, ensuring it never peaked much over two minutes with tough weather conditions proving a risk to the day’s hoped fast outcome.
With more kilometres in their legs the breakaway began to splinter inside the final 40 kilometres of racing, but when three strong riders remained up the road Team Sunweb set out to help with the chase. The final riders were eventually caught with just four to the finish line as sprint trains formed at the front of the peloton. Team Sunweb dropped Max Walscheid into position for his sprint, but he became boxed in. Søren Kragh Andersen was able to bring him up for the finish, where Max took 6th place at the line.
Max said: “I felt really good today. I had Søren still with me in the last kilometre and then suddenly our lead-out was boxed in – I managed to come up from around 20th place but it was too late. I couldn’t do anything more than 6th with this effort and the power I had.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek added: “Our focus was once again on Max. We needed to help in the chase as there was a strong break up the road and the rain made for a harder stage than everybody expected. In the sprint we were boxed in and as a result, couldn’t keep our lead-out together. Søren and Max showed great power coming from so far back so we remain focused and have ambitions for the upcoming stages.”