Phil Bauhaus sprints to 4th place at the Down Under opener
Santos Tour Down Under 2019.
Jan, 15th 2019 – Ziptrack Stage 1
North Adelaide – Port Adelaide — 129 km
The Tour Down Under opener was a shortened a bit shortened stage for a final lap and last 3,4 km on a very hard day and extreme heat over 40*C.
After just 10 minutes as the race started a small group of 4 riders broke away early but were caught with about 40 km to go. They managed to earn time bonuses for getting into top 10 in overall.
Team Bahrain Merida mostly dictated the tempo of the Peloton until 30 km to go. Marcel Sieberg, Yukiya Arashiro and Heinrich Haussler took care and kept eyes on Phil Bauhaus and get him as high as possible for the sprint and of course kept eyes on Pozzovivo and Dennis to be safe at todays opener.
Marcel Sieberg was pushing and positioning Phil Bauhaus really good and Yukiya Arashiro circling around him and saving his position.
At the end at final kilometer the heat made a furious sprint to the finish and Elia Viviani DQT won the first stage in Port Adelaide, Maximilian Richard Walscheid SUN was the runner up and Jakub Mareczko CPT took the 3rd place for half of the wheel in front of Phil Bauhaus, TBM’s new member and a sprinter of great potentials.
Phil Bauhaus said shortly after the stage:
“I had a really good race today and TBM did a really good job and especially Marcel was really strong in the final. I found myself in a super good position and behind Walscheid SUN and wanted to pass him when the sprint stared. I was on the very left side, close to the fence and I had to stop peddling for few moments and lost a bit of the rhythm. It was my first WT race with my new team and I am very happy how we worked, but of course we still have space for improvement. We just have to continue like this and go for the victory.”
Our team leaders Domenico Pozzovivo and Rohan Dennis got to the finish of the stage in a time of a winner.
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