Sonny Colbrelli 11th at the Last Sprinters’ Stage of Criterium du Dauphiné
LA TOUR DE SALVAGNY – MÅCON – 175.5 km / Stage 5
Måcon, France, June 8th – On 5th stage of Criterium du Daupiné, the last sprinters’ stage of the race, Sonny Colbrelli took 11th place. The stage was another valuable experience on one of the hardest sprinters’ stages for the whole BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team.
Critérium du Dauphiné went on with its’ fifth stage on a warm and sunny day with very slight wind. The stage started in La Tour de Sauvigny, it had six categorized climbs, Col Du Fut d’Avenas (Cat. 2) being the hardest one.
The main strategy of BAHRAIN MERIDA Team was to bring Sonny Colbrelli to the best possible position for his sprint, to give him good assistance during the race and to react promptly when needed, but not to take any unnecessary risks. Philippe Mauduit and Alberto Volpi, our sports directors, instructed riders to stay together, watch one another and work hard as always to bring Sonny safely to the final sprint. Unfortunately, they launched Sonny a bit too early to the front and in the last kilometer a few strong riders blocked him on time.
Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb), a young German rider and a great sprinter, took today’s victory over well-known sprinters Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie). Sonny Colbrelli (TBM) took 11th place.
Borut Božič commented after the race: “Today’s sprint was really technical and we were once again in a good position, but not a perfect one. But sprints at Dauphine are known as the hardest sprints. Lots of teams are tuning here for Tour de France and it is not so easy. But we have to stay positive for the upcoming races and stages.”