YOUNG GERMAN POWERHOUSE PHIL BAUHAUS SPRINTED TO A MEMORABLE VICTORY AT STAGE 5 OF THE CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ. HE CAME FROM A LONG WAY BACK, BUT TIMING HIS SPRINT TO PERFECTION PHIL WAS ABLE TO CROSS THE LINE AHEAD OF ALL OTHER COMPETITORS.
A breakaway of 6 riders spent most of the day out front, gaining an advantage of over five minutes. Looking to set up Phil for the finish, the team moved to the front to add firepower to the chase. The final rider was brought back by the charging bunch with six kilometres to go setting up a fast bunch kick to the line.
The team worked well to keep Phil out of trouble, delivering him towards the front in a fast and hectic finale. He still had a lot of work to do to overcome other sprinters’ lead-out trains, but a perfectly timed sprint provided Phil with the biggest win of his career to date – his first WorldTour victory. A victory of this magnitude at the age of 22-years-old affirms Phil’s place as one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton. Finishing in the same time as the bunch, Sam Oomen remains in the white jersey for best young rider overall.
Team Sunweb Coach Morten Bennekou reflected: “We are all very happy here with the victory of Phil and we’re proud of the way the guys fought today. We supported him as much as possible during the day and also towards the finish and we can go into the coming stages with confidence now having achieved a stage victory here. On top, Sam secures the white jersey for another day, so we can be very satisfied with the team performance.”
After the stage Phil said “I felt good from the beginning today. The team protected me well. The guys started pulling at the right moment and did a great job. At the Giro d’Italia I came close to the podium twice. Now with the support of the team, I have taken the biggest win of my career so far. It’s a great feeling to win here at the Dauphiné.”