On the last opportunity for the sprinters at the Abu Dhabi Tour, Team Sunweb executed their tactical plan to perfection leading German sprinter Phil Bauhaus out to take the stage 3 victory in an incredibly close photo finish.

Speaking of the win, Bauhaus said: “We have a really good team here for the sprint and I’ve been working well at home. My goal here was to go for a podium or take a win, so it’s really nice to be able to achieve that against such a super strong field. It’s always hard to get the first win of the season and get the ball rolling, especially after such an unlucky day here yesterday. I hope we can continue like this into tomorrow and Sunday where we have a lot of cards to play.”

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek (NED) added: “We can be really proud of what we’ve achieved today after the bad luck yesterday. Every day we have got better and better with the lead-out and the win is well deserved. We had a plan, stuck to it and it paid off. It was a really strong team performance and a great boost of confidence for the upcoming stages.”