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by Shane Stokes
June 9, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bauhaus wins stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Pieters sprints to victory on stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Modolo wins GP Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen; BMC Racing Team rejects Froome transfer rumour as ‘a complete lie’; De Gendt says he expects to lose the yellow jersey; Bardiani Valvole and CSF Inox to sponsor Baby Giro; Chavanel signs up for one more year with Direct Energie; The man behind the Maglia Rosa: An insiders’ view of Tom Dumoulin; Video: Hammer Sportzone Limburg – Race highlights; Video: Inside the BMC Team Car in final kilometre of Dauphiné time trial
German sprinter Phil Bauhaus proved he was best at the end of stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné on Thursday, galloping to victory in Mâcon. In taking his first-ever WorldTour victory the 22-year-old Team Sunweb rider built on his fourth place in last year’s World under–23 road race championships.
He hit the line ahead of Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) and the rest of the main bunch. “It feels really good,” he said. “My shape is quite good. I’m super-happy that everything worked out today. Also on stage two, my sprinting was quite good [he was fifth].
“At the Giro d’Italia, I came close to the podium twice. Now with the support of the team, I take the biggest win of my career so far. Today I felt I had good legs from the beginning of the stage so I was confident for the sprint. My legs were good enough to take them [Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Démare] on.”
Inside the first half hour, four riders clipped away. Julien El Farès (Delko Marseille) initiated the move and was joined by Dylan van Baarle (Cannondale-Drapac), Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo), with the latter successfully hunting points to move into the lead of the King of the Mountains competition. These established a maximum lead of over five minutes, but hard chasing from the sprinters’ teams brought the last survivor, Van Baarle, back with six kilometres to go.
Race leader Thomas de Gendt finished safely in the main bunch behind sprint winner Bauhaus and will start Friday’s mountainous stage in yellow. He is 27 seconds ahead of Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) and 51 up on Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team).