Phil Bauhaus opened up the Tour of Slovenia with a win for Bahrain Victorious , launching from a lead-out train that kept the final stages of the race completely under its control. After such a strong start the team is anticipating it won’t be the last victory celebration they get to enjoy during the five-day race.
The 151.5 kilometre opening stage of the Slovenian race started in the hills but it ended up being one for the sprinters, with the break kept under control. As the race came back together with ten kilometres to go the positioning for the sprint began, with a hectic run into the line at Rogaška Slatina.
A crash not too far from the front of the peloton at 3.5 kilometres to go caused a split, though Bahrain Victorious were comfortably lined up with the numbers near the front to lead Bauhaus out as the stage moved into the final kilometre.
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“The finish was extremely fast with a slight downhill in the last km,” said Bauhaus in a team statement after his fourth stage victory of the year. “It was key to be in front at the roundabout 700m to go, and the team did a great job today. We were in the forefront all the time, we controlled the events all the time, I came to the […]