Cycling newsBahrain-McLaren win first title as Mark Cavendish turns lead-out man for Phil Bauhaus
Phil Bauhaus produced a dramatic sprint finish victory to win the Saudi Tour on Saturday, thanks in part to a terrific lead-out from team-mate Mark Cavendish.
Mark Cavendish of United Kingdom and Team Bahrain-Mclaren / Marcel Sieberg of Germany and Team Bahrain-Mclaren / Heinrich Haussler of Australia and Team Bahrain-Mclaren / Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain-Mclaren Red Points Jersey / Celebration / d
Cavendish is typically used to being the final man in that train, but there was a change in role for the Manxman in Riyadh, with him working for Bauhaus with a GC win in the balance.
It paid off in style for the big German, who held of Bouhanni to take the stage and the overall victory.
Bauhaus - To have Cavendish as a lead-out man means a lot to me
“Mark just did awesome on the last 400m and I could start the sprint from the first position [in the race] and that was the key today,” Bauhaus said.
It really means a lot to me, he’s a former world champion, he’s one of the best sprinters in the world and I really appreciate that he worked for me.
The result was left in some doubt as Bouhanni sat up and gesticulated about a bad racing line in the run-in, but a visit to the commissaires office yielded no results for the Frenchman.
Final general classification
1. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-McLaren, in 17-53-38 2. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Arkéa-Samsic, at two seconds 3. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates, at 13s 4. Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Terengganu Inc. TSG, at 22s 5. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-McLaren, at 23s 6. Carlos Barbero (Esp) NTT, at 24s 7. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo, at 25s 8. Andreas Kron (Den) Riwal Readynez, at same time 9. Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Total Direct Energie, at 26s 10. August Jensen (Nor) Riwal Readynez, at same time