A third win in three days for Team Bahrain Victorious as Phil Bauhaus sprinted to victory on stage 3 at the Tour de Hongrie.
Stage 3 started in Veszprém with riders taking on 142 kilometres to the finish in Tata. An early breakaway of five riders formed after 20 kilometres, but the gap was controlled with them not getting more than four minutes.
The peloton worked to close the gap on the break with good work from Bahrain Victorious and the first Bahraini rider Ahmed Madan doing turns on the front of the group. In the last kilometres, two crashes reduced the sprinting group, but Bahrain Victorious positioned themselves well through Marcel Sieberg, Heinrich Haussler and Fred Wright. The lead-out train put Bauhaus in a great position to win and beat Mike Teunissen (Jumbo Visma) to the line. A strong show from Fred Wright also saw him cross the line in third.
With the win, Bauhaus went back into both the overall and points jersey:
“We had a really good tactic and were able to stay calm in the last corners. With 1km to go, Haussler was amazingly strong. There was one guy from Jumbo between us, and I let Fred go, but I could go and get the win. Tomorrow we have Santiago here, and he is super strong on the climbs, so we hope he can go for the podium.”
Ahmed Madan is delighted with his first race with the team, which has seen the team take two wins and a third-place so far: “Stage 3 of Tour de Hongrie done. It was a shorter stage with sunny weather. Haussler helped me a lot today on the stage with positioning and getting more confident with the group. The more I race now, the more I have confidence in myself, allowing me to do more work for the team in the front to help chase the breakaway. And we won today!”
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