Bahrain Victorious took two victories on the same day, with Phil Bauhaus sprinting to success for his second stage win at Tour of Slovenia, while Gino Mäder’s perfectly timed move on the queen stage of Tour de Suisse saw him take the win.
In Slovenia, for the second time, Bauhaus was lead out superbly by his teammates to the final sprint and made no mistake winning by a clear margin. The last man of the lead out, Henrich Haussler, finished strongly and rounded off the podium on the final stage. Matej Mohoric also was rewarded for his strong performances throughout the five-stage race, securing the points jersey for Team Bahrain Victorious.
Phil Bauhaus was delighted with his fifth win of the season so far:
“It’s incredible. The team did a fantastic job once again today. We did the last two km pulling on the front, and then it was a perfect one into the finish: Haussler, as the last lead-out man, brought me in the first position 200 metres to go, and from there, I could start my sprint in an ideal condition. Happily, it was a good one!”
Matej Mohorič reflected on the race:
“We are delighted to conclude the Tour of Slovenia like that, with Phil’s win and my red jersey.
I think we can look forward to the Tour de France, where I will target the stage wins”.
At the Tour de Suisse, Gino Mäder secured his second win of the season on the queen stage. After his podium finish in yesterday’s TT, Gino put in a perfectly timed move over the final climb to move away from the GC group and beat Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) to the line.
Gino Mäder shared his happiness, especially for taking a win in his homeland:
“I was looking forward to this stage. I wanted to finish off my home race with a win, and I achieved it. The team worked well from the beginning, with Wout Poels in the breakaway, then Hermann Pernsteiner jumping across to him and having two riders in the front was perfect. All the other teammates were helping me behind, bringing food and water and mental support as well. They positioned me perfectly into the last climb. It was incredible teamwork from everybody”.
Team Technical Director Vladimir Miholjević commented on this fantastic day for the team: “There are not a lot of days that a team could enjoy a double victory. Today we had the privilege to enjoy it. From Slovenia to Switzerland, everything worked perfectly today. Great work from all team members, both staff and riders. Significant commitment and trust in the team and themselves. I can only express joy and gratitude to each staff member for their effort, as they are also part of the team success. We’re more than happy and proud. We’re eager to continue with the hard work and the improvement, as we always have some objectives in front of us. Not simple to reach, but let’s go and find the way towards our most significant goals.”
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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com