Bauhaus wins opening stage of Tour d’Azerbaidjan

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Bora – Argon 18 sprinter fastest of the bunch sprint in the streets of Sumgaiyt

Race Report

Sumgayit, 4 May 2016 – Phil Bauhaus (Bora – Argon 18) has won the opening stage bunch sprint at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, crossing the finish line in Sumgayit just ahead of Scott Sunderland (Team Illuminate) and Luca Wackermann (NASR-Dubai). The win also sees Bauhaus take hold of the first leader’s jersey of the race.

The day’s early breakaway was formed of just one lone leader, with Zamri Mohd Saleh (Terengganu Cycling Team) moving clear early on before building an advantage of up to 8’35“ over his 70 kilometer solo push. Mohd Saleh took maximum points at both the stage’s first categorised climb and first intermediate sprint, giving him the KOM jersey.

The crosswinds made it a hard and fast race for the international peloton chasing behind. Shortly after entering Sumgayit, where five town centre laps would be ridden, a three-man escape group formed, with Elchin Asadov (Synergy Baku Cycling Project), Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Astana City) and Alexander Evtushenko (Gazprom-Rusvelo). Andreas Keuser (Kuwait Cycling Project) soon took off in pursuit and was able to catch the leading trio, with the four building up a maximum lead of 1’10“.

The second intermediate sprint in the streets of Sumgait was contested between the four leaders, from where Asadov came over the line first.

The sprinters’ teams weren’t going to let their chance of a bunch sprint slip away, and shortly after the final intermediate sprint, taken by Keuser, the four leaders were brought back into the fold. From that moment on several attacks came and went but no one was able to break free from the bunch.

Bora – Argon 18 paved the way with a strong lead out for the young Bauhaus, who finished the job for his team, and in doing so also took the lead in the best young rider’s classification.

Stage 1 – Baku – Sumgayit
1. Phil Bauhaus (Bora – Argon 18), 154 km in 03h34’19“
2. Scott Sunderland (Team Illuminate), s.t.
3. Luca Wackermann (NASR-Dubai), s.t
4. Guillaume Boivin (Cycling Academy Team), s.t.
5. Ioannis Tamouridis (Synergy Baku Cycling Project), s.t.

General Classification
1. Phil Bauhaus (Bora – Argon 18), 03h34’19“
2. Scott Sunderland (Team Illuminate), s.t.
3. Luca Wackermann (NASR-Dubai), s.t
4. Guillaume Boivin (Cycling Academy Team), s.t.
5. Ioannis Tamouridis (Synergy Baku Cycling Project), s.t.

Blue “Synergy” (leader): Phil Bauhaus (Bora – Argon 18)
Red “AZAL” (mountain): Zamri Saleh (Terengganu Cycling Team)
Green “SOCAR” (points): Phil Bauhaus (Bora – Argon 18)
Magenta “Ata” (young): Phil Bauhaus (Bora – Argon 18)

Rider Quotes

Phil Bauhaus (Bora – Argon 18, 1st place)
„This is a really nice win, as it’s my first as a pro and my first win in the Bora – Argon 18 jersey. The team did a fantastic job so I could start my sprint with only 200 meters to go, and that was thanks to the perfect work of my team at the finish. We have more stages for sprinters to come and I hope we can maybe go for another win.“

Tomorrow: Stage 2 – Baku – Ismayilli

Recent stage winners at Ismayilli:
2012 Stage 2 – Baku – Ismayilli: Diego Rubio
2013 Stage 2 – Baku – Ismayilli: Serhiy Grechyn
2014 Stage 2 – Baku – Ismayilli: Primož Roglič
2015 Stage 2 – Baku – Ismayilli: Primož Roglič

Signing-in: 9.30-10.15 all times local (EET)
Stage start: 10.25

General information

The stage started in front of over more then 500 people at the National Flag Square in Baku. The pole of the flag raised at the Flag Square located in Baku is 162 m (531 feet) high and the total weight of the construction is 220 tonnes (492 800 pounds). A flag measuring 70 by 35 metres (230 by 115 feet) and weighs 350 kilos (771,75 pounds). On 29 May of 2010 the flagpole was confirmed as the world’s tallest by the Guinness Book of Records.

The finish was in Sumgayit – the largest city after Baku located at the seaside of the Caspian Sea. Cultural centres and leisure parks play important roles in cultural rest of the inhabitants. Martyr’s lane situated in the East part of the park turned to place for pilgrimage of city inhabitants. Sumgayit State University, Sumgayit city Square and modern buildings are located here. Sumgayit considers as important industry city of Azerbaijan.

Tomorrow the peloton will start from the brand-new Baku 2015 Velo Park – located in the highlands of the seaside of Shikh settlement. All conditions to engage with cycling and active rest are created to capital inhabitants in the park. At present BMX stadium is being built here. BMX competitions within 2015 European Games will be held just here. Also in the near future is planning to build indoor cycle track in the park area.

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