Bauhaus wins Saudi Tour after dramatic last stage

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Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain McLaren) won the final stage of Saudi Tour after holding off Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) in the sprint, allowing him to leapfrog him the Frenchman to the top of the GC.

A tight and tense finish left Bouhanni visibly frustrated with Bauhaus, who appeared to deviate from his sprint line ever so slightly in the final 100 metres.

Despite the furious Frenchman’s best attempts to contest the manner of the finish, the jury confirmed Bauhaus had not committed any infringement in the lead up to his victory.

“We were unlucky yesterday so we knew that I had to win today to take the overall win, and we worked hard for that,” Bauhaus said after the race.

“I’m super happy and proud of my team and how we did it today.

“We were always one step in the front, and showed that we are one of the strongest here, and I’m really happy that we could also win the GC.”

Saudi Tour 2020 – stage 5 results (Princess Nourah University – Al Masnak):

1Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain McLaren)

3:18:57

2Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic)

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3Arvid De Kleijn (Riwal Readynez)

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4Timothy Dupont (Circus-Wanty Gobert)

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5Imerio Cima (Gazprom-Rusvelo)

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6Matteo Malucelli (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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7Youcef Reguigui (Terengganu inc. TSG)

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8Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (NTT)

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9Carlos Barbero (NTT)

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10Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH)

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Saudi Tour 2020 – final general classification:

1Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain McLaren)

17:53:38

2Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic)

+02”

3Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

+13”

4Youcef Reguigui (Terengganu inc. TSG)

+22”

5Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain McLaren)

+23”

6Carlos Barbero (NTT)

+24”

7Sergei Chernetskii (Gazprom-Rusvelo)

+25”

8Andreas Lorentz Kron (Riwal Readynez)

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9Geoffrey Soupe (Total Direct Energie)

+26”

10Fabien Doubey (Circus-Wanty Gobert)

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