RIYADH: German cyclist Phil Bauhaus of the Bahrain-Mclaren team became the overall winner of the Saudi Tour 2020 after edging out Arkea Samsic team’s Nacer Bouhanni in a hectic finish on Saturday.
Bouhanni, who has joined the Arkea Samsic team this season, led Bauhaus by two seconds entering the fifth and last stage, a flat 144-kilometer run that started from Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University and ended at the historic Masmak Palace in the heart of the capital, Riyadh.
Perfectly led out by his Bahrain team mates, the 25-year-old Bauhaus twice veered in the finishing straight leaving Bouhanni making angry gestures as he crossed the line second.
Bauhaus gained a 10-second bonus to beat Bouhanni, who collected six seconds, by two seconds overall.
The Arkea Samsic team tweeted their disappointment.
“Two swerves by his opponent in the finish prevented Nacer Bouhanni from sprinting on this final stage @thesauditour,” they said, adding: “No demotion from the jury of referees.”
Portugal’s Rui Costa of team Emirates, who won the first stage, came in as third overall winner.
The winners were crowned by Subah bin Abdullah Al-Kraidees, chairman of the Saudi Cycling Federation, and Wajih Azzam, vice president of the International Cycling Federation.
The fifth and last stage saw fierce competition from the beginning till the end of the race, due to the narrow time difference between cyclists.
Bauhaus came first, completing the stage in 3:18:57, and was awarded the Green Jersey.
Second came Bouhanni, completing the stage in 3:18:57, and was awarded the Red Jersey.
Third came Arvid De Kleijn of the Danish team Riwal Readynez, completing the race in 3:18:57, while Andreas Lorentz Kron, of Riwal Readynez team was awarded the prize of best young cyclist and the “White Jersey.”
Italian Cyclist Niccolo Bonifazio of the French team was awarded the “Polka Dotted Jersey.”
Riwal Readynez was awarded the prize of best team.
Fifth and final stage results
1. Phil Bauhaus (GER/BAH) 3hr 18min 57 sec
2. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/ARK) same time
3. Arvid de Kleijn (NED/RIW) s.t.
4. Timothy Dupont (BEL/CIR) s.t.
5. Imerio Cima (ITA/GAZ) s.t.
Final overall standings
1. Phil Bauhaus (GER/BAH) 17 hr 53min 38sec
2. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/ARK) at 2sec,
3. Alberto Rui Faria Costa (POR/UAE) 13 sec
4. Youcef Reguigui (ALG/TER) 22 sec
5. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/BAH) 23 sec
(With AFP & SPA)