Phil Bauhaus outsprints Caleb Ewan to win stage one of Tour Down Under

The German recovered from an earlier crash to beat Ewan and Michael Matthews in a bunch sprint

Phil Bauhaus
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Michael Matthews lost the battle at the Tour Down Under on Wednesday, but he increased his odds of winning the overall war in a stage one that brought down several riders. 

German sprinter Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) recovered from an earlier fall to pip Caleb Ewan (UniSA-Australia) and Matthews (Jayco Alula) in a bunch sprint in Tanunda, which he timed perfectly, having waited too long in the prelude criterium on the weekend. 

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.