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Re: Tour of Turkey
« on: October 10, 2017, 18:17 »
in stage 1 it came down to the expected sprint, with the expected winner:

for whatever reason ASO has taken over to do the press work. Here is their stage report:

Sam Bennett delivers a first for Ireland in Turkey

Already a winner of the Münsterland Giro in Germany last week, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) became the first Irish stage winner of the Presidential Tour of Turkey as he outsprinted Italy’s Marco Benfatto (Androni-Sidermec) and Belgium’s Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) in Kemer.

The peloton, 104 riders strong, left Alanya at 12.25pm. From the gun, four men attempted the first breakaway of the race: two were Turkish national team riders, Onur Balkan and Batuhan Özgür, in the company of representatives from Wilier Triestina and Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team, Alex Turrin and Flavio Santos respectively.

They were joined soon afterwards by two Bardiani CSF team-mates: Vincenzo Albanese and Simone Sterbini. With a long, flat stage ahead, and plenty of sprinters here to ensure cooperation in the chase, the peloton let them go and after 20 km those six led by 4m08s. By km 83, a variety of teams at the front of the peloton had the breakaway pinned at 2 minutes. Albanese claimed the first intermediate sprint at km 90.5 and Balkan ensured that the home team would appear at least on the podium once after the stage as he won the sprint of the Beauties of Turkey competition at km 110.

With seconds of Balkan's successful sprint, Özgür dropped out of the leading group. Just inside 55km to go, the lead had come down to 1 minute 15 seconds. GazProm–Rusvelo led the peloton, with Trek-Segafredo riders Fumiyuku Beppu and Eugenio Alafaci taking turns to contribute to the chase, as did Bora-Hansgrohe's Michael Schwarzmann and Leopold Køonig. With 35.5 km to go and the slecond intermediate sprint almost in sight, Trek-Segafredo, led by Greg Daniel then Marco Coledan, hit the front of the poloton with an abrupt acceleration. The gap, which had dropped inside one minute with 38 km to go, instantly collapsed, and the breakaway was caught.

The second intermediate sprint saw Francesco Gavazzi (Androni - Sidermec – Bottecchia) take the points, ahead, interestingly of Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates). More good work from the Turkish national team allowed Muhammed Atalay to take third place there. Ulissi had uncovered his cards: the 3-second time bonus could come in very useful indeed to the recent GP Montreal winner.

On the category 4 climb, the peloton, temporarily intact, split again. A mass move by Bardiani CSF proved successful, allowing Enrico Barbin to take the two points and, post-stage, the red jersey. With 15 km to go, Pavel Brutt (GazProm-RusVelo) led the peloton. Inside the final 3km, a group of riders went down in the same incident, including sprinter Aleksandr Porsev (GazProm–RusVelo). Bennett timed his sprint perfectly to take the win ahead of Marco Benfatto (Androni – Sidermec – Bottecchia), with Edward Theuns (Trek–Segafredo) third. The Irishman, now in the Turquoise jersey, is set to target a second stage win in stage 2 from Kumluca to Fethiye (206km).
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