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Re: Turul României
« on: September 22, 2018, 19:45 »
"Everything is possible in Romania", winner #monkeytown Peter Schulting said in Târgoviște after another fast stage of the Turul României - and today he proved it certainly is.

It was short stage of only 124k and without a single categorized climb, but with most of the Top 10 still within just a handful of seconds, it still turned out to be a very interesting one, with GC riders going for both, the bonus seconds at the intermediate sprints, as well as the way of joining the breakaway group.

#teamtr Onur Balkan and #voster Mateusz Grabis went for the first way, picking up enough seconds to move up to 2nd and 3rd in GC, while #friuli Massimo Orlandi and #monkeytown Peter Schulting went on the attack when a group finally went clear after one hour of racing at 45.5 kph average.

Also yesterday's denied stage winner #novak Nicolae Tanovitchii and #steaua Dani Crista (later to be called back to help with the chase) were part of that group, and with Tvetcov's yellow jersey in danger, neither of them was to eager to contribute much to the success of the breakaway. So after "doing most of the work anyway", #monkeytown Schulting decided to go for it solo with ~55k to go.

The remaining parts of the breakaway were caught quickly, but the Dutchmen continued to put the hammer down, extending his gap to a maximum of ~2:30 just 20k before the finish and becoming a real contender to take over the lead of the race. #yellow Tvetcov was searching for allies at that point and found help from the fellow Romanian #novak Novak Team who joined him in the front of the peloton to chase down Schulting.

On from that point the gap began to decrease second by second, 1:43 at 15k, 1:15 at 10k and under half a minute with Five kilometers to go - but in the end this was enough for Schulting to celebrate his second win in the race, 7 seconds ahead of #teamtr Onur Balkan and #friuli Filippo Ferronato.

#yellow Tvetcov now leads the race with 20 seconds ahead of #voster Mateusz Grabis and two more ahead of #teamtr Onur Balkan. Tomorrow's final criterium is perfectly flat, so on paper it's looking good for him to win his home race - but "everything is possible in Romania"...

More pictures from today can be found on the official Facebook page
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