STAGE 5: SELÇUK - İZMİR STAGE CONCLUDED

53RD TOUR OF TURKEY

SAM BENNETT FROM THE BORA HANSGROHE TEAM WINS THE 166 KM SELÇUK – İZMİR STAGE SPONSORED BY VESTEL

AHMET ÖRKEN FROM THE TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM EARNS THE SECOND PLACE

TOUR OF TURKEY ENDS TOMMORROW’S 143.7 KM SALCANO İSTANBUL - İSTANBUL STAGE

THE AWARD CEREMONY TO BE ATTENDED BY SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE PRESIDENCY FAHRI KASIRGA

Sam Bennett from the Bora Hansgrohe Team won the 166 km Selçuk-İzmir stage of the 53rd Tour of Turkey, sponsored by Vestel, crossing the finish line at 4 hrs 06 min 51 sec. Obtaining the same finish timing, Ahmet Örken from the Turkish National Team made the country proud by running a close second to the winner.  

 

THE RACE ENDS TOMORROW

104 cyclists kicked off the 1023 km race on October 10th in Alanya. The Tour of Turkey will end with the 143.7 km Istanbul-Istanbul stage tomorrow, sponsored by Salcano. Turquoise, Green, Red and White Jerseys will be given to their respective owners. The award ceremony will be held at the Sultanahmet Square and attended by Secretary General of the Presidency Fahri Kasırga. 

 

COMPETITION GETS STIFFER TO GET THE TURQUOISE JERSEY

Sam Bennett from Bora Hansgrohe Team, who wore the Turquoise Jersey for three days winning two stages after the Alanya-Kemer Stage, lost his title in yesterday’s Marmaris-Selçuk Stage. Diego Ullisi from the UEA Emirates Team wore the Turquoise Jersey in the Selçuk-İzmir stage. However, the small time gap made today’s and tomorrow’s Istanbul-Istanbul stage even more important.

 

RANKING IN THE GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

The last standings of the cyclists fighting for the Turquoise Jersey before starting the stage:

1-Diego Ullisi (UAE Emirates) 19 hrs 50 sec 2-Jesper Hansen (Astana) 19 hrs 01.02 3-Fausto Masnada (Androni Sidermec Bottecchia) 19 hrs 01.14

As observed from the general ranking, 1 min 2 sec between the leader Ullisi and the second place Hansen; and 1 min 14 sec between Masnada who was ranked in the third place makes the battle for Turquoise Jersey even stiffer.

 

AHMET ÖRKEN RANKS IN THE 27TH PLACE

On the other hand, although having had a good performance in the Tour, Ahmet Örken from the Turkish National Team is ranked in the 27th place in General Classification. Time difference between Örken and the leader Ullisi is 3 min 14 sec. Before the stage, here is the rankings of the Turkish cyclists in the General Classification:

36-Nazım Bakırcı         19.04.25

38-Serkan Balkan       19.05.03

48-Ahmet Akdilek       19.07.29

57-Onur Balkan           19.11.52

79-Muhhamed Atalay 19.16.38

90-Batuhan Özgür      19.23.06

93-Feritcan Samlı       19.23.24

 

YOUNG CYCLISTS CATEGORY

Onur Balkan ranks in the 7th place and Batuhan Özgür ranks in the 13th place in the Tour Of Turkey's young cyclists category which includes 13 bikers.

 

THE SUN AT THE PEAK POINT AGAIN

Kicked off at 12.40 in Selçuk, 98 cyclists started to pedal under the burning sun. Besides the hot weather, the windy track challenged cyclists, preventing them to reach higher speeds. In the accident that took place right after the start, Victor Ranghetti from Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team was injured. Although he continued to pedal, the race commissioner warned the authorities to take the biker into an ambulance for his treatment.

 

FIRST ESCAPE GROUP CONSISTS OF 8 CYCLISTS  

Onur Balkan and Muhammed Atalay from the Turkish national Team, ShaneArchbold from the Bora Hansgrohe Team, JonasKoch from the CCC Sprandi Polkowice Team,  Alex Turrin from the Wilier Triestina Selle Italia Team, Lukas Spengler from the WB Veransclassic Aquality Protect Team formed the escape group by 50 seconds. However, Muhammed Atalay couldn’t keep up with the pace of the escape group and caught, along with Onur Balkan, by the main group at the 50th km.

 

ARCHBOLD WINS THE TURKISH AIRLINES CLIMBING PRIME

First one to pass through the Turkish Airlines Climbing Prime (King of the Mountains) was Shane Archbold from the Bora Hansgrohe Team. He was followed by Jonas Koch from the CCC Sprandi Polkowice team and Alex Turrin from the Wilier Triestina Selle Italia Team. Following the prime gate, new escape group was formed and cyclists descended the hill by reaching 90 km/h. The escape group consisted of Shane Archbold from the Bora Hansgrohe Team, Jonas Koch from the CCC Sprandi Polkowice team, Alex Turrin from the Wilier Triestina Selle Italia Team,  Matteo Spreafico from the Androni Sidermec Bottecchia Team and Lukas Spengler from the WB Veransclassic Aquality Protect Team. The new time difference as the cyclists passed the 63rd km was 1 min 38 sec.

 

MATTEO WINS THE SALCANO SPRİNT PRIME

The 76th km marked the Salcano Sprint Prime gate with Matteo Spreafico from the Androni Sidermec Bottecchia Team in the first place and followed by Lukas Spengler from the WB Veransclassic Aquality Protect Team and Shane Archbold from the Bora Hansgrohe Team. Considering that the cyclists only covered 76 km in over two hours may give you an idea of the slow pace of the bikers.

 

TURRIN WINS THE VESTEL BEAUTIES OF TURKEY PRIME BUT ONUR BALKAN KEEPS THE WHITE JERSEY

Alex Turring from the WilierTriestina Selle Italia Team won the Beauties of Turkey Prime (White Jersey) which took place within the Vestel Plant. He was followed by Matteo Spreafico from the Androni Sidermec Bottecchia Team and Shane Archbold from the Bora Hansgrohe Team. However, Onur Balkan from the Turkish National Team keeps the White Jersey for Istanbul-Istanbul stage as he defends the first place, obtaining the highest score. The group was divided after the prime gate with three cyclists forming an escape group. However, they didn’t last long as the main group catched up with them.

 

TWO ACCIDENTS TAKE PLACE

Two cyclists fell as they couldn’t corner at the Vestel Plant exit. This was followed by another accident with 7-8 bikers fell down as they reached the Sabuncaeli ramp. Some of the athletes were injured and doctor intervention was necessary. Meanwhile, among the injured, Miguel Florez from the WılıerTrıestına-Selle Italıa Team left the race.

 

KOSHEVOY WINS THE TURKISH AIRLINES CLIMBING PRIME BUT MIRCO KEEPS THE RED JERSEY

The last prime gate of the race took place 28.9 km away from the finish line. Ilia Koshevoy from the Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia Team won the Turkish Airlines climbing prime (King of the Mountains). He was followed by his teammate Felipe Daniel Martinez, Mirco Maestri from the Bardiani CSF Team and Federico Zurlo from the UAE Emirates Team. Mirco Maestri from the Bardiani CSF Team will continue to wear the Red Jersey (King of the Mountain) in the Istanbul-Istanbul stage. The escape group was caught by the main group down to 12 km to the finish. The main group continued to pedal together to the finish line in Karşıyaka. Meanwhile Ahmet Örken took a great position within the group, approaching Bennett and earned himself a place on the podium.

 

BENNETT’S FOURTH VICTORY

Cyclists were down to the finish line and Sam Bennett from the Bora Hansgrohe Team was ranked in the first place with 4 hrs 06 min 51 sec. This marked Bennett’s tenth win this year.