Bennett Really Happy With Tour Of Turkey Stage Win

10 October 2018 03:03
Sam Bennett (BORA - hansgrohe) won his first stage of the 54th Presidential Tour of Turkey on the second day of this year’s race from Alanya to Antalya - his fifth win in total after his four victories in the 2017 race. All photography, credit Brian Hodes / VeloImagesThe Irish sprinter timed his effort to the line perfectly after following 53 Alvaro Hodeg’s (Quick-Step Floors) wheel at 200m to go and he held his effort for the win. The victory means the 27-year old wears the Spor Toto Turquoise jersey as overall race leader and also leads the points classification competition as holder of the Salcano Green Jersey.  At the finish to the line the duo of 56 Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) and 53 Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) came in to the final 300m in prime position, with yesterday's winner this time  looking to set up his Colombian team mate, but it was Bennett who jumped on the wheel to secure his first win of the week and hold off Hodeg in 2nd. 3 Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) came in 3rd. Download full results  SporToto Stage 2 Alanya - Antalya summary result: 1. 41 Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe)2. 53 Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors)3. 3 Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)  SporToto Turquoise jersey summary standings:1. 41 Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe) 6hrs 53mins 35 secs2. 56 Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) + 06 secs3. 34 Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing) +12 secs  JerseysSporToto Turquoise jersey: overall race leader: 41 Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe)Turkish Airlines Red Jersey: mountain classification leader: 137 Beñat Txoperena (Euskadi Basque Country – Murias)Turkey Home White Jersey: Beauties of Turkey classification leader: 194 Onur Balkan (Turkish National Team)Salcano Green Jersey: points classification leader: 41 Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe)   All photography, credit Brian Hodes / VeloImagesRider reaction: 41 Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe) finished 1st and said: "I'm really happy with the win. I had a good week's block of training coming in to the race and the whole team were in good morale so we hoped we could do well this week.  "The plan was to at least get one win at some point because we knew it wasn't going to be easy as there's such a strong contingent of sprinters here his year.  "It's a real shame that Gaviria (Fernando) crashed yesterday because we were looking forward to that battle to see who would come out on top. You always want to test yourself against the best guys." On today's stage: "I had fresh legs going in to it and the team controlled it well today. We had great power when we needed it.  "It was quite dangerous out there to be honest because there were quite a lot of teams trying to break up our line and a lot of pushing going on, so for a lot of it we just wanted to make sure we avoided any crashes.  "When it came to the finish we knew we had to be quite powerful to get the position we wanted and I thought the team did that really well. "At the finish, I just saw the two Quick-Step Floors guys go quite early and I was waiting for the wheel and I got on to Alvaro (Hodeg) at about 300m and thankfully when I went for the sprint I had enough to hold everyone off. It was a fairly long 200m though!" On the rest of this week's race: "I'd like another win ideally. I have a great team here to support me. My start of the season was good but my middle part of this year wasn't what I wanted so it would be good to end it strongly.  "But I am expecting it to be hard this week. There's some strong teams here as I say and at some point I expect Trek - Segafredo to try and do something with the strong guys they have in their team, but there's a few teams   "But anyone can win because of the types of finishes we've seen so a lot of it is about positioning and making sure I am in the right place, which thankfully I was today." 53 Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) who finished 2nd, said: "I think the team worked very well for the whole day. They pulled to control the breakaway. At the end I was behind Max (Richeze). I think I perfectly timed my sprint but Bennett was stronger than me. Hopefully I will get another opportunity in the next few days.  "Tomorrow there is a climb before the finish so let's see what happens because we also have strong climbers in the team. Fernando (Gaviria) is home now and it was a real shame to lose him. "I'm just doing my best as always. I think I showed today I'm in good condition and I have to keep trying."   Race report  All photography, credit Brian Hodes / VeloImagesFascinating rows of pirate ships adorn the stunning sea front at Alanya on the southern shores of the Turkey coastline where 137 riders began SporToto stage 2 this morning. The peloton was a man down from yesterday’s start after Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) withdrew from the race because of a broken collarbone.    The breakaway eventually formed after a few failed efforts off the front and a lead group of four riders had established an early advantage. 107 Josu Zabala (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA), 157 Fernando Orjuela (Manzana Postobon), 164 Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise) and 194 Onur Balkan (Turkish National Team) were all in the front group.    The lead stretched out to over 2mins when the race had passed by the 25km mark and at 35km the peloton was beginning to manage the split to the front group of four as the riders went by some of Turkey’s stunning coastline views and beauty spots, one of the many reasons this area of the country is so often vacated by tourists.   The front group’s advantage on the peloton had come down to 1min 40secs and much like yesterday’s first stage it was Quick-Step Floors and BORA-hansgrohe controlling the pack on the front, without any real sign any pressure was being laid down to bring back the lead group.    At today’s only Turkey at Home ‘Beauties of Turkey” prime, it was the country’s own golden boy, 194 Onur Balkan (Turkish National Team), who extended his lead in the competition to four, meaning he took the maximum points and would wear the white jersey for the second successive day when the race starts stage 3 tomorrow.    At km 59.7: “Beauties of Turkey” (Turkey at Home White Jersey competition) 1. (3 pts) 194 Onur Balkan (Turkish National Team) 2. (2 pts) 164 Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise) 3. (1 pts) 157 Fernando Orjuela (Manzana Postobon)   Meanwhile, the advantage of the breakaway had already come down to 55 seconds and with 90km still to race, it was going to take a big effort from them to ensure they stayed away. The leading teams were starting to push on at the front of the peleton, as the gap slowly began to stretch back out to 1min 25secs as they approached the feed station at 74.2km.    The race lead continued to fluctuate and with 60km to go it was back down to around 1min 10secs with the four riders at the front of the race holding their lead at a comfortable distance. The day’s only intermediate sprint was up next and 164 Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise) made an early dart for the line and despite trying to follow his wheel, 107 Josu Zabala (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) couldn't get round.    At 102.7km : Intermediate sprint (Salcano Green Jersey competition): 1. (5 pts, 3 secs) 164 Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise) 2. (3 pts, 2 secs) 107 Josu Zabala (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) 3. (1 pt, 1 sec) 157 Fernando Orjuela (Manzana Postobon)All photography, credit Brian Hodes / VeloImagesAs the race began to enter the last 20km, there was a concerted effort from the leading group to work together to maintain their lead and 107 Josu Zabala (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA), 157 Fernando Orjuela (Manzana Postobon), 164 Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise) and 194 Onur Balkan (Turkish National Team) still led the race. Soon after though and having done lots of turns on the front, it was the Turkish sprinter Balkan who dropped off the front group, happy with his day’s work having secured the white jersey for another day.    As so often the case in stages designed for the sprinting teams, the gap continued to come down with every km as the front three riders began to struggle to hold off the chasing group. It wasn’t long until the breakaway had been reeled in and everyone was back in the bunch with just 9.5km left to race.    This time though it was the Astana train who were trying to control the front. Perhaps getting in position to set up a launch for Ruslan Tleubayev to mount a challenge for the win.    With 5km to go BORA-Hansgrohe came through and after his second place yesterday, 41 Sam Bennett (BORA-Hansgrohe) was hoping to enjoy better fortunes. As the race entered the last 4km he was well placed at the back of his team’s train.    A number of teams were getting ready to set up their sprinters and as the race entered the final 2km, the Quick-Step Floors train slowly moved its way forward, with UAE-Team Emirates and CCC Sprandi Polkowice. The favourites, including Bennett, Richeze and Hodeg were still quite a way back down in the bunch. All photography, credit Brian Hodes / VeloImagesAs the race entered the last km, it was yesterday’s winner, Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) who came through and made an early move. His effort was clearly tactical aiming to lead out his team mate Alvaro Hodeg who was on his wheel and with 300m to go, Hodeg peeled off Richeze, with Sam Bennett (BORA - hansgrohe) on his wheel. Then at 200m, Bennett went round the Colombian and managed to hold his sprint to seal his first win of this year’s Presidential Tour of Turkey. 54th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, 9-14 October 2018 (2.UWT): Stage 1 (sponsored by Turkish Airlines) - Konya › Konya Stage 2 (SporToto) - Alanya › Antalya Stage 3 (Troy) - Fethiye › Marmaris Stage 4 (SporToto) - Marmaris › Selçuk  Stage 5 (Vestel) - Selçuk › Manisa Stage 6 (Salcano) - Bursa › Istanbul  . read full article

Source: Kev Monks