Richeze Wins Tour Of Turkey Opener

09 October 2018 11:43
Max Richeze of Quick Step has won the opening stage of the 54th Presidential Tour of Turkey. The race, put pack from April due to security concerns, started with a 150km stage that started and finished in Konya. Five riders in Sessler (BBH), Barrenetxea (EUS), Txoperena (EUS), Van Rooy (SVB), Samli (TUR) broke with Van Rooy taking the first sprint on a day of temperatures around 28/29 degrees. Their lead maxed at 2.20 but was at 1.13 with 43.7kms to go. Txoperena took the three points on the category three climb after 108.2kms as the gap hovered around the one-minute mark. Going into the final twenty kilometres and the break was only 16 seconds ahead with Quick Step and Bora Hansgrohe chasing on. The break was caught and an attack by the Turkish champion Balkan failed as they went into the Turkish Beauty Sprint with ten kilometres to go. Balkan attacked again and took the sprint ahead of Alvaro Hodeg of Quick Step and briefly led. Gaviria crashed with 3.7kms to go and got up holding his collarbone, following a touch of wheels. Bora Hansgrohe continued on the front before Quick Step moved up and led going under the flam rouge. Richeze was supposed to be leading out Gaviriad but was allowed to go and took the win in 3.29.34 ahead of Sam Bennett of Bora Hansgrohe.       . read full article

Source: Kev Monks