Sam Bennett wins opening stage of Tour of Turkey (Video)

Sam Bennett wins opening stage of Tour of Turkey



Bora-Hansgrobe’s rider, Sam Bennett, just won the opening stage of Tour of Turkey leaving behind Theuns and Benfatto.


Bennett, 26, is now enjoying a successful period on his career named as the best sprinter of the Yesterday’s race in the Presidential Tour of Turkey right after winning the Münsterland Giro in Germany a week ago. He is also a stage winner in this season’s Paris-Nice event and two other stages in the Tour of Slovenia along with two stages in the Czech Cycling Tour earlier this year.


He beat Italian rider, Marco Benfatto and Belgian Edward Thenus sprinting to the victory leaving them with second and third place respectively. Yesterday’s 170 km stage from Alanya to Kemer was relatively flat. However, once the race started, sprint skills went on display making six riders forming the day’s escape group.


The elite riders were: Onur Balkan, Batuhan Özgür (Turkey national team), Alex Turrin (Wilier), Vincenzo Albanese and Simone Sterbini (Bardiani CSF), Flavio Santos (Soul Brasil Cycling).

The Tour of Turkey has now the WorldTour status, however, it seems the tour organizers have been unable to attract more than four WorldTour teams.

Results of stage 1


Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe in 3-57-26

Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni-Sidermec-Bottechia

Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo

Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates

Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani-CSF

Niklay Trisov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo

Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo

Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Hansgrohe

Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni-Sidermec-Bottechia

Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice, all same time


General classification after stage one


Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe

Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni-Sidermec-Bottechia, at 4 secs

Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo, at 6 secs



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