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Bennett best in Turkey, Hofland in Famenne Ardenne Classic: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 12, 2017

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Bennett doubles up with stage 2 win at Presidential Tour of Turkey

by Shane Stokes

A day after taking the opening stage of the Presidential Tour of Turkey, Sam Bennett proved fastest again when he won stage two to Fethiye. The Irish Bora-hansgrohe sprinter comfortably beat Edward Theuns (Trek – Segafredo), Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team), Marco Benfatto (Androni – Sidermec) and the rest of the bunch to the line.

“We couldn’t be 1-2-3 into the last corner like we wanted to, but we got onto Trek’s wheel which was a good position,” he said. “A gap opened in the final. I didn’t know if he [Theuns] was going to let the wheel go, or take a run at him. But I decided to go early, and he decided to take a run at his last man. And then, when he hit the front, I tried to hit the front also. I wanted to go pretty early again today. It’s my eighth win this season. I’m really happy about this.”

The anticipated long distance break was established after 15 kilometres, with Onur Balkan (Turkish national team) and Mirco Maestri (Bardiani–CSF) getting away and sharing the Beauties of Turkey sprint and the category 2 climb at kilometre 59.6 between them. They built a four-minute lead, but Murilo Affonso (Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team) was nevertheless able to bridge across.

Maestri and Affonso then pushed ahead without Balkan, while behind Sergei Chernetckii (Astana) crashed out of the race. He was tenth in the recent Il Lombardia and had been tipped as a GC contender.

The sprinters’ teams ramped up the pace in the finale, chipping away at the leader’s advantage and hauling them back. Bennett marked the Trek team and, buoyed by his confidence boost on stage one, had little problem in taking the sprint.

Stage 2: Kumlica > Fethiye - Stage Result

Wednesday 11th October 2017

1. ie
BENNETT Sam
BORA - hansgrohe
06:02:06
2. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
-
3. it
MINALI Riccardo
Astana Pro Team
-

Today’s feature image is from stage two of the Presidential Tour of Turkey and is by the Cor Vos agency.

  • Avuncular

    That cover shot, while breathtaking, is all wrong. Turkey is lurching strongly to the “right”.

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