Ulissi wins in Turkey to take lead, Yates best in Iran: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 14, 2017

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Ulissi wins stage 4 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey

by VeloClub

Italian rider Diego Ulissi jumped to the top of the general classification in the Presidential Tour of Turkey on Friday, proving strongest on the uphill finish at Selcuk.

The UAE Team Emirates rider beat Jesper Hansen (Astana) by five seconds and Daniel Martinez (Wilier Triestina) by nine, moving into pole position with two days left to go. As predicted by Sam Bennett himself, the triple stage winner was unable to defend his race lead, although he is still best in the points classification.

“I knew that on a finish like this everyone would look to us to take control,” Ulissi said. “My team mates did a big job today. In the end, I was afraid that there would be little selection. Niemiec did a great job towards the end and in the final km I managed to do a good sprint. There weren’t many of us.”

Soon after the start in Marmaris Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli) and Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani CSF) opened a gap and were then joined by Danilo Celano (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) at the front. Ludovic Robeet (WB Veranclassic), Alberto Cecchin (Wilier Triestina) and Ferit Can Samli (Turkey) also bridged, and together these took the points on the day’s first mountain. Celano was first to the top, taking over the lead of the mountains classification, but the break was hauled back before the second limb. Overnight KOM leader Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF) was best there, but in taking second Celano ended the day with the jersey.

The battle for the stage played out on the final climb and there Ulissi played things perfectly, surging ahead towards the end and taking the stage plus the overall lead. He is five seconds clear of Hansen, and said that winning overall would be ‘really important’ for him and the team.

Stage 4: Marmaris > Selcuk - Stage Result

Friday 13th October 2017

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MARTINEZ Daniel Felipe
Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia

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