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by Shane Stokes

October 16, 2017

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Theuns wins final stage of Tour of Turkey, Ulissi takes overall

by Shane Stokes

Diego Ulissi sealed victory on the final stage of the Presidential Tour of Turkey on Sunday, finishing sixth on the final stage in Istanbul and thus successfully safeguarding the race leader’s jersey he took on Friday. The Italian UAE Team Emirates rider ended the WorldTour race 12 seconds ahead of Astana’s Jesper Hansen and 24 up on Fausto Masnada (Androni-Sidermec Bottecchia).

“It’s a very important win because it’s WorldTour, a one week stage race, and I have demonstrated that physically I’ve matured a lot in these past years,” he said. “I’m very happy with what I’ve done this year, with this race and the win in Montreal. Next year I’ll try to build on this.”

The final stage went to Trek-Segafredo’s Edward Theuns, who previously played second fiddle to Sam Bennett in the sprints for much of the race. Bennett underlined his superiority on Saturday when he raced to his fourth stage win, but took the final corner too quickly on Sunday’s concluder and hit the deck. Theuns was first to the line, beating Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-hansgrohe) and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni-Sidermec Bottecchia), while a bruised Bennett finished well back in 54th place.

“We were on top of the climb, and we had a little gap,” said Theuns, describing the finale. “I was a bit surprised that Bennett took over. He went ahead of me on the last corner, but he crashed, and I could handle the bike and get around him. Pelucchi didn’t have so much power left, so I took his slipstream and went past and looked back. I saw I had a slight gap, and I could enjoy the victory.”

Bennett’s crash meant that he lost the sprint classification jersey he had worn since the opening day. “The green jersey is a bonus,” said Theuns. “I didn’t count on it. Bennett won four stages so it’s strange to take the green jersey on the last stage.”

Stage 5: Selcuk > Izmir - Stage Result

Saturday 14th October 2017

1. ie
BENNETT Sam
BORA - hansgrohe
04:06:51
2. tr
ÖRKEN Ahmet
Turkey
-
3. it
CONSONNI Simone
UAE Team Emirates
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Stage 6: Istanbul > Istanbul - Stage Result

Sunday 15th October 2017

1. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
03:24:32
2. it
PELUCCHI Matteo
BORA - hansgrohe
-
3. it
GAVAZZI Francesco
Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
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