Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

Stage 1) Istanbul - Tekirdag

TR Turkey, Tuesday 16 April 2019
160 km

Tour of Turkey: Jakobsen in the mix

Tour of Turkey: Jakobsen in the mix

The 55th Tour of Turkey – whose parcours mirrors the one of the inaugural edition, held in 1963 – rolled out from Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square and headed to Tekirdag, a small town located on the northern coast of the Sea of Marmara.

World Team Classification leader Deceuninck – Quick-Step took responsibility from the start and sent Eros Capecchi to the front of the field, who put in a tremendous amount of work and led the chase behind the six escapees, bringing them back ahead of the final classified climb, which came with 14 kilometers to go and averaged 4.3% over 2100 meters. There, neo-pro Remco Evenepoel – who is making his first outing since Bredene Koksijde Classic – stepped in and expertly shut down several attempts launched by riders who tried to give the peloton the slip on the fast descent to the finish.

The sprint was a nervous affair, but Deceuninck – Quick-Step muscled their way to the front of the field and put into Fabio Jakobsen, who came over the line second, behind Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe), giving the team its 45th top 3 finish of the season. 

Fabio, who arrived at the start of the Tour of Turkey fresh off his impressive win at Scheldeprijs, gave his thoughts on the finale: “It was quite hectic, with the speed really high. The entire team did a great job today and not repaying them for their work with a victory leaves me disappointed. Max and Alvaro (ed. tenth on the stage) offered me a perfect lead-out, but I went a bit too early and that cost me in the end. On the other hand, the form and motivation are there and I will keep on fighting in the next stages.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
3:32:34
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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4 Eduard-Michael Grosu
Delko Marseille Provence
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5 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Luca Pacioni
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
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7 Imerio Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
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8 Christophe Noppe
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
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9 Giovanni Lonardi
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
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10 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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44 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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46 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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48 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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51 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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83 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
3:32:24
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
0:06
4 Lorenzo Fortunato
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
0:07
5 Álvaro Robredo Crespo
Burgos-BH
0:08
6 Lindsay De Vylder
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:09
7 Eduard-Michael Grosu
Delko Marseille Provence
0:10
8 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
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9 Luca Pacioni
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
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10 Imerio Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
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13 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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46 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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48 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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50 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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53 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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85 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
15 pt
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
13 pt
4 Eduard-Michael Grosu
Delko Marseille Provence
12 pt
5 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
11 pt
6 Luca Pacioni
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
10 pt
7 Imerio Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
9 pt
8 Christophe Noppe
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
8 pt
9 Giovanni Lonardi
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
7 pt
10 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Lindsay De Vylder
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
3 pt
2 Valerio Conti
UAE-Team Emirates
3 pt
3 Aaron Van Poucke
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
2 pt
4 Lucas De Rossi
Delko Marseille Provence
2 pt
5 Halil İbrahim Doğan
Turkey
1 pt
6 Emerson Oronte
Rally UHC Cycling
1 pt
1 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 10:37:42
2 UAE-Team Emirates ,,
3 Manzana Postobon ,,
4 Deceuninck - Quick Step ,,
5 Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè ,,
6 Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise ,,
7 BORA - hansgrohe ,,
8 Burgos-BH ,,
9 Astana Pro Team ,,
10 Delko Marseille Provence ,,

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