Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

Stage 6) Sakarya - Istanbul

TR Turkey, Sunday 21 April 2019
172.4 km

Tour of Turkey: Jakobsen podiums in Istanbul

Tour of Turkey: Jakobsen podiums in Istanbul

Since 2016, when the Tour of Turkey decided to bring down the curtain over the race in Istanbul, the new finish was anything but straightforward, with a section at 5%, some tight corners and even cobblestones peppering the last 1500 meters and making for a really messy affair, despite the sprinters’ teams trying to keep everything together.

On Sunday’s stage 6, which took off from Sakarya, Deceuninck – Quick-Step kept the five-man breakaway on a leash, with the likes of Eros Capecchi and Davide Martinelli, who did a superb job in chasing down the escapees and reeling them in five kilometers from home. Michael Mørkøv then took over, opening the way for Max Richeze to put Fabio Jakobsen in a perfect position at the bottom of the climb.

The stage 2 winner then launched a powerful surge to close down an attack of Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe), which he succeeded in bringing back with 400 meters to go, but was overtaken by Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) before the final two bends, as the road flattened. Despite this big effort on the leg-sapping gradients of Istanbul’s old town, Fabio still had enough left in the tank to notch second, as the peloton came over the line in pieces, fragmented by the fast pace on the climb to the finish.

Jakobsen gave his thoughts at the end of the stage: “It was quite technical and tough today. When Bennett went, I tried to go at my own pace up the climb, because it was quite long. Over the top I managed to make the catch, but Ewan was stronger on these gradients. Nevertheless, I am content with my result; the team did a great job, brought me to the front when it mattered and that helped me finish again in the top 3. With one victory against two of the world’s best sprinters and two podiums, I am quite happy with my week.”

Remco Evenepoel was the highest-placed finisher of Deceuninck – Quick-Step in the general classification, in just his second World Tour event of the season. The 19-year-old, whose brave and aggressive display on the queen stage didn’t go unnoticed, was fourth after six stages and became the youngest rider this season to conclude a World Tour race in the top 5 overall, a remarkable achievement considering he became a pro at the start of the year, when he made the step from the junior ranks.

Following the Tour of Turkey – the season’s 17th World Tour stop – Deceuninck – Quick-Step retained its spot at the top of the UCI World Team Classification, which our squad will now lead for an astonishing 57th week in a row.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
4:10:41
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
0:04
4 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:08
6 Enrique Sanz Unzué
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
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7 Christophe Noppe
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
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8 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Imerio Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
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10 Eduard Michael Grosu
Delko Marseille Provence
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11 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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37 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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65 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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84 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:08
100 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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105 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
24:53:58
2 Valerio Conti
UAE-Team Emirates
0:19
3 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin
Astana Pro Team
0:25
4 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:53
5 Edgar Pinto
W52 / FC Porto
0:59
6 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
1:12
7 Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia
Manzana Postobon
1:26
8 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
1:29
9 Mauro Finetto
Delko Marseille Provence
1:31
10 Kyle Murphy
Rally UHC Cycling
1:42
16 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:08
63 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:59
72 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:54
79 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:59
83 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:29
95 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:35
1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
70 pt
2 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
55 pt
3 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
54 pt
4 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
40 pt
5 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
40 pt
6 Christophe Noppe
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
32 pt
7 Valerio Conti
UAE-Team Emirates
27 pt
8 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
24 pt
9 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
22 pt
10 Enrique Sanz Unzué
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
22 pt
24 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
25 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
51 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Thimo Willems
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
16 pt
2 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
15 pt
3 Valerio Conti
UAE-Team Emirates
13 pt
4 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin
Astana Pro Team
8 pt
5 Lindsay De Vylder
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
5 pt
6 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
7 Lucas De Rossi
Delko Marseille Provence
5 pt
8 Mauricio Moreira Guarino
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
4 pt
9 Umberto Marengo
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
3 pt
10 Ramūnas Navardauskas
Delko Marseille Provence
3 pt
1 Manzana Postobon 74:47:35
2 Delko Marseille Provence 1:21
3 Astana Pro Team 1:25
4 Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM 2:07
5 W52 / FC Porto 2:54
6 Rally UHC Cycling 5:52
7 Team Dimension Data 7:27
8 BORA - hansgrohe 8:30
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step 8:35
10 Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè 10:49

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