Tour of Turkey Stage 5: Andre Greipel Keeps Storming Ahead

25/04/2013  //     //  Genel Duyuru ve Haberler ( Bisiklet, Triatlon, Atletizm, Yüzme )


Tour of Turkey 5th Stage: Marmaris – Turgutreis (183.0 km)



Andre Greipel was the first rider to cross the finish line at the 5th stage of the Tour owing to his attack at the last 500 metres. The German sprinter of Lotto-Belisol showed no mercy to the others at the sprint contention at the last part of the longest stage of the Tour. After the stage, the General Classification Standings remained the same as yesterday and Natnael Berhane kept the Turquoise Jersey while our national cyclist Mustafa Sayar kept the 3rd place in GC before tomorrow’s stage with a climb profile.


By the way, we’d like to point out Torku Şeker Spor‘s performance so far. Torku Şeker Spor which is the one and only Continental Team participating in the Tour, has the 2nd place at the Teams Classification at the moment. Besides, since the beginning of the race, at least one rider of the Turkish team gets on the podium every day. So it would be fair to say that Torku Şeker Spor is the most successful Turkish team ever in the history of the Tour of Turkey.



And here’s what happened today…


The 5th and longest stage of the 49th edition of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey started today in Marmaris in a sunny weather. 4 riders including Manuel Cardoso of Caja Rural who was injured at the accident which happened yesterday couldn’t start today’s race.


The first attack came from Nico Sijmens of Cofidis at the early moments of the stage. At km 21, the first escape group was formed with a gap of 2’05”. After a while, the gap between the peloton and the escape group of 3 started to drop down. But when the first 30 kms were cycled, all of the 4 jersey wearers were among the peloton consisting of 70 riders and at those moments, the gap with the 3rd group increased to 3’55”.



The escape group of three, comprising Pauwels (OPQ), Bagot (COF) and Bakırcı (TRK) broke away but Nazım Bakırcı of Torku had a flat tyre, so he had to drop behind. The successful rider of Torku Şeker Spor, Serguei Grechyn who wears the Red Jersey, attacked and chased the leading riders, Pauwels and Bagot, with a gap of 11 seconds. But when they came to the Mountains Prime at km 36.4, Grechyn, whose name we’ve often been hearing since the beginning of the Tour especially at the climbs, managed to cross the prime point at the first place. So, he guaranteed wearing the Red Jersey at tomorrow’s race as well.


The first 3 ranking of today’s King of the Mountains was:

1. Serguei Grechyn (Torku Şeker Spor)

2. Serge Pauwels (Omega-Pharma)

3. Yohann Bagot (Cofidis)


After this point, these 3, were caught by the main group including stage 4 winner, Andre Greipel.


When the riders came to km 54.5 for the Intermediate Sprint at the descent of the first climb, Nazım Bakırcı of Torku Şeker Spor was the first name to pass from there, followed by Barguil (ARG) and Duret (BSE)


So this stage’s sprint primes points were given to:

1. Nazım Bakırcı (Torku Şeker Spor)

2. Warren Barguil (Argos Shimano)

3. Sebastien Duret (Bretagne-Seche)


In the following minutes, a new escape was made by a group of 8 comprsing Juul Jensen (TST), Pagani (BAR), Duret (BSE), Levarlet (COF), Quintero (COL), De Maar (UHC), Belkov (KAT) and Bakirci (TRK) and they increased the gap  to 3’09”. When 80 kms of the stage was left behind, it reached 4 minutes, then dropped down to 3’40”, but 20 km later, it increased again to 4’10”. Meanwhile, the gap with the group at the back remained stable.



65 km to go to the finish, while the riders were approaching Muğla, the chase group kept following the escapees with a gap of 3’16” and the gap with the peloton was 8’55”. 55 kms to go, the gap dropped down to 2’30” and 8’40”. At the last 52 kms, the escaping 8 attacked again. While 4 of them increased the gap to 10 seconds, Nazım Bakırcı, Pagani and Quintero dropped behind. De Maar of United Health Care, on the other hand, dropped behind as well and started to wait for the peloton. A conflict occured among these 3 riders and Nazım and Pagani attacked seperately and caught up with the escape group of 4.



When they came to the last 45 kms, the gap between the escape group of 7 and the peloton including the leader’s jersey was 2’30”. At those moments, Maxim Belkov of Katusha solo-attacked and no one could respond to it. After that, Pagani and Quintero dropped behind and the escape group was splitted.



Last 40 kms to go, the gap between Belkov ahead and the group including Nazım Bakırcı increased to 24 seconds while the gap between Belkov and peloton was 2’50”. Just 2 kms later, Pagani set a good pace again and joined the 5, chasing Belkov.



Whe they came to the last 33 kms, Maxim Belkov, opened the gap between him and the chasing group of 6 to 1’21”, while the peloton was following him from 3’16” behind. Team Europcar started to lead the peloton in order to decrease the gap with Belkov, who created a good time advantage for himself for the leadership of General Classification. Though Nazım Bakırcı made another attack 24 kms to go, only Pagani from the chase group was left behind. At the last 22 kms, the gap between Maxim Belkov and the chase group was 2’24”, and the gap between him and the peloton was 3’02”. 21 kms to go, one more attack came from Nazım Bakırcı and Bakırcı (TRK) and Levarlet (COF) were the only ones to remain in the chase group just before they were caught by the peloton.



The winner of the Turkish Beauties Prime at km 165 was Maxim Belkov with his solo-lead and the first 3 names to cross the Turkish Beauties Prime were;

1. Maxim Belkov (Katusha)

2. FranciscoJavier Moreno (Caja Rural)

3. Thomas Damuseau (Argos-Shimano)


When they came to the last 15 kms, while passing by Bodrum, the gap between Maxim Belkov and the peloton decreased more and became 1’42”. With 9 kms to go, the gap dropped down to less than 1 minute and 8 kms to go an attack came from David De La Fuente of Torku Şeker Spor and this attack, which was made at the climb, increased the peloton’s speed. Kevin Seeldrayers and Natnael Berhane followed him with an unsuccessful attack, then Serguei Grechyn of Torku Şeker Spor attacked followed by 2 other riders.



At the last 6 kms, the 3 escapees increased the gap with the peloton to 10 seconds. The attack of t the escape group comprising Grechyn (TRK), Kashechkin (AST) and Schillinger (TNE) was ineffective and they were caught at the last 2 kms.


When they were approaching the peak of the climb at last 2 kms to go, Filippo Pozzato started his solo-attack and got ahead of the peloton, but got caught by the peloton at the last 500 metres. Then we witnessed a usual scene as Andre Greipel started his attack, and though it was a bunched sprint finish as expected, he crossed the finish line at the first place easily.





49. Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 5th Stage Results:



King Primes ( 36.4 km – CAT 1 )


1.  Serguei Grechyn (Torku Şeker Spor) 10 pts
2. Serge Pauwels (Omega-Pharma) 7 pts
3. Yohann Bagot (Cofidis) 5 pts
4. Nazım Bakırcı (Torku Şeker Spor) 3 pt
5. David De La Fuente (Torku Şeker Spor) 1 pt



Sprint Primes ( 54.5 km – Muğla )

1.  Nazım Bakırcı (Torku Şeker Spor) 5 pts
2. Warren Barguil (Argos Shimano) 3 pts
3. Sebastien Duret (Brétégne-Séché) 1 pt


Beauty Prime ( 165.3 km – Gümbet )

1.  Maxim Belkov (Katusha) 5 pts
2. Javier Moreno (Caja Rujal) 3 pts
3. Thomas Damuseau (Argos Shimano) 1 pt




Leader’s Jersey: Natnael Berhane (Europcar)
Mountain Jersey: Serguei Grechyn (Torku Şeker Spor)   

Sprint JerseyAndré Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)

Turkish Beauties JerseyMikhail Ignatiev (Katusha)




Stage Classificiation Top-40:



1 41 GREIPEL André LTB GER B:10″ 00″

2 58 TRENTIN Matteo OPQ ITA B:06″ ‘ ‘

3 72 ARNDT Nikias ARG GER B:04″ ‘ ‘

4 21 PAOLINI Luca KAT ITA ‘ ‘

5 94 VAN DIJK Stefan AJW NED ‘ ‘

6 232 ANDRIATO Rafael VIN BRA ‘ ‘

7 114 FONSECA Armindo BSE FRA ‘ ‘

8 207 SCHORN Daniel TNE AUT ‘ ‘

9 102 COLBRELLI Sonny BAR ITA ‘ ‘

10 185 MEDEREL Maxime SOJ FRA ‘ ‘

11 187 TALABARDON Yannick SOJ FRA ‘ ‘

12 233 DE NEGRI Pier Paolo VIN ITA ‘ ‘

13 245 KAL Mirac TRK TUR ‘ ‘

14 17 VAN EMDEN Jos BLA NED ‘ ‘

15 117 LEQUATRE Geoffroy BSE FRA ‘ ‘

16 215 MEGIAS LEAL Javier TNN ESP ‘ ‘

17 121 ANDONOV PETROV Danail CJR BUL ‘ ‘


19 228 SUMMERHILL Daniel UHC USA ‘ ‘

20 148 SIJMENS Nico COF BEL ‘ ‘

21 171 CIOLEK Gerald MTN GER ‘ ‘



24 26 KUZNETSOV Viacheslav KAT RUS ‘ ‘

25 191 BERHANE Natnael EUC ERI ‘ ‘

26 95 VAN GOOLEN Jurgen AJW BEL ‘ ‘

27 112 DION Renaud BSE FRA ‘ ‘

28 222 DE MAAR Marc UHC AHO ‘ ‘

29 143 EDET Nicolas COF FRA ‘ ‘

30 152 ATAPUMA Darwin COL COL ‘ ‘

31 176 VAN NIEKERK Dennis MTN RSA ‘ ‘

32 141 BAGOT Yoann COF FRA ‘ ‘

33 37 VIGANO Davide LAM ITA ‘ ‘

34 111 GUILLOU Florian BSE FRA ‘ ‘

35 214 LOZANO RIBA David TNN ESP ‘ ‘

36 135 KUREK Adrian CCC POL ‘ ‘

37 61 MEYER Cameron OGE AUS ‘ ‘

38 236 MAZZANTI Luca VIN ITA ‘ ‘

39 181 FEILLU Brice SOJ FRA ‘ ‘

40 34 POZZATO Filippo LAM ITA ‘ ‘





General Classification Top-20:

1 191 BERHANE Natnael EUC ERI 19h09’13” 00″

2 6 SEELDRAYERS Kevin AST BEL 19h09’23” 10″

3 248 SAYAR Mustafa TRK TUR 19h09’25” 12″

4 185 MEDEREL Maxime SOJ FRA 19h09’39” 26″

5 88 SUTHERLAND Rory TST AUS 19h09’47” 34″

6 141 BAGOT Yoann COF FRA ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

7 61 MEYER Cameron OGE AUS ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

8 111 GUILLOU Florian BSE FRA 19h09’51” 38″

9 152 ATAPUMA Darwin COL COL 19h09’53” 40″

10 143 EDET Nicolas COF FRA 19h09’56” 43″

11 121 ANDONOV PETROV DanailCJR BUL 19h10’00” 47″

12 204 PIMANTA COSTA MENDES José Joao TNE POR 19h10’02” 49″

13 55 PAUWELS Serge OPQ BEL 19h10’25” 01’12”

14 5 KASHECHKIN Andrey AST KAZ 19h10’26” 01’13”

15 236 MAZZANTI Luca VIN ITA 19h10’33” 01’20”

16 181 FEILLU Brice SOJ FRA ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

17 73 BARGUIL Warren ARG FRA 19h10’38” 01’25”

18 222 DE MAAR Marc UHC AHO 19h10’49” 01’36”

19 155 CHALAPUD Robinson Eduardo COL COL 19h11’42” 02’29”

20 107 PAGANI Angelo BAR ITA 19h12’03” 02’50”


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