Tour of Turkey Stage 7 Winner is Marcel Kittel – Mustafa Sayar Retains His Lead

27/04/2013  //     //  General Announcements and News ( Bicycle, Triathlon, Athletics, Swimming )

Tour of Turkey 7th Stage: Kusadası – İzmir – 124.0 km

Marcel Kittel of Team Argos-Shimano won the 7th stage of the 49th edition of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. By doing this, Kittel, who had to content himself with the second place when overtaken by Keisse last year at this stage, won two of the three stages that he aimed for since the beginning of TUR 2013. While Italian Andrea Guradini of Astana was the runner-up, Maximiliano Richez of Lampre-Merida took the 3rd place on the podium.   The predictions that today’s stage, which was ran one day after the fantastic victory of Mustafa Sayar, wouldn’t change the GC, came true. As Mustafa Sayar of Torku Şeker Spor wore the GC Leader’s Turquoise Jersey once again, the other Jersey wearers kept their Jerseys as well.

By doing a great team-work and not leaving the struggle all day long, Torku Şeker Spor still holds the 2nd place in Team Classification, which is a great success.   Mustafa Sayar, who is 41 seconds ahead of his closest rival Natnael Berhane and 44 seconds ahead of the GC 3rd place holder Yoann Bagot, has been the leader of the General Classification in Tour of Turkey 2013 since yesterday. So this means, his team-mates will work really hard for Mustafa at tomorrow’s stage as well.   So what happened today?   124.5 km long Kuşadası-İzmir stage of the 49th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey started today at 13:30 in a hot weather again. After the riders entered the borders of İzmir, the first prime point of the day was the Turkish Beauties Prime at km 10, accompanied by Ephesus Ancient City.   The first 3 riders who crossed this early prime point were: 1. Mikhaïl Ignatiev (Katusha) 2. Jos Van Emden (Blanco) 3. Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha)   Ignatiev and Kuznetzov kept their pace for a while ahead of the peloton but at km 20 they joined the pack and continued all together in high tempo. After this km attacks started to come.

At km 30, Vaitkus (OGE), Pasqualon (BAR), Duret (BSE) and De Mesmaeker (TNN) attacked but couldn’t openedthe gap much. 3 more joined them but they were caught after a short time.

At km 34, Di Corrado (BAR), who was the winner of last year’s Turgutreis stage, asolo-attacked, but he got caught too. While approaching the 40th km, an attack attempt came from a group of 6 riders which Torku Şeker didn’t allow.

At km 40, Baptiste Planckaert of Crelan made an unsuccessful attack too.

While getting closer to km 50, the expected breakaway finally occured: Hepburn (OGE), Juul Jensen (SAX), Jarrier (BSE), Mihaylov (CCC), Verschoor (TNN) and Finetto (VIN) managed to power away and they started to increase the gap with the peloton to 22 seconds and they kept the same tempo. So the gap continued increasing.


With 70 kms to go, the gap between the escapees and the peloton was 2 minutes. Meanwhile, Torku Şeker Spor, who was working hard to cary Mustafa Sayar, cycled at the front lines of the peloton since the beginning of the stage. The riders from Argos-Shimano were setting the pace ahead of the peloton and Astana and MTN Qhubeka were joining them too.



61 kms to go, the gap which reached 3’04” started to drop down continuously after this moment.

Until the last 46 kms, Torku Şeker protected Mustafa against a probable accident, by not riding in the middle parts of the peloton. At the back, Ahmet Örken had a flat tyre at those moments.



At km 87.8, the first rider who crossed the first intermediate sprint in Seferihisar was Mauro Finetto of Vini Fantini-Selle Italia.

So the first 3 of the first intermediate sprint:   1. Mauro Finetto  (Vini Fantini – Selle Italia) 2. Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Polsat) 3. Juul Jensen (Saxo-Tinkoff)

The escaping 6 and the peloton decreased and finally dropped down less to than 1 minute at km 20.

With 18 kms to go, the riders were in the city now and they crossed the 2nd intermediate sprint. At that point, Michael Hepburn of Orica-GreenEdge was ahead of all. But the points he gathered were not enough to get the Green Jersey from Greipel.   And the first 3 of the second intermediate sprint: 1. Michael Hepburn (Oreca-GreenEdge) 2. Juul Jensen ((Saxo-Tinkoff) 3. Martijn Verschoor (Novo Nordisk)  

When there were 12 kms left, the gap dropped down to 30 seconds and then it was obvious that the peloton would catch up with them. 5 kms to go, when the gap was 8 seconds, Team Blanco whose two favourite sprinters had to leave the race at the 2nd stage, was still contentious on the front lines. At those moments, Michael Hepburn (OGE) from the escapees, who wanted to win this stage, solo-attacked and the 5 others joined the chase group.

Team Argos-Shimano who worked hard since the beginning of the stage and Team Astana were setting the pace and 4 kms to go they caught Hepburn who was trying to escape alone. With 3 kms to go to the finish, 1 km after they passed by Cumhuriyet Square, 6 riders went to wrong way of the road.     Omega Pharma – Quick Step was ahead of the peloton just before the last stretch. The expected bunched sprint was coming and the competition between the riders in order to seize a place was getting bigger as well.   Getting in the last km, almost all the riders tried to take the sharp turn together, so a little accident happened and around 20 riders had to pause for a moment.

With the last 300 metres to go, abotu 15 riders were riding ahead. Last year’s 6th stage winner Sacha Modolo tried to get in the front, but the first stage winner Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) attacked and became the first one to cross the finish line. Andrea Guardini of Astana and Maximiliano Richeze Ariel of Lampre-Merida followed Kittel and became the second and third, respectively.

49. Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 7th Stage Results:

  Beauty Prime ( 10 km – Ephesus Antique City )

1.  IGNATYEV Mikhail (KAT) 5 pts
2. VAN EMDEN Jos (BLA) 3 pts
3. KUZNETSOV Viacheslav (KAT) 1 pt

  First Sprint Primes ( 87.8 km – Seferihisar )

1.  FINETTO Mauro (VIN) 5 pts
2. MIHAYLOV Nikolay (CCC) 3 pts
3. JUUL JENSEN Christopher (TST) 1 pt

Second Sprint Primes ( 108 km – Şehitlik Mosque )

1.  HEPBURN Michael (OGE) 5 pts
2. JUUL JENSEN Christopher (TST) 3 pts
3. VERSCHOOR Martijn (TNN) 1 pt
Leader’s Jersey: Mustafa Sayar (Torku Şeker Spor)
Mountain Jersey:  Serguei Grechyn (Torku Şeker Spor)
Sprint JerseyAndre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)
Turkish Beauties JerseyMikhail Ignatiev (Katusha)

Stage Classificiation Top-40:   1 71 KITTEL Marcel ARG GER B:10″ 00″ 2 1 GUARDINI Andrea AST ITA B:06″ ‘ ‘ 3 35 RICHEZE ARIEL MaximilianoLAM ARG B:04″ ‘ ‘ 4 194 COQUARD Bryan EUC FRA ‘ ‘ 5 102 COLBRELLI Sonny BAR ITA ‘ ‘ 6 226 KEOUGH Jacob UHC USA ‘ ‘ 7 126 LASCA Francesco CJR ITA ‘ ‘ 8 202 JARC Blaz TNE SLO ‘ ‘ 9 166 PLANCKAERT Baptiste CRE BEL ‘ ‘ 10 54 MAES Nikolas OPQ BEL ‘ ‘ 11 224 ILESIC Aldo Ino UHC SLO ‘ ‘ 12 7 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan AST KAZ ‘ ‘ 13 2 GUARNIERI Jacopo AST ITA ‘ ‘ 14 103 COLEDAN Marco BAR ITA ‘ ‘ 15 165 PEETERS kevin CRE BEL ‘ ‘ 16 81 CANTWELL Jonathan TST AUS ‘ ‘ 17 203 KLUGE Roger TNE GER ‘ ‘ 18 151 ARANGO Juan Sebastian COL COL ‘ ‘ 19 47 ROBERT Frederique LTB BEL ‘ ‘ 20 36 UBETO APONTE Miguel LAM VEN ‘ ‘ 21 96 VAN LANDSCHOOT James AJW BEL ‘ ‘ 22 212 DE MESMAEKER Kevin TNN BEL ‘ ‘ 23 28 TSATEVICH Alexei KAT RUS ‘ ‘ 24 158 VALENCIA GONZALES Juan Pablo COL COL ‘ ‘ 25 55 PAUWELS Serge OPQ BEL ‘ ‘ 26 185 MEDEREL Maxime SOJ FRA ‘ ‘ 27 222 DE MAAR Marc UHC AHO ‘ ‘ 28 216 PERON Andrea TNN ITA ‘ ‘ 29 141 BAGOT Yoann COF FRA ‘ ‘ 30 147 POULHIES Stéphane COF FRA ‘ ‘ 31 6 SEELDRAYERS Kevin AST BEL ‘ ‘ 32 236 MAZZANTI Luca VIN ITA ‘ ‘ 33 76 DE KORT Koen ARG NED ‘ ‘ 34 95 VAN GOOLEN Jurgen AJW BEL ‘ ‘ 35 152 ATAPUMA Darwin COL COL ‘ ‘ 36 56 RABON Frantisek OPQ CZE ‘ ‘ 37 15 HOFLAND Moreno BLA NED ‘ ‘ 38 53 KEISSE Iljo OPQ BEL ‘ ‘ 39 27 PORSEV Alexander KAT RUS ‘ ‘ 40 213 HENTTALA Joonas TNN FIN ‘ ‘     General Classification Top-20: 1 248 SAYAR Mustafa TRK TUR 26h29’28” 00″ 2 191 BERHANE Natnael EUC ERI 26h30’09” 41″ 3 141 BAGOT Yoann COF FRA 26h30’12” 44″ 4 185 MEDEREL Maxime SOJ FRA 26h30’25” 57″ 5 143 EDET Nicolas COF FRA 26h30’28” 01’00” 6 61 MEYER Cameron OGE AUS 26h30’30” 01’02” 7 152 ATAPUMA Darwin COL COL 26h30’36” 01’08” 8 111 GUILLOU Florian BSE FRA 26h30’37” 01’09” 9 121 ANDONOV PETROV DanailCJR BUL 26h30’41” 01’13” 10 88 SUTHERLAND Rory TST AUS 26h30’43” 01’15” 11 6 SEELDRAYERS Kevin AST BEL 26h31’03” 01’35” 12 204 PIMANTA COSTA MENDES José Joao TNE POR 26h31’04” 01’36” 13 55 PAUWELS Serge OPQ BEL 26h31’08” 01’40” 14 181 FEILLU Brice SOJ FRA 26h31’29” 02’01” 15 222 DE MAAR Marc UHC AHO 26h31’35” 02’07” 16 236 MAZZANTI Luca VIN ITA 26h32’02” 02’34” 17 5 KASHECHKIN Andrey AST KAZ 26h32’06” 02’38” 18 73 BARGUIL Warren ARG FRA 26h32’07” 02’39” 19 107 PAGANI Angelo BAR ITA 26h33’32” 04’04” 20 243 DE LA FUENTE RASILLA David TRK ESP 26h33’50” 04’22”

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