Aidis Kruopis wins Tour of Turkey 2nd Stage Victory and Accident Shocks the Top Guns
Tour of Turkey 2nd Stage: Alanya – Antalya (150.0 km)
49th edition of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey continued today with its 150 km-long 2nd stage. What surprised everyone most, was the great accident at the last kilometres of the stage while the riders were struggling to seize their places for the finish. Almost all of the favourites of the stage fell at the moment of the accident. Lithuanian Aidis Kruopis of Orica-Green Edge, who managed to get himself out of the accident, won the victory of the last sprint. The second place winner was Marco Coledan of Bardone Valvole-CSF Ifox, while the third place was taken by André Greipel. Another Ukranian rider of Torku Şeker Spor, Serguei Grechyn, on the other hand, couldn’t make it to the 3rd place and remained at the 4th place just behind Greipel, despite all his efforts.
The cyclists were a little bit worried because of the rain last night. It even drizzled before the race, but thanks to the unexpected change in the weather, the race was held on dry ground. The attacks that we had witnessed in yesterday’s stage, started to come at the beginning of today as well. The first serious attack came at the 5th km. Just after that, an escape group of 6 was formed by Ahmet Örken of Torku Şeker Spor who is in very good form this season, Koretzky, Ferrari, Gawronski, Quintero and Sano.
The gap between the escape group of 6 including the Turkish cyclist Ahmet Örken and the peloton increased to 5 minutes at the 14th km. At the first 50 kms, the gap couldn’t open much, owing to the efforts of especially Team Argos-Shimano. The race became more and more exciting while the escapees approached the one and only intermediate sprint point of the stage at km 51.
The Sprint Primes ranking at the 51st km was as below:
1 – Clement Koretzky (Bretagne – Séché Environnement)
2 – Junya Sano (Vini Fantini)
3 – Piotr Gawronski (CCC Polsat)
The gap stayed quite stable after the riders passed from the sprint point. Team Argos-Shimano, carrying the leader of the Tour, pulled the gap down to 4’30″ as they lead the peloton. The escapees were just 1 km away from the Turkish Beauties Prime when they came to the 80th km of the stage. That was when Ahmet Örken, despite his young age, had a chance to show everyone how successful he was, one more time. He started his attack at the ideal moment about 200 m to go to the Turkish Beauties Sprint point and won the Turkish Beauties Prime. So he got the first place in the Turkish Beauties Prime GC.