Tour d’Azerbaidjan 2nd Stage – Sergiy Grechyn and Torku Şeker Conquers the Caucasus Mountains

02/05/2013  //     //  Road Bike, Road Bike News

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd stage of Tour d’Azerbaidjan, has started today at 10:30 local time, from the Bike Park in Baku, whose construction finished just last week. The 185 km-long stage which had a demanding climb profile, was one of the decisive stages for the climbers. At this stage, the riders passed by the Shamaki Rayon and headed to the Great Caucasus Mountains and finished the stage in İsmayilli. The first name to cross the finish line was Sergiy Grechyn of Torku Şeker Spor, and Oleksandr Surutkovych of Baku Cycling Project and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev of Astana followed him to the podium.

 

 

 

Since 6 riders left the race and 9 riders exceeded the time limit at today’s stage, tomorrow there will be 15 riders less than today.

 

Let’s see what happened at today’s stage…

 

An escape group of 5 occured just at the beginning of the stage and they opened a gap of 1 minute with the main pack. After a while, one more rider joined the group, including the wearer of the Red Jersey, Fonte Cesar and Hernani Broco of Efapel, and they became a group of 6.

 

The first hour of the stage was over when Fonte Cesar and Hernani Broco were ahead of the group and they increased the gap with the main pack to 12 minutes. Meanwhile the wearer of the Best Young Rider’s Jersey, Maarten Van Trijp, was also among the escapees.

 

After the 100th km of the stage, there were 22 escapees and the gap increased to 4 minutes, and the group kept escaping in the lead of Cesar Fonte of EfapelSergiy Grechyn of Torku Şeker and Eichin Asafov of Baku Cycling.

 

Grechyn, who told that he felt his legs open after the 90th km, delivered a quite good performance despite the stomach problem, which his team-mate Mustafa Sayar, who had to leave the race, had experienced yesterday as well. On the other hand, today Nazım Bakırcı of Torku had some problems in his stomach too, but still he managed to finish the stage on time and this was quite a success. At those moments, Christoph Schweizer who was wearing the Red Jersey and Oleksandr Surytkovych of Baku Cycling were among the leading names of the escape. The gap between them and the main pack first increased to 5:30, and then reached 10 minutes.

 

 

After the end of the Mountains Prime point at km 153, 2 leading riders, Reinis Andrijanovs of Alpha Baltic and Zhandos Bizhigitov of Team Astana, opened the gap with the second group to 5 minutes while they were 7 minutes ahead of the main group. With the last 20 kms to go, at the descent, Eichin Asadov, Luke Davidson and Alxei Tsikhanau joined them as well and they continued the escape as a group of 5.

 

French Damien Monier of Bridgestone Anchor joined Sergiy Grechyn of Torku Şeker Spor, who made an incredible attack with 15 km to go and they formed an escape group of 2 ahead. When the gap with the second group reached 2 minutes, they were 11’30” ahead of the main pack.

 

Sergiy Grecyhn solo-attacked at the last climb in order to win the stage and by crossing the finish line 51 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Ukrainian Oleksandr Surutkovych of Synergy Baku Cycling Project, he became the GC leader and wore the Leader’s Blue Jersey with a timing of 8:15:15 on total. The 3rd place was won by Astana Continental Team’s Kazakh rider, Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour d’Azerbaidjan 2nd Stage Results:

 

Stage Classification:


 

1  GRECHYN Sergiy Torku Şeker Spor
2  SURUTKOVYCH Oleksandr Synergy Baku Cycling Project
3  KOZHATAYEV Bakhtiyar Continental Team Astana
4  MONIER Damien Team Bridgestone Anchor
5  VILELA Ricardo Efapel – Glassdrive
6  ANDRIJANOVS Reinis Alpha Baltic – Unitymarathons.com
7  BIZHIGITOV Zhandos Continental Team Astana
8  HATSUYAMA Sho Team Bridgestone Anchor
9  VAN DER HAAR Lars Rabobank Development Team
10  PAKHTUSOV Anatoliy ISD Continental Team

 


 

General Classification After Stage 2:

1  GRECHYN Sergiy Torku Şeker Spor
2  SURUTKOVYCH Oleksandr Synergy Baku Cycling Project
3  KOZHATAYEV Bakhtiyar Continental Team Astana
4  MONIER Damien Team Bridgestone Anchor
5  VILELA Ricardo Efapel – Glassdrive
6  ANDRIJANOVS Reinis Alpha Baltic – Unitymarathons.com
7  BIZHIGITOV Zhandos Continental Team Astana
8  HATSUYAMA Sho Team Bridgestone Anchor
9  VAN DER HAAR Lars Rabobank Development Team
10  PAKHTUSOV Anatoliy ISD Continental Team

 

Jerseys:

Race Leader: Sergiy Grechyn (Torku Şeker Spor)
King of the Mountain: Ricardo Vilela (Efapel – Glassdrive)
Sprint: Christoph Schweizer (Synergy Baku Cycling Project)
Best Azerbaijani Rider: Elchin Asadov (Synergy Baku Cycling Project)
Best Young Rider: Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Continental Team Astana)

 

 

 

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