Tour of Iran 4th Stage – The Winner is Alois Kankovsky Again

25/05/2013  //     //  Road Bike, Road Bike News

 

 

 

The 4th stage of the 28th Iran International Cycling Tour started in the city of Khoy, which is also known as the “sunflower” city of Iran. At the end of the stage which the riders had to finish in a quite hot weather, the leader remained same and Alois Kankovsky (ASC Dukla Praha) became the winner, Marcel Kalz (Rudy Project) was second and Mohamed Harrif Saleh (Terengganu) took the third place. Thus, Kankovsky will wear the Golden Jersey again tomorrow.

 

 

 

The start area was near the tomb of Shamsi Tabrizi, who was the close friend and teacher of Rumi. Before the stage started, we asked Elchin Asadov about his thoughts on the stage. The rider answered, “It will be a challenging and hot race,” and then he added smiling, “I hope that Brisaspor wins this stage.”

 

Brisaspor before the start

 

The stage started at a very hot point and the temperature rised even more as the time went on. The riders crossed 3 intermediate sprints at the 152 km-long stage and reached the finish in Aras Free Zone. They passed by the city of Marand and the public showed much interest to the race.

 

 

At the first 5 km, Sergey Luchshenko (Kazakhstan National) and Abdelkader Belmokhtar (Algeria National) broke away. When we came to the city of Marand, Hamid Shiri (Urmia Municipality) solo attacked and he increased teh gap to 2’50”.

 

Sergey Luchshenko and Abdelkader Belmokhtar’s attack

 

Hamid Shiri

 

Hamid Shiri, who crossed the last two intermediate sprints alone, joined the peloton 2 kms after the last intermediate sprint. Since the stage had a flat profile, it finished with a bunched sprint again. By being the first name to cross the finish line again, Alois Kankovsky kept his led. Marcel Kalz and Mohamed Harrif Saleh followed him, respectively.

 

 

50 m to go to the finish, Marcel Kalz of Rudy Project rode right in front of Ali Rıza Tanrıverdi of Brisaspor, so the riders of Brisaspor had objections about this move. The referees said that they would observe the photos.

 

1st Intermediate Sprint:

1. SHIRI Hamid – UMT (3 puan)

2. LUCHSHENKO Sergey – KAZ (2 puan)

3. HASANIN Omar – SYR (1 puan)

 

2nd Intermediate Sprint:

1. SHIRI Hamid – UMT (3 puan)

2. LUCHSHENKO Sergey – KAZ (2 puan)

3. HASANIN Omar – SYR (1 puan)

 

3rd Intermediate Sprint:

1. SHIRI Hamid – UMT (3 puan)

2. HACECKY Vojtech – ADP (2 puan)

3. ASADOV Elchin (1 puan)

 

The riders who will wear the jerseys tomorrow will be as below:

Leader’s Jersey: Alois Kankovsky – ASC Dukla Praha

Points Jersey: Marcel Kalz – Rudy Project

KOM Jersey: Vahid Ghaffari – AZT Tabriz

Best Asian Rider Jersey: Hamid Shiri – Urmia Municipality

 

 

 

 

 

Stage Classification – Top 10:

1. KANKOVSKY Alois – ASC Dukla Praha

2. KALZ Marcel – Rudy Project

3. SALEH Mohamed Harrif – Terengganu

4. SHIRI Hamid – Urmia Municipality

5. TANRIVERDI Ali Riza – Brisaspor Lassa

6. SOHRABI Mehdi – Tabriz Petrochemical Team

7. SALLEH Mohamed Zamri – Terengganu

8. DI BATTISTA Antonio – Amore e Vita

9. BELMOKHTAR Abdelkader – Algeria National

10. JASER Nazir – Syria National

 

General Classification after 4th Stage – Top 10:

1. KANKOVSKY Alois – ASC Dukla Praha

2. KALZ Marcel – Rudy Project

3. UNALAN Recep – Brisaspor Lassa

4. ASADOV Elchin – Azerbaijan National

5. SHIRI Hamid – Urmia Municipality

6. LUCHSHENKO Sergey – Kazakhstan National

7. KHALILI KHOSROSHAHI Benham – Iran National

8. HALMURATOV Muradjan – Uzbekistan National

9. TANRIVERDI Ali Riza – Brisaspor Lassa

10. OLAMAEI Mehdi – Urmia Municipality

 

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