Aidis Kruopis wins Tour of Turkey 2nd Stage Victory and Accident Shocks the Top Guns

22/04/2013  //     //  Yol Bisikleti

 

  

 

 

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.

 

 

And the Turkish Beauties Prime ranking at the 81st km was as below:

1 – Ahmet Örken (Torku Şeker Spor)

2 – Duber Quintero (Colombia)

3 – Clement Koretzky (Bretagne – Séché Environnement)

 

When it came to the second half of the stage, the main group started to decrease the gap gradually. At km 60, the gap dropped down to 3 minutes and it kept dropping down until 2’20” at 55 kms to go, Especially when the riders were passing by Antalya International Airport, Argos-Shimano raised the tempo. 43 kms to go to the finish line, the gap dropped down to 1’53” and it unexpectedly remained the same after this moment. For a little while, the escape group increased the gap to 2 minutes.

 

 

However, when the riders came to the last 25 kms, there was not much left to do for the escape group. The gap dropped down and down to less than 1 minute. Koretzky from the escape group saw the approaching pack and went on his unsuccessful attack and went back in the escape group. This time, Anthony Delaplace and Koen Barbe started their attacks and caught the escapees, and this made the Japanese rider Sano start a new attack. When they reached the 138th km, Sano, Delaplace and Barbe formed a new group and tried to escape from the peloton with a gap of 13 seconds. However this attempt was also not successful since the wind didn’t let them and consequently all the riders came together 10 kms to go to finish.

 

At the last 10 kms, the race became more and more exciting since the peloton speeded up. Especially when they entered the town center in Antalya, the wheels started to turn even faster. At those moments,  3 riders from Torku Şeker Spor struggled to stay at the head of the peloton, and stayed there for a long time with the lead of Mustafa Sayar, who was wearing the Red Jersey on his birthday today.

 

 

 

 

At the last 5 kms, the excitement was at its peak. Omega Pharma and especially Blanco who wanted to carry Theo Bos to the finish line in the first place, raised the tempo rather up. In the last km, all the teams were trying to seize a place and we stopped breathing. Just at that moment, when Team Blanco was leading the bunch with 3 riders, this great accident happened; Mark Renshaw lost his balance and this caused almost half of the peloton fall down, including Theo Bos as well. With the affect of the accident, Renshaw’s bicycle flew to the central refuge. That was, unfortunately, a true moment of chaos.

 

 

The cyclists who managed not to fall, kept struggling for the first place at the finish line. Aidis Krupois, who was at a very advantageous position at the moment of the accident, was the one to pass the finish line at the first place.

 

After the finish, when we looked at the scene of accident, we saw that many riders couldn’t even stand up and some of them had to put on neck protectors. Yuri Metlushenko, who took the 3rd place of the 1st stage was also among the ones who fell. Cyclingtr’s Media Team who’s there to report from the Tour, gave us the information that he’s well although he fell seriously. We’ll keep you updated with the latest news of the accident.

 

 

 

 

49. Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 2nd Stage Results: ( Alanya – Antalya )

 

Sprint Primes ( 51. km – Manavgat )

1. Clement Koretzky (Bretagne – Séché Environnement) 5 pts
2. Junya Sano (Vini Fantini) 3 pts
3. Piotr Gawronski (CCC Polsat) 1 pt

 

Beauty Prime 81. km – Aspendos )

1 Ahmet Örken (Torku Şeker Spor) 5 pts
2. Duber Quintero (Colombia) 3 pts
3. Clement Koretzky (Bretagne – Séché Environnement) 1 pt

 

 

Leader’s Jersey: Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)
Mountain JerseyMustafa Sayar (Torku Şeker Spor)

Sprint JerseyAndre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)

Turkish Beauties Jersey:  Ahmet Örken (Torku Şeker Spor)

 

 

Stage Classificiation – Top 50:

 

 

1 66 KRUOPIS Aidis OGE LTU B:10″ 00″

2 103 COLEDAN Marco BAR ITA B:06″ ‘ ‘

3 41 GREIPEL André LTB GER B:04″ ‘ ‘

4 244 GRETCHYN Serguei TRK UKR ‘ ‘

5 27 PORSEV Alexander KAT RUS ‘ ‘

6 65 HOWARD Leigh OGE AUS ‘ ‘

7 46 REYNES MIMO Vicente LTB ESP ‘ ‘

8 35 RICHEZE ARIEL MaximilianoLAM ARG ‘ ‘

9 137 NOWAK Mateusz CCC POL ‘ ‘

10 106 FORTIN Filippo BAR ITA ‘ ‘

11 171 CIOLEK Gerald MTN GER ‘ ‘

12 13 BROWN Graeme BLA AUS ‘ ‘

13 163 BREYNE Jonathan CRE BEL ‘ ‘

14 235 FINETTO Mauro VIN ITA ‘ ‘

15 93 JANS Roy AJW BEL ‘ ‘

16 54 MAES Nikolas OPQ BEL ‘ ‘

17 194 COQUARD Bryan EUC FRA ‘ ‘

18 193 CHAVANEL Sébastien EUC FRA ‘ ‘

19 47 ROBERT Frederique LTB BEL ‘ ‘

20 166 PLANCKAERT Baptiste CRE BEL ‘ ‘

21 144 JOEAAR Gert COF EST ‘ ‘

22 213 HENTTALA Joonas TNN FIN ‘ ‘

23 146 MOLARD Rudy COF FRA ‘ ‘

24 156 MARENETES TORRES Wilson Alexender COL COL ‘ ‘

25 136 MIHAYLOV Nikolay CCC BUL ‘ ‘

26 138 STEPNIAK Grzegorz CCC POL ‘ ‘

27 167 STALLAERT Joeri CRE BEL ‘ ‘

28 7 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan AST KAZ ‘ ‘

29 242 BAKIRCI Nazim TRK TUR ‘ ‘

30 28 TSATEVICH Alexei KAT RUS ‘ ‘

31 248 SAYAR Mustafa TRK TUR ‘ ‘

32 245 KAL Mirac TRK TUR ‘ ‘

33 147 POULHIES Stéphane COF FRA ‘ ‘

34 115 JARRIER Benoit BSE FRA ‘ ‘

35 182 DELAPLACE Anthony SOJ FRA ‘ ‘

36 135 KUREK Adrian CCC POL ‘ ‘

37 191 BERHANE Natnael EUC ERI ‘ ‘

38 247 ORKEN Ahmet TRK TUR ‘ ‘

39 38 WACKERMANN Luca LAM ITA ‘ ‘

40 123 CARDOSO Manuel Antonio Leal CJR POR ‘ ‘

41 62 BEPPU Fumiyuki OGE JPN ‘ ‘

42 23 HALLER Marco KAT AUT ‘ ‘

43 4 KAMYSHEV Arman AST KAZ ‘ ‘

44 158 VALENCIA GONZALES Juan Pablo COL COL ‘ ‘

45 153 AVILA VANEGAS Edwin Alcibiades COL COL ‘ ‘

46 222 DE MAAR Marc UHC AHO ‘ ‘

47 22 BELKOV Maxim KAT RUS ‘ ‘

48 134 KIENDYS Tomasz CCC POL ‘ ‘

49 73 BARGUIL Warren ARG FRA ‘ ‘

50 97 VERRAES Benjamin AJW BEL ‘ ‘

 

 

General Classification – Top 20:

 

1 41 GREIPEL André LTB GER 6h32’21” 00″

2 66 KRUOPIS Aidis OGE LTU ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

3 71 KITTEL Marcel ARG GER ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

4 103 COLEDAN Marco BAR ITA 6h32’25” 04″

5 246 METLUSHENKO Yuri TRK UKR 6h32’27” 06″

6 35 RICHEZE ARIEL MaximilianoLAM ARG 6h32’31” 10″

7 65 HOWARD Leigh OGE AUS ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

8 106 FORTIN Filippo BAR ITA ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

9 138 STEPNIAK Grzegorz CCC POL ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

10 166 PLANCKAERT Baptiste CRE BEL ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

11 28 TSATEVICH Alexei KAT RUS ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

12 244 GRETCHYN Serguei TRK UKR ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

13 167 STALLAERT Joeri CRE BEL ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

14 153 AVILA VANEGAS Edwin Alcibiades COL COL ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

15 171 CIOLEK Gerald MTN GER ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

16 245 KAL Mirac TRK TUR ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

17 38 WACKERMANN Luca LAM ITA ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

18 1 GUARDINI Andrea AST ITA ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

19 62 BEPPU Fumiyuki OGE JPN ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

20 156 MARENETES TORRES Wilson Alexender COL COL ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

 

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