Natnael Berhane ‘s Victorious of Tour of Turkey Stage 3 while Mustafa Sayar Wins the 3rd Place

23/04/2013  //     //  Yol Bisikleti

 

  

 

Tour of Turkey 3rd Stage: Antalya – Elmalı (Göğübeli) (153.5 km)

 

 

There were breathtaking moments at the Queen Stage of the Tour of Turkey. 3 kms to go to the finish line, an escape group of 6 was formed led by Mustafa Sayar‘s attack. Then 2 of them dropped behind and 4 riders kept the gap with the main pack until the last kilometre. At the last km, the excitement was at its peak; while the gradient increased more at the last 500 metres, only Mustafa Sayar of Torku Şeker Spor, Kevin Seeldrayers of Astana and Natnael Berhane of Europcar could keep competing. 300 metres to go Berhane attacked. Though Mustafa tried to overtake him, Berhane who rested behind until the last moments became the first rider to pass the finish line, while Astana’s Belgian rider Seeldrayers became the runner-up and Mustafa had to settle for the third place on the podium.

 

 

When the stage was over, Natnael Berhane was the new owner of the Turquoise Jersey and became the new leader of the Tour. Andre Greipel kept the Green Jersey of the best sprinter. The Red Jersey of the best climber was worn by Mauro Finetto thanks to the points he gathered during the stage at the King of the Mountains primes while Ahmet Örken kept the Turkish Beauties Jersey.

 

 

The most challenging and exhausting stage of the Tour started today at a sunny and good weather. Since today is 23rd April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Turkey, the start signal was given by children in Konyaaltı-Antalya. The riders had to tackle 1 CAT-2 and 3 CAT-1 climbs at today’s stage. Because of the great accident which occured yesterday, three riders couldn’t make it to the 3rd stage: Theo Bos, who’s one of the most important sprinter of Blanco Pro Cycling Team had a muscle tear and an edema; again, Blanco’s #2 sprinter Mark Renshaw had to leave the Tour due to the comminuted fracture at his collar bone; and Jonas Vangenechten of Lotto-Belisol is the other unlucky name who has a broken collar bone and couldn’t start today’s stage as well.

 

 

When the peloton came to the 1st King of the Mountains prime at the 9th km of the stage, attacks began to come from one of yesterday’s most successful squads, Torku Şeker Spor; Nazım Bakırcı and Serguei Gretchyn passed the prime point at the 1st and 2nd positions and collected the first points of the day.

 

So the top-3 names winning the 1st King of the Mountains Primes were:

1.  Nazım Bakırcı (Torku Şeker Spor)
2. Serguei Gretchyn (Torku Şeker Spor)
3. Jaroslaw Marycz (CCC Polsat)

 

At km 22, now it was time to pass the Turkish Beauties Prime. Javier Moreno of Caja Rural was the first rider to set his attack and he won this sprint. But since these were his first points at the Tour, this success was not enough for Moreno to beat our National Cyclist Ahmet Örken at the KOM General Classification.

 

As a result, the top-3 names winning this stage’s Turkish Beauties Prime were:

1. Javier Moreno (Caja Rujal)
2. Stijn Steels (Crelan-Euphony)
3. Francesco Lasca (Caja Rujal)

 

After the Turkish Beauties Prime was left behind, the first breakaway came from 5 riders comprising Sergeui Gretchyn of Torku Şeker, Mauro Finotti of Vini Fantini-Selle Italia, Clement Koretzky of Bretagne, Adrian Kurek of CCC Polsat and Björn Thurau of Europcar. When they came to the Tahtalıbeli climb, Timmy Duggan of Team Saxo-Tinkoff, who’s the champion of US joined the escape to form a group of six. At km 35, the second King of the Mountains Primes was awaiting the escapees and Björn Thurau was the winner of this prime while the experienced rider of Torku Şeker Spor, Gretchyn became the 3rd.

 

Serguei Gretchyn`s attack

 

2nd KOM Primes the first 3 spots were taken by:

1.  Björn Thurau (Team Europcar)
2. Mauro Finetto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia)
3. Serguei Gretchyn (Torku Şeker Spor)

 

The gap between the escapees and the main group increased at these kilometres. At km 51, the gap between the escape group of six and the peloton which also includes the Leader’s Jersey reached 4’40”. At km 76, another Category-1 climb of the stage, Saksağanbeli appeared ahead of the cyclists. The organizators of the Tour, dedicated this Mountain Prime to Rıfat Çalışkan, who had made many contributions to the Turkish cycling history and deserved to participate in the olympiads in cycling category in 1972. At this point of the stage, one of the most contending names of the race, Maura Finetto, was the one to get the lead an became the first to pass this Mountain Primes, followed by Serguei Gretchyn of Torku Şeker Spor who became the second.

 

3rd KOM Primes top-3 riders:

1. Mauro Finetto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
2. Serguei Gretchyn (Konya Torku)
3. Björn Thurau (Team Europcar)

 

After this moment, while Gretchyn, Finetto and Thurau went on their escape, Timmy Duggan and Clement Koretzky dropped back and kept pedalling together. When 84 kms were left behind, the gap between the 3 escapees and the peloton was 3’30”, the second group consisting of Timmy Duggan and Koretzky was 2’20” ahead of the peloton and after a while they joined the peloton as well. When the first 100 kms of the stage were left behind, sprinters started to drop behind the peloton. At these moments, especially Colombia team took over the head of the peloton and set the pace. After the gap between the 3 escapees and the main pack remained stable for a long time, 35 kms to go to the finish, it began to drop down to less than 3 minutes, owing to the efforts of Europcar and Colombia teams.

 

Thurau, Finetto and Gretchyn

 

At km 122, Serguei Gretchyn of Torku Şeker Spor attacked to get the Sprint points and with a clear effort, he won the intermediate sprint.

 

Here’s the first 3 ranking of the intermediate sprint;

1. Serguei Gretchyn (Torku Şeker Spor)
2. Björn Thurau (Team Europcar)
3. Mauro Finetto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia)

 

After the intermediate sprint, with the efforts of Omega-Pharma Quickstep and Sojasun, the gap continued dropping down and it was less than 1 minute at the last 15 kms to go. With 11 kms to go, Finetto dropped behind the escape pack. Then, Gretcyhn had to do the same, so Thurau was left alone ahead. Now the gap was only 15 seconds. Nazım Bakırcı of Torku Şeker Spor dropped back of the peloton as well, at the last 9 kms. Meanwhile, the GC leader Andre Greipel was still in the main pack, so this was surprising with his performance on this challenging climb stage since he’s a sprinter. He went on until the last 7 kms and then dropped back. Because of the tough climb, only few riders could stay with the bunch.

 

With 7 kms to go, Serge Pauwels, who’s Omega Pharma-Quickstep‘s hope for the climbs, attacked and got the hold of the lead. Mustafa Sayar of Torku Şeker Spor, who’s been wearing the Red Jersey for 2 stages, pedalled to the head of the main pack in order to prevent Pauwels from powering away.

 

 

6 kms to go, the gap between Pauwels and the peloton was 15 seconds and Pauwels increased the gap between himself and the GC Leader André Greipel  to 1’42”. At the last 4 kms the gap between Pauwels and main pack dropped down to 5 seconds. Just then, Kevin Seeldrayers of Astana attacked while 2 times champion of Africa, Natnael Berhane of Europcar, joined him as well. Two riders first caught Pauwels, then increased the gap with the main group to 12 seconds.

 

 

There were only 3 kms to go to the finish, when an attack came from the main pack led by Mustafa Sayar and an escape group of six including Mustafa Sayar was formed in front of the main pack. At the last 2 kms, the riders faced the steepest climb of the stage. Here, the number of escapees led by Mustafa dropped down to 4. Only 300 metres to go, Mustafa Sayar, Seeldrayers and Berhane were watching for each other, when Berhane attacked and made it to the finish line at the first place. Seeldrayers became the one to follow him as the runner-up while Mustafa Sayar successfully tagged behind him as the third place winner of the Queen Stage. As a result of the time differences gained at the end of this stage, the first 3 names deserving the podium today, got the first 3 spots of the General Classification as well. So, Natnael became the General Classification Leader and the new Turquoise Jersey wearer

 

 

 

49. Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 3rd Stage Results:

 

1st King Primes ( 9.3 km – CAT 2 )

 

1.  Nazım Bakırcı (Torku Şeker Spor) 5 pts
2. Serguei Gretchyn (Torku Şeker Spor) 3 pts
3. Jaroslaw Marycz (CCC Polsat) 2 pts
4. Robinson Chalapud (Colombia) 1 pt

 

 

Beauty Prime ( 22.5 km – Antalya )

1. Javier Moreno (Caja Rujal)  5 pts
2. Stijn Steels (Crelan-Euphony)  3 pts
3. Francesco Lasca (Caja Rujal)  1 pt

 

2nd King Primes ( 35.5 km – Tahtalıbeli – CAT 1 )

1. Björn Thurau (Team Europcar) 10 pts
2. Mauro Finetto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) 7 pts
3. Serguei Gretchyn (Konya Torku) 5 pts
4. Jaroslaw Marycz (CCC Polsat) 3 pts
5. Clement Koretzky (Bretagne – Séché) 1 pt

 

3rd King Primes ( 76.5 km – Saksağanbeli – CAT 1 )

1.  Mauro Finetto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) 10 pts
2. Serguei Gretchyn (Torku Şeker Spor) 7 pts
3. Björn Thurau (Team Europcar) 5 pt
4. Jaroslaw Marycz (CCC Polsat) 3 pts
5. Timothy Duggan (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) 1 pt

 

Sprint Primes ( 122.5 km – Elmalı )

1. Serguei Gretchyn (Torku Şeker Spor) 5 pts
2. Björn Thurau (Team Europcar) 3 pts
3. Mauro Finetto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) 1 pt

 

4th King Primes ( 153.5 km – Göğübeli – CAT 2 )

 

1. Natnael Berhane (Team Europcar) 10 pts
2. Kevin Seeldrayers (Astana) 7 pts
3. Mustafa Sayar (Torku Şeker Spor) 5 pts
4. Maxime Mederel (Sojasun) 3 pts
5. Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) 1 pt

 

 

 

 


Leader’s Jersey: Natnael Berhane (Team Europcar)
Mountain JerseyMauro Finetto (Vini Fantini – Selle Italia) 

Sprint Jersey André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)

Turkish Beauties JerseyAhmet Örken (Torku Şeker Spor)  

 

 

Stage Classificiation Top-40:

1 191 BERHANE Natnael EUC ERI B:10″ 00″

2 6 SEELDRAYERS Kevin AST BEL B:06″ 06″

3 248 SAYAR Mustafa TRK TUR B:04″ ‘ ‘

4 185 MEDEREL Maxime SOJ FRA 16″

5 141 BAGOT Yoann COF FRA 24″

6 88 SUTHERLAND Rory TST AUS ‘ ‘

7 61 MEYER Cameron OGE AUS ‘ ‘

8 111 GUILLOU Florian BSE FRA 28″

9 152 ATAPUMA Darwin COL COL 30″

10 143 EDET Nicolas COF FRA 33″

11 121 ANDONOV PETROV Danail CJR BUL 37″

12 204 PIMANTA COSTA MENDES José Joao TNE POR 39″

13 107 PAGANI Angelo BAR ITA 43″

14 125 FERRARI Fabricio CJR URU 56″

15 55 PAUWELS Serge OPQ BEL 01’02”

16 5 KASHECHKIN Andrey AST KAZ 01’03”

17 181 FEILLU Brice SOJ FRA 01’10”

18 236 MAZZANTI Luca VIN ITA ‘ ‘

19 73 BARGUIL Warren ARG FRA 01’15”

20 222 DE MAAR Marc UHC AHO 01’26”

21 44 HANSEN Adam LTB AUS 01’36”

22 241 MIZOUROV Andrey TRK KAZ 01’39”

23 155 CHALAPUD Robinson EduardoCOL COL 02’19”

24 87 PIRES Bruno TST POR 02’24”

25 205 ROWSELL Erick TNE GBR ‘ ‘

26 22 BELKOV Maxim KAT RUS 02’31”

27 146 MOLARD Rudy COF FRA 02’50”

28 243 DE LA FUENTE RASILLA DavidTRK ESP ‘ ‘

29 95 VAN GOOLEN Jurgen AJW BEL 03’00”

30 117 LEQUATRE Geoffroy BSE FRA 03’09”

31 156 MARENETES TORRES Wilson Alexender COL COL 03’22”

32 74 DAMUSEAU Thomas ARG FRA 03’24”

33 242 BAKIRCI Nazim TRK TUR 03’39”

34 186 PAURIOL Rémi SOJ FRA ‘ ‘

35 113 DURET Sébastien BSE FRA P:10″ 03’50”

36 85 MCCARTHY Jay TST AUS 04’41”

37 223 FRATTINI Davide UHC ITA 04’48”

38 52 GOLAS Michal OPQ POL 04’53”

39 135 KUREK Adrian CCC POL ‘ ‘

40 176 VAN NIEKERK Dennis MTN RSA 05’34”

 

 

General Classification Top-20:

1 191 BERHANE Natnael EUC ERI 10h48’27” 00″

2 6 SEELDRAYERS Kevin AST BEL 10h48’37” 10″

3 248 SAYAR Mustafa TRK TUR 10h48’39” 12″

4 185 MEDEREL Maxime SOJ FRA 10h48’53” 26″

5 88 SUTHERLAND Rory TST AUS 10h49’01” 34″

6 141 BAGOT Yoann COF FRA ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

7 61 MEYER Cameron OGE AUS ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

8 111 GUILLOU Florian BSE FRA 10h49’05” 38″

9 152 ATAPUMA Darwin COL COL 10h49’07” 40″

10 143 EDET Nicolas COF FRA 10h49’10” 43″

11 121 ANDONOV PETROV DanailCJR BUL 10h49’14” 47″

12 204 PIMANTA COSTA MENDES José Joao TNE POR 10h49’16” 49″

13 107 PAGANI Angelo BAR ITA 10h49’20” 53″

14 125 FERRARI Fabricio CJR URU 10h49’33” 01’06”

15 55 PAUWELS Serge OPQ BEL 10h49’39” 01’12”

16 5 KASHECHKIN Andrey AST KAZ 10h49’40” 01’13”

17 236 MAZZANTI Luca VIN ITA 10h49’47” 01’20”

18 181 FEILLU Brice SOJ FRA ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

19 73 BARGUIL Warren ARG FRA 10h49’52” 01’25”

20 222 DE MAAR Marc UHC AHO 10h50’03” 01’36”

 


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