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Tour of Turkey. Stage 1. Minali is 6th at the stage, Hansen and Chernetckii crash, but finish

Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey has started today in sunny Alanya. Peloton rode 176,6 km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea from Alanya to Kemer. 

- Today, as expected, was a sprint stage, so all the teams that had sprinters, tried not to miss their chance. We also tried to finish with our Riccardo Minali. He had a good position before the finish, but at the last 300 m during the final sprint he was a little bit blocked. Unfortunately, our Jesper Hansen and Sergei Chernetckii crashed on the final 1.5 km to go. But all the team did a very good job today to help Riccardo and bring him to the right position before the finish, - said sports director Dmitriy Sedoun.

Irish sprinter of Astana team Riccardo Minali finished at the 6th position at the finish in Kemer, while the victory goes to another Italian rider Sam Bennett.

Jesper Hansen and Sergei Chernetckii were involved in the crash around 1,5 km before the finish. Fortunately, according to the conclusion of the team’s medical staff, riders didn’t get any serious injuries and will be able to continue the race.

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