It was the shortest stage of this edition of the race with the main actions on the final climb.
- The final climb was decisive for many sprinters. Unfortunately, our sprinter Riccardo Minali was also dropped less than 1 km before the end of the climb. Team was trying to get him back into the group, but the descent was too fast and at very high speed. So the guys did not have enough time to bring him back for the final sprint. Team leader Andrey Zeits always stayed ahead and safely finished in the main bunch. So, unfortunately, we did not participate in sprint today, but we did not lose anything in terms of the main fight, - explained sports director Dmitri Sedoun.
Irish sprinter Sam Bennet once again won the stage victory.
Tomorrow riders will go to the mountains for the first mountain stage of Presidential Tour of Turkey. 205.3 km long-stage should make decisive changes to the general classification of the race.
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