It was mountain stage with 3 climbs and the uphill finish, which was decisive for the stage victory as well as for the general classification of the race.
The main battle was played at the final kilometers with a lot of attacks, including attack of our Jesper Hansen at the last km to the top.
In the final Danish rider of Astana Pro Team finished second, five seconds behind the stage winner and new leader of the race Diego Ulissi from Italy.
- I have tried to attack, but Ulissi was really strong today. Team made a very good job, guys did their best to help us. I was almost at the front and started the climb at the perfect position. For today I’m happy with my second place and let’s see how the race will develop, - said Jesper Hansen just after the finish.
After today’s stage Jesper Hansen moved to the second position of the general classification, at 12 seconds from the first place.
Kazakh rider of Astana Pro Team Andrey Zeits also was among the leaders at the top of the final climb and finished on the 10th place. Zeits also improves his position in the GC and now closes Top10 Best riders of 53rd Presidential Tour of Turkey, 50 seconds behind the new race leader.
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