- I think, we can be happy with our result. The main goal here was to fight for a high place in the general classification and, finally, Jesper Hansen took second. The podium in a WorldTour race is always a good performance. Unfortunately, we lost Sergei Chernetckii. I am sure, if he would stay in the race, we could win the team’s classification. Our young sprinter Riccardo Minali did a very strong race, he was always in front, showing well himself. We just missed a little to win a stage, but in general, Astana has spent a very good week here at the Tour of Turkey, - explained sports director Dmitri Sedoun.
Another rider of Astana ProTeam, the Kazakh Andrey Zeits finished 9th in the overall (+0.50).
Today, in Istanbul was held the last, 6th stage of the Tour of Turkey. A big crash at the last corner had a serious impact over the final sprint, won by Edward Theuns, who outsprinted Matteo Pelucchi and Francesco Gavazzi. Astana’s Riccardo Minali was 7th.
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