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Tour of Turkey. Stage 6. Jesper Hansen is second in final classification

The Dane Jesper Hansen reached the podium of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey: Astana rider took second place in the final general classification of the race, losing just 12 seconds to the overall winner, Italian Diego Ulissi. The race podium is completed by another Italian Fausto Masnada (+0.24).

- 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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