After finishing fourth overall in the Tour of Catalonia a few weeks ago, Nairobi Quintana returned to action this Sunday in the first stage of the turkey towerwhich has been challenged 202 kilometers between Bodrum Yes Kusadası.
the australian Caleb-Evan (Lotto Soudal) took the win after impressive definition in the sprint, beating the Belgian Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) and his compatriot Kaden Groves (Team Bike Exchange-Jayco).
For his part, Nairo, who begins as one of the firm candidates for the general title, suffered no setbacks during the dayit could therefore lead to the post 14 with the same time of the main peloton. However, it should be noted that the first three runners to cross the finish line received a bonus of ten, six and four secondsrespectively.
Other Colombian cyclists, like Jhojan Garcia (Rural Fund) and Dayer Qiuntana (Arkéa Samsic), lost five seconds compared to the main group. However, they serve a gregarious in their respective teams.
The breakaway of the day was made up of six riders: Halil Dogan (bike helper), Bourak Aba (Spor Toto cycling team), Abraham Stockman (Saris Rouvy Sauerland), Julen Irizar (Euskatel-Euskadi), Jonathan Clark (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling) and Vitaly Goals (Team SakaryaBB Pro). However, these were reached by the peloton with 34 kilometers to go.
The American Sean Bennet (China Glory) attempted a final attack 14 km from the end, but was hunted down at the end of the day.
The second stage will take place this Monday with a course of 156.4 km among the populations of Selcuk Yes Alacati. The main challenge of the day will be a third class port in the last quarter of the route: ‘Prime Climbing’ with 3.8 km at 5.2% average gradient.
In the preview of the competition, Nairo said that his route is suitable for the preparation he needs for the Tour de France:I will discover the Tour of Turkey, but also this country. On the other hand, I have already seen the race many times on television, especially the mountain stages. The climbs are beautiful, long and perfectly adapted to my profile”.
“Hopefully I’m in good shape and recovered well. Unfortunately after the Volta a Catalunya I fell ill. I had a fever for a few days, but now I’m fine. I hope to have a good level in this Tour of Turkey 2022, for be able to compete in the general classification“, he underlined in statements to the official media of the team.
Finally, the boyacense cyclist explained that the intention is that the team can also fight in the package: “The Arkéa-Samsic collective involved in this competition will also Nacer Bouhanni play your card during the sprinting phases. All will be at your service at that time. Our goal is to be successful for the team with Nacer, but in the mountain stages I hope to shine”.
1. Caleb Ewan (Australia/Lotto Soudal) – 4:38:15″
2. Jasper Philipsen (Belgium/Alpecin-Fenix) – mt
3. Kaden Groves (Australia / Team BikeExchange – Jayco) – mt
4. Danny van Poppel (Netherlands/BORA – hansgrohe) – mt
5. Rick Zabel (Germany/Israel – Premier Tech) – mt
14. Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Arkéa Samsic) – mt
45. Jhojan García (Colombia/Caja Rural – Insurance) – 0:05″
54. Dayer Quintana (Colombia/Arkéa Samsic) – 0:05″
1. Caleb Ewan (Australia/Lotto Soudal) – 4:38:05″
2. Jasper Philipsen (Belgium/Alpecin-Fenix) – 0:04″
3. Kaden Groves (Australia/Team BikeExchange – Jayco) – 0:06″
4. Danny van Poppel (Netherlands/BORA – hansgrohe) – 0:10″
5. Rick Zabel (Germany/Israel – Premier Tech) – 0:10″
14. Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Arkéa Samsic) – 0:10″
45. Jhojan García (Colombia/Caja Rural – Insurance) – 0:15″
54. Dayer Quintana (Colombia / Arkéa Samsic) – 0:15″