“Finally I get my first victory of the year”, said the Ukrainian with a hint of relief.
“At the Tour of Hainan, sportingly speaking, the Belkin team pissed me off. I’ve often come first behind them and Boris Shpilevski is also a fast sprinter but any sprinter needs a team for winning. Even though we’re at the end of the season, I feel a lot of emotion with this victory.”
“The race was incredible”, Metlushenko continued. “There were attacks and counter attacks . With ten kilometers to go, I’ve told my teammates that we had to control the race from then on. Being the captain, I’ve asked my teammate Ahmet Örken to do his own sprint with the aim of getting him in the lead of the best young rider classification because I’m also here to make improve.”
Top 10 Finishers
1 Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor 1:37:10 2 Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts 3 Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 4 Ahmet Orken (Tur) Torku Sekerspor 5 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 6 Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 7 Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 8 Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin 9 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda 10 Zhi Hui Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports
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