Elia Viviani won stage 5 of this year’s Tour of Turkey, after beating the unstoppable Mark Cavendish in a bunch sprint finish in Turgutreis today.
The Italian rider successfully made his way up through the ranks of the peloton to grab Cavendish’s wheel. And, from there, managed to nix the "Manxman" on the line by a mere bike’s length or so.
Viviani’s triumph today put and end to Cavendish’s winning streak in the "sprints", as the British rider had so far racked up three stage wins in this year’s Tour.
Meanwhile, Rein Taaramäe held onto the overall race lead, with a six second advantage over Adam Yates.
Earlier Race Highlights
A nine man breakaway group got underway early in today’s stage. And, for the most part, the escapees worked in unison together to build up a modest lead over the peloton. However, unrest came to bear upon the breakaway group, when Nicola Boem decided to go on the attack. As result, the Italian rider succeeded in jettisoning most of his breakaway companions, but only for a brief period.
As the peloton drew closer, attacks from within the chase group started to occur, with Adam Hansen being the first rider to go on the hunt.
However, as the race entered into the final 5 kilometers, everything came back together, with teams ushering their respective sprinters to the front for what came down to a sprint finale.
Stage 5 Results ITA 1 VIVIANI, Elia (CANNONDALE) 4:34:11 GBR 2 CAVENDISH, Mark (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) ITA 3 SBARAGLI, Kristian (MTN – QHUBEKA) ITA 4 FEDI, Andrea (NERI SOTTOLI) BEL 5 BACKAERT, Frederik (WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT) BRA 6 ANDRIATO, Rafael (NERI SOTTOLI) NED 7 MARKUS, Barry (BELKIN) ITA 8 BONIFAZIO, Niccolo (LAMPRE – MERIDA) BEL 9 VAN STAEYEN, Michael (TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE) AUS 10 PHELAN, Adam (DRAPAC)
General Classification after Stage 5 EST 1 TAARAMAE, Rein (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) 20:35:05 GBR 2 YATES, Adam (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 6 FRA 3 HARDY, Romain (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 38 ESP 4 SANCHEZ GIL, Luis Leon (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA) ERI 5 KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, Merhawi (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 43 AUS 6 HANSEN, Adam (LOTTO BELISOL) + 44 ESP 7 COBO ACEBO, Juan Jose (TORKU SEKERSPOR) ITA 8 FORMOLO, Davide (CANNONDALE) BRA 9 ANDRIATO, Rafael (NERI SOTTOLI) KAZ 10 DYACHENKO, Alexsandr (ASTANA)
About the TUR
The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (TUR) started in 1963 with the name of "Marmara Tour", gained international status in 1965 for the first time and was taken under the auspices of Presidential authority in 1966. On its 50th anniversary the competition will be held on April 27-May 4, 2014 in 8 stages starting from Alanya, proceeding along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Istanbul will be home to the spectacular finish.
The world’s sole "transcontinental cycling tour" will witness the high-level competition of world-renowned athletes and teams. The slogan this year is "50 Years of Cycling Passion". The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey which has been reaching a wide access network throughout the world via live and recorded broadcasts by means of prestigious national and international channels in more than 150 countries since 2008, stands out as a global organization that serves as a model of Turkey’s sports organization experience. With its deep-rooted history, its contributions to the development of the sport of cycling and the promotion of tourism in Turkey through TV broadcasts, the organization continues to be a success story for our country.
Leader jerseys find their owners according to the scores gained at the premium gates through each stages. The athlete at the first rank in leader jerseys classification at the end of every stage begins the next stage with the leader jersey and aims to keep the jersey till the end of the TUR.
Turkish blue Turquoise which is derived from the pronunciation of the word Turk in French and which is the colour of the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts is also the colour of the Leader jersey as the institutional colour of the TUR.
White Jersey with the premium gates through which historical and natural richness of Turkey is carried to the screens as Beauties of Turkey are being highlighted are carried to the podium on the leader of the premium gates at the end of every stage.
Red Jersey with the best climber premium gates with which the King of the Mountains is determined by the climbing performance of the riders.
Green Jersey with the sprint gates which witness the struggle among the strongest sprinters.
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