Elia Viviani racked up another victory in this year’s Tour of Turkey, after beating Mark Cavendish in a hotly contested sprint finish in Izmir today – to claim stage 7.
Cavendish once again profited from his teammate, Alessandro Petacchi, who faithfully delivered the ‘Manxman" into perfect position to contest the sprint. However, an equally determined Viviani was right there in his strip stream, to power past the British rider in the closing 100 meters to seize the win. In addition, Andrea Guardini capitalized on his fellow Italian’s momentum, to pass Cavendish as well – to claim second place.
Despite a last minute crash that scattered the peloton in sight of the finish, Adam Yates managed to avoid the confusion and cross the line safely to retain his overall lead.
The British rider continues to lead Rein Taaramae by just one second, with Romain Hardy in third at 39 seconds back.
The Tour of Turkey ends tomorrow with a 121 kilometer stage in and around the capital in Istanbul.
Stage 7 Results ITA 1 VIVIANI, Elia (CANNONDALE) 3:04:25 ITA 2 GUARDINI, Andrea (ASTANA) GBR 3 CAVENDISH, Mark (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) BEL 4 BOECKMANS, Kris (LOTTO BELISOL) NED 5 BOS, Theo (BELKIN) ITA 6 SBARAGLI, Kristian (MTN – QHUBEKA) TUR 7 ORKEN, Ahmet (TORKU SEKERSPOR) BEL 8 VAN STAEYEN, Michael (TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE) USA 9 HANSON, Ken (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) NED 10 WIPPERT, Wouter (DRAPAC) ITA 11 PETACCHI, Alessandro (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) ESP 12 MAS BONET, Luis (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA) GER 13 FÖRSTER, Robert (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) NZL 14 HENDERSON, Greg (LOTTO BELISOL) BRA 15 ANDRIATO, Rafael (NERI SOTTOLI) POL 16 KIENDYS, Tomasz (CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE) BEL 17 VERHELST, Louis (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) ARG 18 RICHEZE, Maximiliano Ariel (LAMPRE – MERIDA) ITA 19 FORMOLO, Davide (CANNONDALE) TUR 20 KAL, Mirac (TORKU SEKERSPOR)
General Classification after Stage 7 GBR 1 YATES, Adam (ORICA GreenEDGE) 27:51:22 EST 2 TAARAMAE, Rein (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 1 FRA 3 HARDY, Romain (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 39 ITA 4 FORMOLO, Davide (CANNONDALE) + 40 ITA 5 REBELLIN, Davide (CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE) + 44 ESP 6 COBO ACEBO, Juan Jose (TORKU SEKERSPOR) + 45 CRO 7 DURASEK, Kristijan (LAMPRE – MERIDA) ESP 8 SANCHEZ GIL, Luis Leon (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA) + 47 AUS 9 HANSEN, Adam (LOTTO BELISOL) + 54 BRA 10 ANDRIATO, Rafael (NERI SOTTOLI) + 1:04 BEL 11 SEELDRAEYERS, Kevin (WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT) + 1:14 KAZ 12 DYACHENKO, Alexsandr (ASTANA) + 1:31 POL 13 MARCZYNSKI, Tomasz (CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE) ERI 14 KUDUS GHEBREMEDHIN, Merhawi (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 1:35 ESP 15 MEGIAS LEAL, Javier (NOVO NORDISK) + 2:06 ESP 16 BILBAO, Peio (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA) + 2:28 RUS 17 RYBAKOV, Alexander (KATUSHA) + 2:55 URU 18 FERRARI BARCELO, Fabricio (CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA) + 3:23 ESP 19 DE LA FUENTE RASILLA, David (TORKU SEKERSPOR) + 3:52 RSA 20 VAN NIEKERK, Dennis (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 4:48
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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