Mark Cavendish won the 8th and final stage in this year’s Tour of Turkey, after beating Elia Viviani and Andrea Guardini in another high-speed sprint finish in Istanbul today.
Today’s victory marked the "Manxman’s" fourth win in this year’s Tour.
Meanwhile, Adam Yates secured the overall title, after finishing safely in the peloton at the end of today’s 121 kilometer stage.
Yates succeeded in holding off his closest rival, Rein Taaramae, by five seconds, after the Estonian rider found himself in the wrong group when the peloton split toward the end of today’s race – finishing five seconds behind in the final results. Prior to today’s stage, the two riders were separated by a mere second.
In the meantime, Romain Hardy rounded out the podium by finishing third in the overall general classification – at 39 seconds behind.
GBR 1 CAVENDISH, Mark (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) 2:35:00 ITA 2 VIVIANI, Elia (CANNONDALE) ITA 3 GUARDINI, Andrea (ASTANA) BEL 4 BOECKMANS, Kris (LOTTO BELISOL) NZL 5 HENDERSON, Greg (LOTTO BELISOL) NED 6 BOS, Theo (BELKIN) SLO 7 ILESIC, Aldo Ino (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) BEL 8 VAN STAEYEN, Michael (TOPSPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE) ITA 9 SBARAGLI, Kristian (MTN – QHUBEKA) USA 10 HANSON, Ken (UNITEDHEALTHCARE)
Final General Classification GBR 1 YATES, Adam (ORICA GreenEDGE) 30:26:22 EST 2 TAARAMAE, Rein (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 5 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) + 51 AUS 9 HANSEN, Adam (LOTTO BELISOL) + 58 BRA 10 ANDRIATO, Rafael (NERI SOTTOLI) + 1:04
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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