In His Own Words: Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage on Tour of Turkey Stage Four

Thu 25 Apr 2013

Michael Hepburn featured in the break. Fumy Beppu crashed on a descent. Leigh Howard punctured at a decisive moment and lost his chance to contest the sprint. Cameron Meyer finished in the bunch to maintain seventh place on the general classification. It was an eventful day for ORICA-GreenEDGE on stage four of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. In his own words, Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage tells you about all the action.

We thought a breakaway had a big chance to stay away today, so we knew we wanted to have someone in the move. Heppy [Michael Hepburn] got away with a large group. It was good work by him, but the problem was Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) was also in the group. He wasn’t too far away on the overall, so teams in the peloton with riders well-placed on the overall worked together and brought the break back.

Fumy crashed just over a summit at the start of a downhill. A few riders crashed in front of him, and he went over them. It was a bad crash that saw several riders leave the race and go straight to hospital. Fumy fought back. He tried but eventually he had to give up. He doesn’t have any broken bones, which is a very good thing, but he has a lot of road rash. He’ll fly home tomorrow to recover and be back to racing soon.

The race finished with an uncategorised climb and a fast descent before a flat road to the finish. We knew he had a big chance of getting over the climb and having a good result in the bunch sprint, so once Heppy was caught, we looked for Leigh to get us a result. He had some bad luck to puncture before the final climb. We were fast with the wheel change, but he only reached the back of the bunch as the peloton started to climb. It wasn’t possible for him to make it back up after that.

Cam was able to finish in the bunch of 38 riders who made it to the finish together, so he stays in seventh overall. Of course, we’re happy about this. We want to defend his position because there is another uphill finish on stage six. We think he will do well enough here to maybe move up a spot or two.

So, bad luck with Fumy and Leigh. Good work with Heppy and Cam. Four stages behind us. Four stages ahead. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.