Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
Stage 1: Alanya - Stage Details

Neo-pro sprinter Caleb Ewan has enjoyed a great start to the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, taking second spot in today’s first stage, finishing narrowly behind Mark Cavendish (Etixx Quick Step) in the bunch sprint.

Stage one was a short, flat stage suited to the sprinters, starting and finishing in the tourist town of Alanya. After a breakaway group was pulled back with 18km to go, the 20-year-old, supported by his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates, was perfectly placed to battle it out in the final sprint.

As the bunch headed towards the finish line, Andre Griepel (Lotto Soudal) started a long sprint from far back, but couldn’t find a way through as he was boxed in by Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida). After following Greipel’s wheel, Ewan found a gap on the right hand side, but despite a strong sprint, he just failed to pass Cavendish, who took victory on the line. Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF Pro Team) took third.

Ewan’s second place finish continues his strong start to the season, after his recent win at Vuelta a La Rioja earlier this month. Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage was pleased with the outcome of today’s race, but will continue to try and take stage wins this week.

“You have to be happy with a second place behind Cavendish. It is a good result for the team and a good result for Caleb,” said Lapage. “It will set us up well for the rest of the stages, and give the whole team confidence.

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Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Mark Cavendish (GBR) - Etixx - Quick-Step 3:17:58
2 Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
3 Nicola Ruffoni (ITA) - Bardiani CSF ST
4 Sacha Modolo (ITA) - Lampre-Merida ST
5 Theo Bos (NED) - MTN - Qhubeka ST
6 Michal Kolár (SVK) - Tinkoff-Saxo ST
7 Daniele Ratto (ITA) - UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling ST
8 André Greipel (GER) - Lotto Soudal ST
9 Brenton Jones (AUS) - Drapac Professional Cycling ST
10 Jakub Mareczko (ITA) - Southeast Pro Cycling ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
34 Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
103 Adam Blythe (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
132 Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
140 Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
148 Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
161 Jens Mouris (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:03