The peloton flew into Istanbul on Saturday evening for a final stage circuit race around Turkey’s capital city on Sunday. The day included a 30 kilometre procession onto the circuit where the peloton would ride eight times around the 11 kilometre loop. The stage is traditionally one for the sprinters.
When the peloton hit the circuit, a seven rider breakaway formed off the front of the bunch. Several different teams patrolled the head of affairs, keeping the escape group in check. The leaders were unable to stretch their advantage beyond the minute mark.
Cannondale and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step upped the tempo in the final hour of the race, spelling an end for the break’s time out front. Just inside the start of the last lap, the bunch was back together. Initially, the Australian outfit was happy to allow the sprint teams to duke it out for control on the front. When Taaramäe rode his way to first wheel, Jens Mouris led the response for ORICA-GreenEDGE.
Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) won stage eight. Adam Yates finished on bunch time to win the 50th edition of the Tour of Turkey.
“The team rode well all day. Toward the end, they went to the front before the one dangerous corner on the circuit to make sure we weren’t caught up in any crashes. We could breathe a sigh of relief when we hit the three kilometre mark. Even though things can happen after that, if they did, I would have gotten the same time as the leaders. It was stressful until we hit three kilometres. Then, we could relax.” - Adam Yates
“We were never really under threat, but you never know. We had to protect our position, especially when it’s only 1”. Jens and the other guys did a fantastic job in the final to keep Adam at the front and out of trouble. The day went off pretty much without a hitch. We were quite glad the rain clear. It was a lot better for everyone. The whole day was perfect for us.” - Assistant Sport Director Julian Dean
|1||Mark Cavendish (GBr) - Omega Pharma-QuickStep||2:35:00|
|2||Elia Viviani (Ita) - Cannondale||ST|
|3||Andrea Guardini (Ita) - Astana Pro Team||ST|
|4||Kris Boeckmans (Bel) - Lotto-Belisol Team||ST|
|5||Greg Henderson (NZl) - Lotto-Belisol Team||ST|
|6||Theo Bos (Ned) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|7||Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) - Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team||ST|
|8||Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) - Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise||ST|
|9||Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) - MTN - Qhubeka||ST|
|10||Ken Hanson (USA) - Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team||ST|
|16||Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|19||Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|126||Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:16|
|127||Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:16|
|129||Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:43|