AndAustralian Caleb Ewan won, on Sunday, the first stage of the 57th presidential round of Turkey, which is contested on the 202 km road between Bodrum and Kusadasi, the longest of eight days of competition, and wore the first leader’s shirt.
After the peloton smashed the day’s breakout and crushed a final solo attack by American Sean Bennett, Lotto runner Soudal put his strength to good use, winning five stages of the Tour de France.
Ewan beat Belgian Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin Phoenix) and Dutchman Danny van Poppel (Bora Hansgrohe) on the line and overall, due to bonuses, Ewan has a four- and six-second advantage, respectively, over the contested seconds. His victory stage.
Two Spanish players took the top ten: Miguel Nijel Fernandez (Global 6), seventh and Manuel Belfer (Burgos Bahrain) in tenth.
Missed the start of the previous edition’s winner, Spaniard Jose Manuel Diaz, whose team, Russia’s Gazprom, cannot compete as a result of international sanctions against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The first stage profile introduced three mountain passes, the last of which was 28 km from the finish line.
Today’s breakaway was made up of six riders, including Spaniard Julen Irizar (Euskaltel). His adventure died 34 km from the finish line.
Sean Bennett wanted to make history on his team’s debut, China Glory, in a professional cycling and was ahead until the last five kilometres, when he was caught by the work of Alpecin Fenix and Arkea Samsic at the front of the pack. The American has not won in nearly four years. His last victory was in the sixth stage of the 2018 Giro.
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