News | Tour of Turkey • October 10, 2018
Consonni podiums in Antalya
Third place in the sprint for Italian sprinter of UAE Team Emirates
Simone Consonni rode the right path, worked his way through and showed strong legs: the ingredients needed for a sprint. He shot to third place today in the second stage of the Tour of Turkey, from Alanya to Antalya at 154.1km.
The race arrived in a compact group for the finish in Antalya after the group pulled in the final escape group of four men at 10 km from remaining.
Consonni found good position to launch his sprint, arriving behind the winner Sam Bennett and Alvaro Hodeg.
Bennett took over the overall lead, Consonni sits fourth at 12″.
“I’m quite satisfied with my sprint, I finished on the podium thanks to the good work of my team-mates, they guided me perfectly. Ulissi took me to the last 20km, I then managed to find a perfect position and had sufficiently fresh legs for the sprint,” Consonni said “The sprint was also complicated today, on such wide roads it is not easy to find a super position and defend it, it takes smarts and a bit of luck. After the two third places obtained in the last edition, it’s the third podium that I have in Turkey. I like the race, it offers interesting opportunities to the sprinters. I hope to repay the confidence of the team with a win, even if the competition here is higher compared to the 2017 edition“.
Stage 2 results
1 Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3h24’37”
2 Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
3 Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
Overall classification after stage 2
1 Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) 6h53’35”
2 Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) 6″
3 Jempy Drucker (BMC) 12″
4 Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.