News | Tour of Turkey • October 14, 2017
Consonni on the podium, Ulissi still leader
Third place for the Italian sprinter in the penultimate stage
Simone Consonni on the podium again in the Tour of Turkey.
The sprinter for UAE Team Emirates repeated the result he obtained in the 3rd stage, scoring 3rd place in the 5th stage as well, 166 km from Selcuk to Izmir.
In the group sprint that wrapped up the stage, Consonni was bested by Bennet and Orken.
Ulissi is still looking good in the general classification. The UAE Team Emirate’s captain started today’s stage wearing the leader’s jersey and he reached the finish line in the main group; in tomorrow’s stage, 143.7 km starting and arriving in Istanbul, he will have to defend the 12” advantage he holds over Hansen.
“Scoring a podium placement is always an important achievement, but I would still like to do better,” explained Consonni. “Bennet is going very strong and in these days he’s been doing everything right. Our team is working hard, not only supporting Ulissi, but also trying to help me for the sprints, so we are all doing a great job.”
Here is what Ulissi had to say: “The day went the way we wanted it to, with no problems. We drove the race and in the final we worked up towards the sprint for Consonni. It’s been a good day under every aspect.”
Race results stage 5
1 Sam Bennet (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4h06’51”
2 Ahmet Orken (Turkey) s.t.
3 Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
General classification after stage 5
1 Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) 23h07’41”
2 Jesper Hansen (Astana) 12″
3 Fausto Masnada (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) 24″