News | Tour of Turkey • October 14, 2018
Diego Ulissi closes out the Tour of Turkey fourth in the GC
Diego Ulissi took eighth place in the sixth and last stage, which covered 164-km from Bursa to Istanbul. However, he unfortunately slips to fourth place in the general classification for the race which he won in 2017.
“As luck would have it, this edition of the Tour of Turkey was defined by the fast tyres, and even though I am not a sprinter, in any case I tried to give it everything I had in order to repeat last year’s success,” saysDiego Ulissi. “Sadly, in the only fraction with a climbing arrival, the head wind didn’t allow for the selection needed to capture valuable seconds in the rankings. The rest of the stages were determined by placements and bonus points, and faster riders than me had the advantage. It’s too bad. Anyway, I am satisfied with the race we rode as UAE Team Emirates.”
Sam Bennet (Bora Hansgrohe) won the final stage with the moves of a true finisseur, beating Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias) who, thanks to bonus points, jumped to the head of the final general classification in front of the previous leader, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana). Nathan Hass (Team Katusha) closed out the final podium.
Arrival order for the final stage:
1 Sam Bennet (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3h36’28’’
2 Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias) +5’’
3 Jampy Drucker (BMC) +5’’
8 Diego Ulissi (Uae Team Emirates) +5’’
Final General Classification
1 Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias) 22h26’16’’
2 Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) s.t.
3 Nathan Haas (Kartusha) +4’’
4 Diego Ulissi (Uae team Emirates) +4’’