News | Tour of Turkey • October 15, 2017
The Tour of Turkey belongs to Diego Ulissi
UAE Team Emirates' Italian rider won the general classification
In Istanbul, Diego Ulissi signed his name to the golden legends of the Tour of Turkey.
The captain of UAE Team Emirates had no problem defending the general classification leader jersey in the last stage of the Turkish race (Istanbul-Istanbul, 143.7 km), clinching the first World Tour of his career (his 29th success as pro)
Ulissi has a 12″ second advantage on Hansen (2nd); and 24″ on Masnada (3rd).
Theuns got the best of Pelucchi in the conclusive stage, at the end of a sprint that was influenced by a fall on the last curve. Ulissi came in 6th place.
“Today my team mates again did a great job, helping me to stay in the positions at the head of the pack as we approached the last uphill of the route,” emphasised Diego Ulissi “It was the crucial moment of the stage, we did a good job avoiding all risks. I preferred to use some energy to stay out front rather than run any risk.
I came to Turkey with the intention to win the general classification. It was a challenging goal, but my team mates and I have been impeccable all week, a magnificent week.
I thank the entire team and our sponsors, I’ve closed out the season in the best way possible ”
Results stage 6
1 Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) 3h24’32”
2 Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-Hansgrohe) 2″
3 Francesco Gavazzi (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) s.t.
6 Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
Final general classification
1 Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) 26h32’15”
2 Jesper Hansen (Astana) 12″
3 Fausto Masnada (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) 24″