Caleb Ewan claims stage 4 in Tour of Turkey

Caleb Ewan wins stage 4 Tour of Turkey 2019

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) claimed stage four of the  Tour of Turkey on Friday in a tight sprint finish to claim his first victory in the race.

Juan Jose Lobato of Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè came in second and Bora Hansgrohe’s Sam Bennett finished third after nearly five and a half hours of racing.

“My team’s done a really great job all week and we’ve committed every day to go for the win and I haven’t rewarded them with the win, but I’m happy today to get that one. It was a super tough finish. I can’t remember the last time that I went that deep to win a race,” said Ewan.

“To be honest, I was on the wheel [of Bennett] and I was already 100 per cent. I was waiting for him to go and he popped a little bit, and I knew that I had to go straight away to catch the guy in front and get the win. Luckily I had enough to do that last sprint.”

Stage five on Saturday from the Aegean Bursa province to its Kartepe town will see the tour’s first mountainous stage with a 1,300-meter HC climb.

Bennett leads general classification with 16h25’42”, followed by his fellow Bora-hansgrohe rider Felix Großschartner and Jhonatan Restrepo of Manzana Postobón team.

Tour of Turkey 2019 – stage 4 results (Balıkesir – Bursa):

1Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

5:21:38

2Juan Jose Lobato (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane)

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3Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

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4Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)

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5Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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6Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates)

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7Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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8Enrique Sanz Unzue (Euskadi-Murias)

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9Giovanni Lonardi (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane)

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10Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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Tour of Turkey 2019 – general classification after stage 4:

1Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

16:25:42

2Felix Großschartner (Bora-hansgrohe)

+24”

3Jhonatan Restrepo (Manzana Postobon)

+26”

4Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

+30”

5Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)

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6Mauro Finetto (Delko Marseille Provence)

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7Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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8Edgar Pinto (W52-FC Porto)

+33”

9Sebastian Schönberger (Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM)

+34”

10Cyril Barthe (Euskadi-Murias)

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