Sam Bennett claims first stage at Tour of Turkey

Sam Bennett tour of turkey 2017

The first stage of the 53rd edition of the Tour of Turkey started from Alanya and led the riders along a 176.7km long flat course to the finish in Kemer.

Along the route, the peloton passed through a ‘Beauties of Turkey’ sprint, which was positioned alongside important historical sites, as well as a fourth category climb, and two intermediate sprints.

Straight after the official start was given, a group of six riders was able to build up an advantage of several minutes. With 58km remaining, their advantage was whittled down to one minute, with Bora – hansgrohe’s riders controlling the tempo back in the main field.

35km before the finish, Trek-Segafredo increased the tempo, and the breakaway group was reeled back in. With the race being back together, the peloton headed towards the only classified climb of the day, which saw several attacks and attempts to break free of the bunch.

The reduced peloton set a high tempo into the finishing straight. A few metres before the finish, Sam Bennerr passed through the right hand side to take an emphatic victory.

Tour of Turkey 2017 – stage 1 results (Alanya – Kemer):

1 Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)


2 Marco Benfatto (Androni-Sidermec)


3 Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)


4 Federico Zurlo (UAE Team Emirates)


5 Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-hansgrohe)


6 Riccardo Minali (Astana)


7 Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)


8 Jonas Koch (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


9 Manuel Belletti (Wilier Triestina)


10 Jordi Simon (Funvic/Brasil)



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