Grega Bole in the breakaway at King Stage at Tour of Turkey
Marmaris, 12th October – There was an early fight for the breakaway. On the early first-category climb we have seen Grega Bole (TBM), Diego Rubio (Burgos-BH), Jon Irisarri (Caja-Rural) and the Manzana Postobon duo of Yecid Sierra and Aldemar Reyes. They established a lead of around three minutes but when it started to drop, three riders – Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors), Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), and Nikolay Mihaylov (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) – attacked and bridged across to make it a lead group of eight.
Most were caught on the third-category climb that directly preceded the steeper haul to Selcuk, Bole attacked for KOM points. The peloton began the final climb as one.
TBM riders started the last climb with Mark Padun and Ramunas Navardauskas who fought at the head of the peloton. Some 500m to go Mark lost the energy. “I felt good on the climb and I thought I will be able to finish it in front but suddenly some 500 m to go they passed me and I have lost the energy. Last few days my legs and my health are not good so I am happy to do what I have done,” said Mark Padun after the race.
Grega Bole was the whole day in front and he dictated the pace. After the race he commented: “It was a hard day. I went to a breakaway and we had a strong head wind. Peloton was fast and it didn’t allow us to make more than 3 min advantage. Before the last climb they caught us. I have to admit I am tired and I feel a slight pain in my knee.”
Ivan Cortina didn’t feel good in the last climb and unfortunately he didn’t finish the race. Grega Bole climbed on 2nd position at Mountain Classification. Only 1 point keeps him away from Reyes Aldemar (manzana Postobon). Tomorrow’ stage to Manisa will offer another chance to fight.
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