Visconti victorious in Marmaris

Taaramäe takes over race lead from Greipel

Italy's Giovanni Visconti (ISD-Neri) won stage three at the Presidential Tour of Turkey in Marmaris on Tuesday and Estonia's Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) took the overall race lead after a series of attacks on the last climb saw Germany's André Greipel (HTC-Columbia) lose contact and finish 22 seconds down.

Visconti got away with Simon Spilak (Lampre-Farnese Vini) and Cofidis riders David Moncoutié, Rein Taaramäe and Remi Pauriol on the last climb of the 166km stage, 10km from Marmaris.

The Cofidis trio tried to attack Visconti on the descent but he chased them down and still had the speed to win the sprint. Spilak took second and Taaramäe third.

Greipel and his young HTC-Columbia teammates had managed to control all the attacks in the final hour of racing and reeled in the early break by Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas), Nelson Oliveira (Xacobeo Galicia), Diego Caccia (ISD) und Adam Sznitko (CCC Polsat). However the well-drilled ISD-Neri team set a blistering pace on the final climb to set up Visconti. He jumped first and the five-man breakaway got the gap.

At the finish, Greipel initially thought he had done enough to keep the leader's blue jersey but thanks to the four-second time bonus for third place, Taaramäe, the current Estonian national champion, took it by just one second.

Visconti is now second at just one second overall. Greipel is third at six seconds. The USA's Tejay Van Garderen (HTC–Columbia) finished 13 seconds behind Visconti and slipped to fifth place, at 13 seconds.

"We had a plan and it worked," Taaramäe said. "We have good riders here with me and Moncoutié, he's one of the best climbers in the world. The tactics were to attack very strong on the last climb. We did that and even had one more Cofidis rider, Remi Pauriol, with us. He's strong too and won two races last year. That made the difference in the end."

Taaramäe and Cofidis will now have to defend their narrow lead on the two toughest stages in the year's Presidential Tour of Turkey. Wednesday's 209km fourth stage is another day in the hills from Marmaris to Pamukkale. Thursday 221km fifth stage is from Denizli to Fethiye and includes two climbs to over 1200 metres before a dive down to the finish at sea level.

"It's going to be very hard to defend the jersey. And I have just five teammates," Taaramäe admitted. "I don't know what will happen, well see."

Full Results
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri4:22:28 
2Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
3Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
4Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
5David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:07 
6Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:13 
7Gustavo Dominguez Lemos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
8Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
9Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
10Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
11Giairo Ermeti (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
12Christiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
13Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
14Dmytro Grabovsky (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
15Hubert Schwab (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
16Gian-Paolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
17Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
18Dominique Cornu (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
19Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
20Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
21Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
22Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
23Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:22 
24André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
25Francisco José Pacheco Torres (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
26Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
27Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD - Neri  
28Thomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
29Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
30Jose Alberto De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:25 
31Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
32Andrei Sartasov (Rus) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
33Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:31 
34Silvere Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
35Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:40 
36Alan Marangoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:11 
37Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:14 
38Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
39Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:22 
40Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:39 
41Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:58 
42Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
43Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
44Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:02:13 
45Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
46Oleg Berdos (Mol) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
47Gustavo Rodriguez Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
48Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
49Johnny Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto  
50Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
51Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
52Jorge Giacinti (Arg) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
53Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD - Neri  
54Alberto Fernandez Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
55Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) ISD - Neri  
56Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:03:33 
57David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
58Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
59Andréa Grendene (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
60Krzysztof Jezowski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
61Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
62Daniel Walter Rogelin (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
63Giorgio Brambila (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
64Fabio Negri (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
65Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
66Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
67Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
68Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
69David Gutiérrez Palacios (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
70Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
71Sébastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
72Enrico Zen (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
73Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
74Sergio Lagana (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
75Francesco Tizza (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
76Aristide Ratti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
77Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
78Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
79Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
80Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) ISD - Neri0:05:11 
81Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
82Philipp Ludescher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:08:15 
83René Haselbacher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
84Andrea Tonti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
85Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
86Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Carmiooro NGC  
87Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri  
88Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
89Antonio Quadranti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
90Noè Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto  
91Mustafa Sayar (Tur) Turkey0:09:30 
DNFBünyamin Ozdemir (Tur) Turkey  
DNFParide Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
Mugla Sprint Prime
1Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo5pts
2Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri3 
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia1 
Marmaris Finish
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri15pts
2Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini14 
3Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne13 
4Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne12 
5David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne11 
6Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo10 
7Gustavo Dominguez Lemos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia9 
8Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne8 
9Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto7 
10Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox6 
11Giairo Ermeti (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic5 
12Christiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic4 
13Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini3 
14Dmytro Grabovsky (Ukr) ISD - Neri2 
15Hubert Schwab (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec1 
KOM 1
1Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri10pts
2Adam Sznitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice7 
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia5 
4Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo3 
5Thomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice1 
KOM 2 - Mugla Uni.
1Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia5pts
2Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri3 
3Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo2 
4Dmytro Grabovsky (Ukr) ISD - Neri1 
Teams
1Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne13:07:31 
2ISD - Neri0:00:28 
3Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:32 
4Xacobeo Galicia0:00:53 
5Team HTC - Columbia  
6Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:59 
7Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:20 
8Skil - Shimano0:02:17 
9De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:02:32 
10Footon-Servetto  
11Liquigas-Doimo0:04:01 
12CCC Polsat Polkowice0:04:07 
13Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:06:04 
14CarmioOro NGC0:10:32 
General classification after stage 3
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9:11:47 
2Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri0:00:01 
3André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:06 
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:10 
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:13 
6Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:20 
7Dominique Cornu (Bel) Skil - Shimano0:00:22 
8Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
9David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
10Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:23 
11Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:26 
12Dmytro Grabovsky (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
13Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
14Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:30 
15Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
16Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano0:00:31 
17Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:33 
18Gian-Paolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:00:34 
19Jose Alberto De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:36 
20Gustavo Dominguez Lemos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:37 
21Hubert Schwab (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:42 
22Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
23Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
24Giairo Ermeti (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:44 
25Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
26Francisco José Pacheco Torres (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
27Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD - Neri0:00:50 
28Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:53 
29Silvere Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:54 
30Thomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:00:56 
31Andrei Sartasov (Rus) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:00:57 
32Christiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:01:00 
33Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:06 
34Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:24 
35Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:31 
36Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:34 
37Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:02:01 
38Alan Marangoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:02:06 
39Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:02:14 
40Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:02:15 
41Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:19 
42Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano0:02:35 
43Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD - Neri0:02:41 
44Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:42 
45Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) ISD - Neri0:02:46 
46Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:02:51 
47Gustavo Rodriguez Iglesias (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:52 
48Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:02:55 
49Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:00 
50Johnny Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto0:03:05 
51Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
52Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia0:03:15 
53Alberto Fernandez Sainz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:03:22 
54Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:03:36 
55Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:03:43 
56Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:03:55 
57Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:04:05 
58Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:04:06 
59Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC0:04:10 
60David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
61Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:04:11 
62Enrico Zen (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:04:12 
63Andréa Grendene (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:04:18 
64Sergio Lagana (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic  
65Krzysztof Jezowski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:04:21 
66Giorgio Brambila (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:04:22 
67Francesco Tizza (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:04:27 
68Aristide Ratti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:04:28 
69Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:04:29 
70David Gutiérrez Palacios (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:04:31 
71Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:04:42 
72Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:04:43 
73Fabio Negri (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:04:50 
74Daniel Walter Rogelin (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:04:51 
75Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) ISD - Neri0:05:48 
76Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:06:06 
77Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
78Jorge Giacinti (Arg) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:06:53 
79Oleg Berdos (Mol) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:07:02 
80Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:07:14 
81Sébastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:11:47 
Points classification
1Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri15pts
2André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia15 
3Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini14 
4Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini14 
5Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne13 
6Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic13 
7Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne12 
8Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox12 
9David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne11 
10Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Carmiooro NGC11 
11Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo10 
12Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto10 
13Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9 
14Gustavo Dominguez Lemos (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia9 
15Francisco José Pacheco Torres (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia9 
16Giorgio Brambila (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic8 
17Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto7 
18Krzysztof Jezowski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice7 
19Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri6 
20Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox6 
21Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD - Neri6 
22Thomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice5 
23Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo5 
24Dmytro Grabovsky (Ukr) ISD - Neri5 
25Giairo Ermeti (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic5 
26Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Footon-Servetto5 
27Christiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic4 
28Job Vissers (Ned) Skil - Shimano4 
29Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini3 
30David Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano2 
31Hubert Schwab (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec1 
32Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia1 
33René Haselbacher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec1 
Turkish Beauty Sprint classification
1Thomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice5pts
2Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3 
3Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri1 
Mountains classification
1Diego Caccia (Ita) ISD - Neri14pts
2Nelson Oliveira (Por) Xacobeo Galicia10 
3Adam Sznitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice7 
4Thomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice6 
5Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo5 
6Hubert Schwab (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec3 
7Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne2 
8Dmytro Grabovsky (Ukr) ISD - Neri1 
Teams classification
1Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne27:35:56 
2Team HTC - Columbia0:00:24 
3ISD - Neri0:00:48 
4Vorarlberg - Corratec0:01:16 
5Xacobeo Galicia0:01:17 
6Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:30 
7Lampre-Farnese Vini0:01:41 
8Skil - Shimano0:02:53 
9Footon-Servetto0:03:00 
10De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:04:01 
11Liquigas-Doimo0:04:06 
12CCC Polsat Polkowice0:05:19 
13Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:07:58 
14CarmioOro NGC0:11:59 

 

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