Bennett wins Tour of Turkey stage 1

Irishman beats Benfatto and Theuns in bunch finish

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took victory on the opening stage of the Tour of Turkey in Kemer. Bennett avoided a crash in the final 200 metres to claim his second win this month, beating Marco Benfatto (Androni Sidermec) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) in the high-speed sprint.

Hot off the heels of his Munsterland Giro victory and one of the few WorldTour sprinters in the bunch, Bennett was one of the pre-stage favourites on what was always expected to be a bunch sprint.

Bora-Hansgrohe was ever-present at the front of the peloton throughout the 170-kilometre stage, with some assistance from Trek-Segafredo and Gazprom-Rusvelo. They kept Bennett out of trouble as the peloton closed in on the finish line, avoiding a crash that several riders gown down in the middle of the bunch and then Shane Archbold skilfully lead out his team leader. The incident split the peloton, leaving only a small selection of riders to fight it out for the victory.

Bennett was led up the right side of the reduced bunch by Shane Archbold before he opened up his sprint with around 150 metres to go. The Irishman charged past several rivals and only a late charge from Benfatto threatened his victory. In the end, Bennett had half a bike's advantage on the Italian as they crossed the line.

The first stage of the 2017 Tour of Turkey set out from the coastal town of Alanya, east of Antalya. Onur Balkan and Batuhan Ozgur of the Turkish national team made it into the early break along with Alex Turrin (Wilier Triestina) and Flavio Cardoso Santos (Soul Brasil). The four later became six when Bardiani CSF duo Vincenzo Albanese and Simone Sterbini jumped across the gap.

After 20 kilometres of racing, the group held a 4:08 advantage over the peloton behind. By the halfway point of the stage, that had been cut down to just over two minutes as the sprinters' teams sprang into action. Gazprom-Rusvelo, Bora-Hansgrohe and Trek-Segafredo shared the duties for their respective fast-men.

Ozgur was the first to feel the strain of the pace and he was quickly distanced by his companions. It wouldn't be long before the remaining five riders found themselves back in the clutches of the peloton. Perhaps a little earlier than most would have ideally liked, the two groups were back together with 33 kilometres still to run.

The early catch meant that there was still time to attack and many tried their hand with attacks down the road. Ultimately, nothing stuck, with the high pace of the peloton and a head wind too making it difficult to stay away. A crash in the final two kilometres saw several riders hit the deck and divided what was left of the peloton. Bennett remained untroubled and had a clear run to the line to seal what he hopes to be the first of many victories this week.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Hansgrohe3:57:26 
2Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
3Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek - Segafredo  
4Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
5Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe  
6Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
7Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
8Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
9Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
11Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
12Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
13Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
14Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
15Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek - Segafredo  
16Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora - Hansgrohe  
17Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
18Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
19Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
20Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora - Hansgrohe  
21Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek - Segafredo  
22Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora - Hansgrohe  
23Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
24Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
25Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
26Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
27Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
28Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
29Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) UAE Team Emirates  
30Nazim Bakirci (Tur) Turkish national team  
31Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
32Serkan Balkan (Tur) Turkish national team  
33Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
34Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
35Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
36Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
37Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
38Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
39FrantišEk Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
40Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
41Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
42Patryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
43Ludovic Robeet (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
44Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
45Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
46Pedro Autran Dourado Dutra Nicacio (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:01:47 
47Lincoln Silva (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
48Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek - Segafredo  
49Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Trek - Segafredo  
50Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
51Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
52Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
53Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
54Jhon Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
55Danilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
56Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
57Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
58Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
59Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
60Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
61Onur Balkan (Tur) Turkish national team  
62Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
63Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
64Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
65Raphael Pires (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
66Rafael Reis (Por) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
67Lukas Spengler (Swi) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
68Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
69Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
70Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
71Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek - Segafredo  
72David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
73Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
74Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
75Victor Ranghetti (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
76Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
77Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
78Muhammet Atalay (Tur) Turkish national team  
79Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
80Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
81Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
82Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
83Feritcan Samli (Tur) Turkish national team  
84Ahmet Orken (Tur) Turkish national team  
85Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:03:38 
86Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
87Batuhan Özgür (Tur) Turkish national team  
88Piotr Brozyna (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
89Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
90Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
91Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team  
92Ahmet Akdilek (Tur) Turkish national team  
93Leopold Konig (Cze) Bora - Hansgrohe0:05:47 
94Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
95Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
96Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
97Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
98Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
99Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
100Murilo Ferraz Affonso (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
101Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
102Flavio Cardoso Santos (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFHector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
Sprint Classification - Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF5 pts
2Flavio Cardoso Santos (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team3 
3Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia1 
Sprint Classification - Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia5 pts
2Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates3 
3Muhammet Atalay (Tur) Turkish national team1 
Sprint Classification - Finish line
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Hansgrohe15 pts
2Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia14 
3Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek - Segafredo13 
4Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates12 
5Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe11 
6Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team10 
7Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates9 
8Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice8 
9Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA7 
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia6 
11Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team5 
12Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF4 
13Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF3 
14Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo2 
15Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek - Segafredo1 
King of the mountains - KOM1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF2 pts
2Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice1 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team3:57:26 
2Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
3Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
4Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
5Lincoln Silva (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
6Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
7Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
8Onur Balkan (Tur)  
9Raphael Pires (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
10Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
11Batuhan Özgür (Tur) Turkish national team  
12Piotr Brozyna (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
13Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bora - Hansgrohe11:52:18 
2Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
3Bardiani CSF  
4UAE Team Emirates  
5Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
6Trek - Segafredo  
7Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
8CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
9WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
10Gazprom - Rusvelo  
11Astana Pro Team  
12Turkish National Team  
13Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
General Classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Hansgrohe3:57:16 
2Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia0:00:04 
3Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek - Segafredo0:00:06 
4Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:07 
5Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
6Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:08 
7Flavio Cardoso Santos (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
8Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia0:00:09 
9Muhammet Atalay (Tur) Turkish national team  
10Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:10 
11Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe  
12Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
13Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
14Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
15Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
16Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
17Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
18Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
19Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
20Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
21Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek - Segafredo  
22Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora - Hansgrohe  
23Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
24Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
25Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
26Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora - Hansgrohe  
27Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek - Segafredo  
28Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora - Hansgrohe  
29Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
30Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
31Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
32Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
33Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) UAE Team Emirates  
34Nazim Bakirci (Tur) Turkish national team  
35Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
36Serkan Balkan (Tur) Turkish national team  
37Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
38Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
39Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe  
40Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
41Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
42Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
43FrantišEk Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
44Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
45Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
46Patryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
47Ludovic Robeet (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
48Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
49Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
50Lincoln Silva (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
51Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek - Segafredo  
52Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Trek - Segafredo  
53Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
54Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
55Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
56Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
57Jhon Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
58Danilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
59Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
60Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
61Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
62Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
63Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
64Onur Balkan (Tur)  
65Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
66Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
67Raphael Pires (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
68Rafael Reis (Por) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
69Lukas Spengler (Swi) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
70Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
71Julien Stassen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
72Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
73Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek - Segafredo  
74David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
75Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
76Victor Ranghetti (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
77Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
78Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
79Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
80Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
81Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
82Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
83Feritcan Samli (Tur) Turkish national team  
84Ahmet Orken (Tur) Turkish national team  
85Batuhan Özgür (Tur) Turkish national team  
86Piotr Brozyna (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
87Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
88Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
89Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team  
90Ahmet Akdilek (Tur) Turkish national team  
91Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
92Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
93Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
94Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
95Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
96Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
97Murilo Ferraz Affonso (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
98Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
99Pedro Autran Dourado Dutra Nicacio (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:01:57 
100Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:03:48 
101Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
102Leopold Konig (Cze) Bora - Hansgrohe0:05:57 
Sprint Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Hansgrohe15 pts
2Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia14 
3Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek - Segafredo13 
4Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates12 
5Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora - Hansgrohe11 
6Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team10 
7Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates9 
8Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice8 
9Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA7 
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia6 
11Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF5 
12Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia5 
13Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team5 
14Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF4 
15Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates3 
16Flavio Cardoso Santos (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team3 
17Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF3 
18Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo2 
19Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia1 
20Muhammet Atalay (Tur) Turkish national team1 
21Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek - Segafredo1 
King of the mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF2 pts
2Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice1 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF3:57:23 
2Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:03 
3Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
4Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
5Lincoln Silva (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
6Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
7Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
8Onur Balkan (Tur) Turkish national team  
9Raphael Pires (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
10Jimmy Duquennoy (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
11Batuhan Özgür (Tur) Turkish national team  
12Piotr Brozyna (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
13Kamil Malecki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bora - Hansgrohe11:52:18 
2Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia  
3Bardiani CSF  
4UAE Team Emirates  
5Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
6Trek - Segafredo  
7Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
8CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
9WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect  
10Gazprom - Rusvelo  
11Astana Pro Team  
12Turkish National Team  
13Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  

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