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Schulze strikes in Bodrum

André Schulze (PSK Whirlpool - Author) wins

André Schulze (PSK Whirlpool - Author) wins (Image credit: Presidential Cycling Tour)

By Jean-François Quénet in Bodrum, Turkey

André Schulze (PSK Whirlpool) claimed a stage victory at the 45th Presidential Cycling Tour when nobody anticipate a bunch sprint in Bodrum. The victory made up for the previous stage, when David Garcia Dapena's attack in the closing kilometres prevented Schulze from winning in Kusadasi.

"I knew this finale as I rode here last year already," Schulze said. "I was in perfect position for the last three kilometres and I wasn't affected by the crash at the roundabout because it happened behind me. With 200 metres to go I moved up and then took the lead with 100 metres left. I'm as happy today as I was frustrated yesterday."

Schulze won stage two's field sprint, but was three seconds behind Garcia Dapena in second place. Stage three of the Presidential Tour of Turkey gave him the opportunity to get his first win of the year and the 20th of his career that began in 2001.

CSF Group - Navigare continues to hold a commanding overall lead. The squad's Italian rider Mauro Finetto leads the general classification with Argentinean teammate Mauro Abel Richeze six seconds behind.

Click here for our full coverage of stage three.

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