Vitaliy Buts fled Ukraine to race the Tour of Turkey

KUSADASI TURKEY APRIL 10 Vitaliy Buts of Ukraine and Sakarya Bb Pro Team celebrates at podium as white sprint points leader jersey winner during the 57th Presidential Cycling Tour Of Turkey 2021 Stage 1 a 202km stage from Bodrum to Kuadas TUR2022 on April 10 2022 in Kusadasi Turkey Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Vitaliy Buts (Sakarya BB Pro Team) being awarded the white points leader jersey after stage 1 of the Tour of Turkey (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

When Vitaliy Buts broke away in search of points for the King of the Mountains at the Tour of Turkey on Sunday, it looked like business as usual, but this time around, the Ukrainian pushed harder and was far more emotional because of the war in his country.

“I made the breakaway because it’s important for our team to appear on stage at prize giving ceremony,” said Buts after stage 1 of the Tour of Turkey. He is riding for Turkish continental squad Sakarya BB Pro Team.

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