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Tour of Turkey: Welsford wins stage 5 sprint

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Jasper Philipsen sprints to the line but Welsford is about to pass him

Jasper Philipsen sprints to the line but Welsford is about to pass him (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Tour of Turkey race leader Eduardo Sepúlveda (Drone Hopper)

Tour of Turkey race leader Eduardo Sepúlveda (Drone Hopper) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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There were attacks and echelons on stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey

There were attacks and echelons on stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Alex Dowsett (Israel-Premier Tech)

Alex Dowsett (Israel-Premier Tech) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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There were several attacks during stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey

There were several attacks during stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Tour of Turkey stage 5 sprint begins

The Tour of Turkey stage 5 sprint begins (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Sam Welsford (Team DSM) takes centre stage after winning stage 5

Sam Welsford (Team DSM) takes centre stage after winning stage 5 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Sam Welsford (Team DSM) won stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey

Sam Welsford (Team DSM) won stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey (Image credit: Getty Images)

Sam Welsford took his first professional win and gave Team DSM their first win of the 2022 season on stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey in Ayvalik.  

The 26-year-old Australian switched from the track to road racing after the Tokyo Olympics and used his track speed to pass Jasper Philipsen while sat in the saddle in the final 100 metres. 

Both had surged passed Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) who started his sprint early along the barriers. When Ewan was passed, he eased up, while behind Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) lost his chain and his pedal and was also unable to sprint. 

A crash inside the final kilometre saw several riders go down. However Tour of Turkey stage 4 winner Eduardo Sepúlveda (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli) kept the turquoise leader’s jersey.

Welsford had shown his spring form by finishing third at Scheldeprijs and fourth at the Bredene Koksijde Classic.

“This is my first pro victory in my first season in the pro peloton and I’ve really been enjoying it so far,” Welsford said. 

“Team DSM have been really hungry to win and we’ve been going step by step. The win today has been coming, so really happy for the team and for myself. 

“I knew it was pretty close coming into the last 150 metres. I was actually quite far back and so I followed Philipsen through a gap and it opened up in the middle after a lot of guys went quite early. I just saw the line, put my head down and I couldn’t believe when I crossed the line first.”  

The stage saw Feritcan Samli (Spor Toto) and Michiel Stockman (Saris Rouvy) spend a long time out front, with Pat Bevin of Israel-Premier Tech taking a one-second time bonus at an intermediate sprint to close to 13 seconds on Sepúlveda. 

Israel-Premier Tech, Alpecin-Fenix and Human Powered Health then split the peloton in crosswinds but the peloton came back together with 50km to go. Another attack was allowed to go clear, with Maurice Ballerstedt (Alpecin-Fenix) the last survivor before the sprint team took over and prepare for the sprint. 

BikeExchange-Jayco, Israel PremierTech and Bora-Hansgrohe were all present up front but Welsford took the glory to end Team DSM’s lack of success. 

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Stephen Farrand

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and Cycling Weekly, among other publications.

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