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The second stage covered 155 flat kilometres from Alanya to Antalya, where BORA – hansgrohe Sam Bennett sprinted to glory. Like yesterday, a group of four riders went up the road and opened up a gap of some minutes, while BORA – hansgrohe took control over the peloton and closed the gap shortly before the finish. Approaching the finale, the BORA – hansgrohe train started to form their lead-out for Sam Bennett. After another great performance from the whole German team, the Irish sprinter took an impressive win ahead of A.J. Hodeg. Following his win, the BORA – hansgrohe sprinter now leads the sprint as well as the general classification of the Tour of Turkey. 

Photo: credit Brian Hodes / VeloImages

SporToto Stage 2 Alanya – Antalya summary result: 
1. 41 Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe)
2. 53 Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors)
3. 3 Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)
SporToto Turquoise jersey summary standings:
1. 41 Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe) 6hrs 53mins 35 secs
2. 56 Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) + 06 secs
3. 34 Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing) +12 sec

From the Finish Line
“I’m happy. It’s a bit of a relief. I came here after a quiet mid-season. I won’t say I can relax now but some of the pressure has gone. There are still some opportunities to come and the guys did a fantastic job today, as well. I really want to thank them. In the finale, I didn’t really know if we’d caught the breakaway or not because with around 10km to go it was so dangerous that I just had to concentrate on what I was doing. There was talking on the earpiece, and I would have liked to have put my hands up, but Quick-Step Floors came with about 500-600m to go and it was perfect positioning. It’s always good to get a victory going into the off-season. It keeps the morale high when you don’t have much racing. “ –Sam Bennett

“After yesterday’s second stage we went into today’s stage to go for the stage win. The boys did a great job and Sam finished it off with an impressive win. Now we have the leaders and the sprint jersey, and of course, we are going to defend these jerseys in the upcoming days.” – Enrico Poitschke, sports director 

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