Sam Bennett wins stage three of the @TourofturkeyTUR @Sammmy_Be @BORAhansgrohe #Tur2018 #TUR2018 #Tourofturkey #Tourofturkey2018

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Stage three at the Tour of Turkey was another finish for the sprinters. Today’s 137km fast stage went from Fethiye to Marmaris and was a great chance for Sam Bennett to defend his leader jersey and he did so in fine fashion. Like yesterday, the BORA – hansgrohe train perfectly delivered the chance for Bennett by controlling the whole day at the front of the peloton. In the tricky and fast finale, which Bennett knew from last year, where he took the win, the Irish sprinter navigated his way to begin his long winning sprint and in doing so extends his lead at the Tour of Turkey ahead of M. Richeze. 

Results

01        S. Bennett      3:16:27
02        M. Richeze      +0:00
03        J. Degenkolb   +0:00
 

From the Finish Line

“I thought it would be harder on the climb but I was actually comfortable. They only went hard the last 500 metres and I could hang on for that. The descent was pretty fast. A lot of guys came back when I thought maybe they wouldn’t. It was a hard fight for the wheels then, but my guys did a great job and looked after me all day, on the climb as well. I was on the Quick-Step train again in the last 500m. There was a slight hesitation at 220-230m to go and I decided to hit it instead of letting guys come over the top of me. At that moment I thought, maybe I’ve gone too long here, but I was able to hold onto it so I’m delighted.” – Sam Bennett

“What should I say, we knew that Sam and all the other guys are more than motivated to defend our leader jersey, and they did an fantastic job again. Juraj, Matteo, Maciej and Alex protected Sam the whole day and, on the climbs, Jay and Lukas stayed with Sam. The team worked once again together and Sam finished it off with another masterful sprint.” –@BORAhansgrohe  Enrico Poitschke, sports director