Stage 1 (156.7km) of the Presidential Tour of Turkey — It was pretty busy yesterday. Had quite a bit to organise the last few weeks, so it’s been a bit stressful. Now first race, first win — couldn’t be better.
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It was a pretty easy day out there, not a bad breakaway. They didn’t get too much time, but that makes it stressful in the end because everyone is fresh, and everyone thinks they are a sprinter. So that makes it hard.
My job is pretty relaxed. The team has been looking after me. They want me to come back on a good level, so I didn’t actually physically have to lead out Sam. I was just there as a protection in case he needed me later on and thankfully he didn’t need me.
So, good job by the team.
The helmet was one lucky fan’s dream run this morning. He happened to be there 10 minutes before the start when I couldn’t quite get a helmet big enough to fit my head due to signing with the team so late. A Specialized helmet is on its way. This one had to fill in the time. Thankfully it was sponsorship correct, just a bit off on the colours.
One lucky fan made his day, and thankfully I got to start.
Stage 1, Top 5 results:
1. Sam Bennett (IRL), Bora-Hansgrohe, 3:32:34
2. Fabio Jakobsen (NED), Deceuninck – Quick-Step, s.t.
3. Caleb Ewan (AUS), Lotto Soudal, s.t.
4. Eduard Michael Grosu (ROM), Delko-Marseille Provence, s.t.
5. Simone Consonni (ITA), UAE-Team Emirates, s.t.
General classification, Top 5 results:
1. Sam Bennett (IRL), Bora-Hansgrohe, 3:32:24
2. Fabio Jakobsen (NED), Deceuninck – Quick-Step, +0:04
3. Caleb Ewan (AUS), Lotto Soudal, +0:06
4. Lorenzo Fortunato (ITA), Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM, +0:07
5. Álvaro Robredo (ESP), Burgos-BH, +0:08
About Shane Archbold:
New Zealand WorldTour rider Shane Archbold signed his second stint with Bora-Hansgrohe in April after starting the 2019 season with EvoPro Racing following a year with Aqua Blue Sport. The 2013 An Post Ras stage winner is a critical component in the Bora sprint train, which leads out such notable sprinters as Sam Bennett and three-time world champion Peter Sagan.