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. 

Shane Archbold’s Tour of Turkey race diary – stage 1

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.

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