Stage 2 (183.3km) of the Presidential Tour of Turkey — We are obviously coming to a country like this and never seeing the climbs, you are really unsure if it’s possible for Sam [Bennett] or if it’s not possible, or what the situation is going to be.

The best plan was for me to ride ahead as hard as I could and then I know he is still there, and then try to limit the attacks. Thankfully it went well. One-two for the team. 

It’s Sam’s ninth stage win in Turkey, so successful day.

Stage 2, Top 5 results:

1. Sam Bennett (IRL), Bora-Hansgrohe, 4:41:48

2. Felix Großschartner (AUT), Bora-Hansgrohe, s.t.

3. Jhonatan Restrepo (COL), Manzana-Postobon, s.t.

4. Gonzalo Serrano (ESP), Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, s.t.

5. Jan Polanc (SLO), UAE-Team Emirates, s.t.

General classification, Top 5 results:

1. Sam Bennett (IRL), Bora-Hansgrohe, 8:14:02

2. Felix Großschartner (AUT), Bora-Hansgrohe, +0:14

3. Jhonatan Restrepo (COL), Manzana-Postobon, +0:16

4. Jan Polanc (SLO), UAE-Team Emirates, +0:20

5. Valerio Conti (ITA), UAE-Team Emirates, s.t.

For previous diary entry, click here.

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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