Stage 4 (194.3km) of the Presidential Tour of Turkey — It was cold, cold long day today. Obviously a 190-odd [kilometres] into a block headwind most of the way, with a little bit of crosswind just for good measure made for a long one and quite boring. But wasn’t too bad. We have a bit of sun here at the finish, so that’s the main thing.

We are staying motivated. It’s obviously a long season, and it’s a good way to start, especially for me with a couple of victories for the team. Just step by step. Motivation is not the problem, apart from this morning waking up at 6:30am made it a bit difficult. We got there in the end, now back to the hotel to recover.

Unfortunately, apart from two days ago going through Gallipoli there, we haven’t really seen anything apart from motorways. See a bit of sea and a bit of green, but can’t say I’ve seen any good architecture on the side of the motorway just yet. Not that I can remember anyway.

Maybe I’ll look around now. 

Stage 4, Top 5 results:

1. Caleb Ewan (AUS), Lotto Soudal, 5:21:38

2. Juan José Lobato (ESP), Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizané, s.t.

3. Sam Bennett (IRL), Bora-Hansgrohe, s.t.

4. Simone Consonni (ITA), UAE-Team Emirates, s.t.

5. Fabio Jakobsen (NED), Deceuninck – Quick-Step, s.t.

General classification, Top 5 results:

1. Sam Bennett (IRL), Bora-Hansgrohe, 16:25:42

2. Felix Großschartner (AUT), Bora-Hansgrohe, +0:24

3. Jhonatan Restrepo (COL), Manzana-Postobon, +0:26

4. Jan Polanc (SLO), UAE-Team Emirates, +0:30

5. Gonzalo Serrano (ESP), Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, 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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