Alexey Lutsenko wins Queen stage of Tour of Turkey
The Kazakh won the mountainous 205.5-kilometre fourth stage from Marmaris to the summit at Selcuk.
Kazakhstan’s Alexey Lutsenko won the Queen stage of the 54th Presidential Tour of Turkey to seize the overall lead on Friday.
Lutsenko (Astana) won the mountainous 205.5-kilometre fourth stage from Marmaris to the summit at Selcuk to take a four-second advantage ahead of Sunday’s finish in Istanbul.
Colombia’s Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), last year’s overall winner, was second and third place went to Spain’s Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias).
Ulissi is now second overall, with Prades third and two seconds further back, but the narrow margin of Lutsenko’s advantage means overall victory is by no means a formality despite two straightforward stages to come.
Briton James Knox (QuickStep-Floors) was fourth on the day and Ireland’s Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) fifth, as a group of 13 racers finished on the same time.
Ireland’s Sam Bennett was 129th on the stage, around 12 minutes behind.
Bennett won successive sprint stages on Wednesday and Thursday, but the Bora-hansgrohe rider was never likely to be in contention on the steep route, the week’s toughest stage, and relinquished the overall lead.
Saturday’s fifth stage is the 135.7km route from Selcuk to Manisa, which features one classified climb early in the day, but Ulissi and Prades may seek time bonuses to wrest the lead from Lutsenko.