Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) was the winner of 3rd stage of Tour of Turkey and put on the race leader’s jersey. Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat Polkowice) occupies the fifth place.
During the third stage of the race cyclists struggled with the first mountain stage of the Tour of Turkey ended a 15- kilometer long uphill to the pass Elmali . Cycling peloton started from Finike and had to drive 185 km route.
Mileage of the 3rd stage was very dynamic and full of very dramatic event. For the first kilometer route when it was relatively flat, the peloton rode together. After the first uphill and first bonus tore the peloton into smaller groups. Then a group of five riders attacked: Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen), Nico Sijmems (Wanty), Christophe Le Mevel (Cofidis) and Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (MTB – Qhubeka). Quite unexpectedly, they managed to pull away and kilometer to kilometer began to gain the upper hand. In the middle distance escapees had an advantage of up to about 6 minutes. The next uphill, where there was a second mountain bonus, the advantage of escaping group was already less than 3 minutes and the peloton was still riding very high rate of successively offsetting advantage.
Very actively this day rode CCC Polsat Polkowice riders. As promised the team ‘s sporting director Robert Krajewski, during this stage of the fight for the highest score has hoined Davide Rebellin and Tomasz Marczyński. At 30 km to the finish line, on one with a rather difficult slopes there was a big accident in which they lay, among others, CCC riders among them the leader Davide Rebellin. Luckily, the effort of the whole team was able to ” lead ” him to the front of the paloton.
Escape was got just before the final uphill to the Elmali . The peloton was divided and at the head was Davide Rebellin and Tomasz Marczyński.
For the last two kilometers before the finish, attacked Taaramae and Yates. They left for a few seconds, which proved to be enough to fight for the stage win. Cyclists riding behind them failed to organize an effective chase. Be the first to the finish line for the past Elmali Estonian Rein Taaramae ( Cofidis ) beating about 6 seconds by Adam Yates ( Orica ) . With a loss of 38 seconds to run a small group of four entered which Romain Hardy ( Cofidis ) won the third place Davide Rebellin and driven the finish line in 5th place.
Tomasz Marczyński finishing in 14th position.
In the general classification stage winner took the lead, Rein Taaramae ( Cofidis ) and will start tomorrow’s stage in the race leader’s jersey .
Davide Rebellin in the general occupies 5th position and Tomasz Marczyński 14th .