Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the first stage of the Tour of Turkey and took the lead in the general classification. Grzegorz Stepniak finished in 23rd place.
At the beginning of the competition in the Turkish stage Tour of Turkey, the riders faced the stage length 144 km, which began and ended in the picturesque resort town of Turkish Riviera – Alanya . The route of this stage led to the extremely flat terrain which definitely favored sprinters, many of whom appeared at the start of the race.
About the course of the competition of cyclists on the 1st stage said team sports director, Robert Krajewski: The race started very fast. At the fifth kilometer there was a very strong attack and the peloton set off four riders. Unfortunately, among them was not our cyclist. Check out very quickly received a five-minute lead but teams with sprinters in his compositions is not allowed to escape reunites the finish line. The peloton took control team Omega Pharma – Quick Step , who worked on their leader , Mark Cavendish . The advantage began to decrease rapidly , and before entering the round in Alanya escape was eliminated. In the end , our team worked for Grzegorz Stepniak , who a year ago was seventh at this stage. Surprises , however, was not and when he reached stage win percentage – Omega Pharma team sprinter – Quick Step , Mark Cavendish .
For most of the route today 1st stage race was relatively easy – reported the highest classified rider CCC Polsat Polkowice, Grzegorz Stepniak. The peloton let four escapees, but the whole time controlling the situation. The last two rounds in Alanya already been madness. It was very nervous and in addition very quickly. Twenty sprinters , each up to push , fought for every meter and how to best position . It was very dangerous but it’s everyday sprinting duels – ended Stepniak.
Eventually , the fastest at the finish in Alanya was a Mark Cavendish ( Omega Pharma – Quick Step) , who defeated Elia Viviani ( Cannnondale ) and Theo Bos.
Grzegorz Stepniak finished in 23rd places.