Tour of Antalya: Bernas 13th in mountain top finish

Paweł Bernas finished 13th in unusually short, but very tough with mountain top finish, stage 3 of Tour of Antalya. 

Info: Stage 3, February 24th, Antalya – Feslikan, 32,5km

Course: mountain top finish (11km long, avg. 9,2%)

After two days of rain and low temperatures, the sun in Turkey finally came out and riders could take on the shortest stage ever (which is not a time trial) in good conditions. Unfortunately among the starters there was no Michał Paluta, who got sick in the bad weather and was unable to continue.

32,5-kilometer stage saw lots of action and featured a 3-man breakaway which gained 50s on the bunch, with all CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders in it. The peloton caught the escape at the foot of 11-kilometer climb that led to the finish. It didn’t take too much longer, until Artem Ovechkin (Marathon Tula) launched a solo move. He held on to claim the stage win and to take overall lead. 2nd Awet Hatbom (Polartec-Kometa) was 42 seconds back and Edoardo Zardini (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) finished 3rd.

Paweł Bernas, who had been the highest placed CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider in GC before the stage, reached the the top in 13th place (1:42 behind). Piotr Brożyna also made the top 20, taking 19th.