André Greipel, after the fantastic work of the team, won the sixth stage of the Tour of Turkey. The German from the team of HTC-Columbia triumphed for the fourth time! Adam Sznitko came to the finish line as 7th.
The sixth stage of the Tour of Turkey was very interesting. From the beginning numerous attacks and incredibly fast pace which eventually made a group of breakaways emerge. It consisted of: Władimir Isajczew (Xacobeo Galicia), Christophe Kern (Cofidis), Frederik Wilmann (Skil – Shimano) and Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Footon-Servetto). The team of ISD-Neri gave up the breakaway for 5 minutes, as that long was the loss of the highest classified Kern, to the leader Giovani Visconti.
The ‘game’ started during a hard climb. There, Cofidis started a tactic war, splitting the peleton with his attacks and an attempt at losing Visconti. Maciej Bodnar from Liquigas rode perfectly, he was riding with the best. In spite of numerous attempts, the French team was not able to threaten the position of the leader.
On a flat stretch and descent all groups started to get together, among them one with André Greipel. The team of HTC-Columbia started to gather at the front of the peleton and began an insane chase after two breakaway cyclists: Kern-Wilmann, as only those two remained in the lead.
43 km before the finish line the advantage was 5:20, and the road leading down the hill, as well as a small number of the chase group cyclists were in favour of the breakaway cyclists. The further kilometres showed that the two racers had a lot of chance, however, the peleton would be very close. The fierce chase of the HTC-Columbia team paid off, as 700 metres before the finish line the breakaway duet, now exhausted, got caught.
Visconti tried to surprise his competitors with a long finish, however, Manuel Belletti from Colnago – CSF Inox caught up with him, Greipel jumped from behind his back and scored his fourth victory in this race. Belletti, who was third, was also outraced by Davide Cimolai from Liquigas-Doimo.
This was the best stage by CCC Polsat Polkowice, because Adam Sznitko was on the seventh place.