The cyclist of the HTC-Columbia group, André Greipel won the last, 8th stage of the Tour of Turkey. For him it was the 5th victory in this year’s edition of the Turkish race. Giovanni Visconti (ISD-Neri) triumphed in the final general classification. A good 11th place in today’s stage was won by Krzysztof Jeżowski (CCC Polsat Polkowice).
The heroes of today were Ermanno Capelli (Footon-Servetto), Kalle Kriit (Cofidis), Oleg Berdos (De Rosa – Stac Plastic), David Deroo (Skil-Shimano) and Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice). The five cyclists broke away around 25 km before the finish line and had a little advantage of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
At the halfway point teams ISD-Neri and HTC-Columbia went into the game, and they started to eliminate the advantage of the escape group. When the peleton had the leading group almost at hand Capelli and Deroo attacked. Unfortunately this action was also unsuccessful and after a few kilometres there was nobody in front of the peleton.
Teams of sprint cyclists joined the struggle, wishing to put their leaders to the best possible positions. In the last few kilometres Tomasz Kiendyś (CCC Polsat Polkowice) set the pace in the peleton. Unfortunately Krzysztof Jeżowski did not manage to take a place in the first ten, although he was really close. The champion of Poland finished racing today in the 11th place. André Greipel won the stage, defeating Angelo Furlan (Lampre-Farnese Vini) and Kenny Van Hummel (Skil – Shimano).
In the general classification Giovanni Visconti triumphed, winning by 29 seconds over Tejay Van Garderen (Team HTC – Columbia) and the third David Moncoutié (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne), who was 33 seconds adrift of the Italian.
The highest classified Pole was Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas), who was 29th (09:15 to the leader).
Adrian Honkisz did best of CCC cyclists, taking the 40th position (26:35 to Visconti).
Results of stage 8, Finike – Antalya, distance 114 km
1. André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC – Columbia 3:41:40
2. Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
3. Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil – Shimano
11. Krzysztof Jeżowski
43. Adam Sznitko
44. Tomasz Kiendys
45. Dariusz Batek
49. Adrian Honkisz 0:00:06
60. Łukasz Bodnar
72. Bartłomiej Matysiak