Giovanni Visconti won the third stage of the Tour of Turkey. The Italian from the team of ISD-Neri beat at the finish his companions from the breakaway – the Slovak Simon Spilak from Lampre – Farnese Vini and the Estonian Rein Taaramae from Cofidisu, who became a new leader.
Numerous attacks started the race, however only when Poles joined them they managed to escape the peleton. In the lead of four racers was Maciej Bodnar from Liquigas-Doimo and Adam Sznitko from CCC Polsat Polkowice, who ran out of strength during the second climb.
The team of ISD-Neri wanted to take advantage of the uphill stretches of the third stage, by splitting the peleton through setting a very fast pace. In the lead there was Tomasz Marczyński, who unfortunately fell down in the second leg of the stage.
After absorbing the breakaway group, the last climb of that day tempted the cyclists to renew attacks. Again the main part was Giovanni Visconti’s, who split 9 kilometres before the finish line together with three other cyclists of Cofidisu and Simonem Spilakiem.
The leading group did not let others catch up with them, and the Cofidis, having the advantage in the number of cyclists was taught a lesson about how not to act during the finish. They were defeated both by the victorious Visconti and by Spilak. To console them Taaramae won the leader’s jersey, and it will be really hard to take it back from him.
Tomasz Marczyński despite the crash and the disease managed to come 28th and in the general classification he is 30th. The CCC Polsat Polkowice lost his King of the Mountains jersey, however he is still leading in the classification of the ‘Turkish Beauties’
Results of stage 3, Bodrum – Marmaris, distance 166 km
1. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD – Neri 4:22:28
2. Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini
3. Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
28. Tomasz Marczyński 0:00:22
40. Dariusz Batek 0:01:39
50. Adrian Honkisz 0:02:13
60. Krzysztof Jeżowski 0:03:33
73. Tomasz Kiendyś
78. Bartłomiej Matysiak
99. Adam Sznitko 0:16:42
100. Łukasz Bodnar