Davide Rebellin put on the turquoise jersey in Marmaris, after stage 4 of Tour of Turkey. The Italian arrived at the finish line safely in the peloton, with the same time as the winner, Andre Greipel.
The team was very strong today and always in the control. Mateusz Taciak and Tomasz Kiendyś paced the peloton in the initial part of racing, and later on other “riders in orange” took over. Also the sprinters teams joined us in the front – Lotto-Soudal and Etixx-Quick Step – and we just sat on their wheels. When Pauwels and McCarthy, GC contenders pulled away on the climb, Nikolay Mihaylov and Stefan Schumacher set high pace and enabled the escapees to create a large gap. Davide was riding calmly, he knew the finale, knew the downhill and knew that there is no point in breaking away at that point, since the sprinters’ teams will surely bring the race to the bunch sprint. We have in Turkey very strong team. Davide can count on it and today we were never in panic – sporting director, Gabriele Missaglia said.
Category 3 climb located at 32km into the stage saw a lot of action. In a result of numerous attacks the group split and a 5-man breakaway managed to create over 3 minute gap. They didn’t stay in the front for too long though and the leaders were brought back in.
Six riders were involved in the next move – Boem, Guillou, Pozzo, Planet, Seeldraeyers and Berhane. CCC Sprandi Polkowice, with the race leader, Davide Rebellin, was making sure that they don’t gain too much of advantage. “Riders in orange”, who worked alongside the sprinters teams, kept the gap at around 2:20.
The escapees were reeled in on the last hill (uncategorized), 11km from the finish. In the same moment 6 riders launched the attacks. Two of them were big GC threat for Davide Rebellin – Jay McCarthy and Serge Pauwels were both in the top 10. Rebellin’s teammates took on the chase right away and the sprinters’ teams joined them when it was getting close to the line. The escape was caught on the final kilometer and the stage was decided in a bunch sprint. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) had the strongest punch in the end and took his 10th stage win in Turkey. Daniele Colli (Nippo – Vini Fantini) and Daniele Ratto (UnitedHealthcare) finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Davide Rebellin came in in the bunch, and maintained the overall lead.
Results of stage 4 of Tour of Turkey, Fethiye – Marmaris, 132km
1. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal)
2. Daniele Colli (Nippo – Vini Fantini)
3. Daniele Ratto (UnitedHealthcare)
16. Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
30. Łukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
31. Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
41. Stefan Schumacher (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
44. Adrian Honkisz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
87. Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 1:34
94. Tomasz Kiendyś (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 3:15
136. Mateusz Taciak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 7:03