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Tour of Turkey: Stępniak among the fastest, Mihaylov in the break

Grzegorz Stępniak made the top 10 on the stage for the sprinters at Tour of Turkey. Nikolay Mihaylov made his presence known by getting into the breakaway of the day.

On stage 4 the race headed from the hilly inland of Turkey down to the seaside. First 38 kilometers went uphill towards the two categorized climbs, which were followed by a very long descend. The finale was flat and since the weather looked nice at the start, the sprinters could finally hope for a typical bunch sprint, which hasn’t happened since the beginning of the race.

The peloton stretched out on the climb but nobody was able to create a bigger gap. The breakaway of the day was formed after the second KOM and included CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Nikolay Mikhaylov. He broke clear alongside Mirko Tedeschi (Southeast – Venezuela), Paweł Cieślik (Verva ActiveJet), Dominik Hrinkow (Team Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang), Sven Van Luijk (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT) and Alessandro Malaguti (Unieuro Wilier). They established over 3 minute gap.

With 40 kilometers to go, when the advantage dropped to 2 minutes, Cieślik, Van Luijk and Malaguti pulled away from the escape, while Mihaylov and the rest of former escapees got reeled in by the bunch.

Within the final 15 kilometers Malaguti launched another attack, this time going solo, but eventually it all came back together with 5km to go. Lotto-Soudal was setting the pace for its leader, Andre Greipel, but started the lead too early. Other teams got involved and eventually it was Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) who notched the win. He bested Daniele Colli (Nippo – Vini Fantini) and Manuel Belletti (Southeast – Venezuela).

Grzegorz Stępniak did a great job of finding his way at the front of the group to position himself for the sprint. He was jumping from one wheel to another and kicked off the sprint, from 2-3 position. Eventually he came in 8th.