Velonews: Rebellin Extends Lead, Modolo Notches First Win Of Year In Turkey


Jan 3, 2005
<figure ><img title="Cycling: 51th Tour of Turkey 2015/ Stage 5" src=""/><p>Lampre-Merida's Sacha Modolo sprinted to victory in stage 5 of Tour of Turkey in a small group that contained race leader Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi-Polkowice). Photo: Tim De Waele | <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p></figure><p>ISTANBUL (AFP) — Italian Sacha Modolo broke a six-month drought with his first win of the season in stage 5 of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Thursday in Pamukkale.</p>
<p>The Lampre-Merida rider, beat home Spain’s Carlos Cuesta Barbero (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Australian Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo), who were second and third, respectively, as well as seven other riders who got away from the main pack at the end of the 160km stage, which finished at a World Heritage Site known for dramatic cliffside bathing springs.</p>
<p>Among those 10 breakaway riders was 43-year-old Italian Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi-Polkowice), who snuck into the winning move to extend his overall race lead.</p>
<p>Rebellin, who in 2004 was the first rider to sweep the Ardennes classics treble then was later banned for two years after a doping positive at the 2008 Olympics, extended his lead over Lampre’s Croatian rider Kristijan Durasek from seven seconds to 22 seconds in the overall.</p>
<p>Wednesday’s stage winner, the German sprint ace André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), did not start the stage, saying he would now go and prepare for the Giro d’Italia which starts on May 9 in Sanremo.</p>
<p>On Friday, the race will offer a summit finish at the end of a 184-kilometer stage from Denizli to Selçuk.</p>
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