Updated on 2022-04-21 16:42:46
On the sixth day of the Tour of Turkey, the puncheurs had their chance to shine. At the end of a 200 kilometer long stage, a short but delicate final climb awaited the riders on the Gallipoli peninsula. After the last breakaways were caught ten kilometers from the finish, a frantic pace brought the peloton to the foot of the final climb, where Israel-Premier Tech imposed a tight tempo. With three riders - Michael Schwarzmann, Harm Vanhoucke and Jasper De Buyst - Lotto Soudal perfectly protected his sprinter at the forefront of the stretched peloton.
"Once again I have to say a big thank you to my teammates. I'm really impressed with how they guided me to the finish today. Their work makes me really proud and it's so good to finish it today. The wind played a big role in the last kilometers. It was a block of headwind and I absolutely didn't want to start my sprint too early so as not to be overtaken in the last meters. I really had to time my sprint to perfection and I'm happy that I was able to sustain my effort to the finish, securing my second stage win here this year. And doing it in Gallipoli, an important place in Australian history, makes this victory even more special," concluded Caleb Ewan.