André Schulze 5th in the mass sprint in Antalya
In the mass sprint to determine the outcome of the second stage of the Tour of Turkey, André Schulze rides to fifth place. Today's winner in Antalya is Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) followed by Matthew Goss (GreenEdge) and Matteo Pelucchi (Europcar) in second and third place.
By finishing in second place, Goss is taking the lead in the general classification ahead of Greipel and Pelucchi.
As André Schulze was unable to impact the outcome of yesterday's stage after getting caught up in a mass crash in the finishing stretch, the second day of the Tour went much better for Team NetApp. Once the peloton had covered the first 45 kilometers of the stage from Alanya to Antalya, five riders saw their chance to break away. As expected, the stage ended in a mass sprint on the slightly hilly route covering mostly wide roads.
"The team optimally paved the way for André, and he did a great job finishing things off. Some of the best sprinters in the world are racing here. We have nothing to be ashamed of with fifth place! The fact that André was once again able to be completely focused and keep up the pace in the finishing sprint one day after his fall also attests to his quality as a sprinter," praised Sport Director Jens Heppner.
Tomorrow's third stage from Antalya to Elmali has three categorized climbs, two of which are category one. After 151.8 kilometers the race will end with a summit finish at an altitude of 1,850 meters. "The stage will be really tough and will certainly signify a preliminary decision for the general classification," Heppner says in his assessment.
stage 1, 22 April: Alanya - Alanya, 135.2 km
stage 2, 23 April: Alanya - Antalya, 152.2 km
stage 3, 24 April: Antalya - Elmali, 151.8 km
stage 4, 25 April: Fethiye - Marmaris, 132.5 km
stage 5, 26 April: Marmaris - Turgutreis, 177.8 km
stage 6, 27 April: Bodrum - Kusadasi, 179 km
stage 7, 28 April: Kusadasi - Izmir, 123.8 km
stage 8, 29 April: Istanbul, 120.4 km