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  1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) made use of his small frame to take victory on the uphill finish on stage 4 of the Tour of Turkey. The Australian dug deep to catch and pass Juan Jose Lobato (Nippo Vini Fantini), who had launched his sprint early.

    Lobato would hold on to take second place while Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed third to hold onto his race lead for yet another day.

    The uphill drag towards the finish line in Bursa made for a very aggressive finale that put most of the sprinters to the sword. A late attack from Mauro Finetto (Delko Marseille Provence) was brought back inside the final kilometre and the peloton was strung out under the force of the chase.


    Lobato was the first of the sprint contenders to blink, launching his move from around 10 riders back soon after the final turn. Bennett looked in prime position to take him back, but the Irishman did not have the turn of pace to bridge the small gap to the line. In the end, it was left to Ewan to make the chase.

    Ewan had been sat behind Bennett and had to go around him before making it up to the wheel of Lobato. He then jumped out of Lobato's wheel with just 50 metres remaining, taking the victory by less than a bike's length. The effort showed as Ewan lay flat on his back on the tarmac, hand to his face as he tried to catch his breath.

    "My team's done a really great job all week and we've committed every day to go for the win and I haven't rewarded them with the win, but I'm happy today to get that one. It was a super tough finish. I can't remember the last time that I went that deep to win a race," said Ewan.

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  2. Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - QuickStep) basted the opposition to gobble up stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey. The Dutchman beat Sam Bennett (Bora hansgrohe) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) to the line in Edremit.

    Maximiliano Richeze provided a strong leadout for the winner, bringing him to the front inside the final 300 meters after the rest of the Deceuninck team had controlled the peloton as they raced into the finale. Cavendish was well placed but was forced to come around Richeze as he opened his sprint, while Bennett was unable to produce a sprint that had netted him the first two stages. Jakobsen had to survive a late scare when a race flag from the side of the road hit him during the sprint but he stayed upright and capped another excellent day for the Belgian team. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) finished in fourth. In the overall standings, Bennett remains in the leader's jersey.

    "Without my teammates this win was impossible," Jakobsen said at the finish. "This is a victory for them. Okay I do the sprint but they bring me into position. Max was my last man and he brought me into position with 200 meters tog It was a slightly uphill sprint and even a Turkish flag couldn't stop me . I just happy that I won and can take home the victory."


    The stage break was formed when Victor Langelotti (Burgos), Urko Berrade (Euskadi), Umberto Marengo (Neri), Lindsay De Vylder (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Ahmet Örken and Feritcan Samli (Turkey) attacked. They built up a healthy lead but with so many strong sprinters in the field the result was inevitable.

    They break were eventually caught with 20km to go as QuickStep and Dimension Data did most of the work. The result provided further proof of Cavendish's improving health and fitness with the British rider picking up his best result in almost a year. He was well placed in the sprint but was forced to come around Richeze on the left side of the road and check his sprint as he did so.

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  3. Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) proved strongest in the final sprint between his breakaway companions to win Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday. The Dutch champion led the race onto the final section of the Schavei climb and then launched an unmatched early sprint to take the win ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in second, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) third and Michael Matthews (Sunweb) fourth.

    "I'm very happy and also proud to be there with three big names in front, and to finish it off like this is kind of like a dream," Van der Poel said in a post-race flash interview.

    "I'm really happy and I said before this Classics season that this race suits me the best and I'm glad I could prove that."

    Van der Poel, who had been one of the most active during the race, formed part of the winning breakaway when he, along with Alaphilippe, Wellens and Matthews, bridged across to lone escapee Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) on the final lap of three finishing circuits in Overijse that include climbs over Hagaard, Hertstraat, Holstheide, Ijskelderlaan and finally Schavei.


    Wellens attacked the five-man breakaway over the Holstheide, and even though he was quickly followed by Alaphilippe, Van der Poel and Matthews, the move distanced Impey with just over 10km to go.

    The quartet held a mere 20 seconds on the peloton but they managed to work well enough together to keep the speeds high and the chasing field at bay.

    As they approached the final two climbs, however, Alaphilippe jumped over the top of the Ijskelderlaan but it wasn't enough to drop Van der Poel, and Wellens and Matthews clawed their way back up.

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  4. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed back-to-back stages in the Tour of Turkey with an unstoppable sprint on stage 2.

    The Irishman unleashed a powerful sprint to win ahead of his teammate Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Manzana Postobon) on the uphill drag to the line.

    The victory extended Bennett’s overall lead in the race.


    Bora-Hansgrohe almost claimed the stage through Lukas Pöstlberger after a late attack by the Austrian road champion but he was caught just before the line and finished 15th.

    The win marked Bennett’s sixth of the 2019 campaign and once again highlighted Bora’s controversial decision to leave the Irishman at home for the Giro d’Italia next month. Bennett won three stages in the Giro last year.

    The stage saw a group of six riders - Mauricio Moreira (Caja Rural), Lucas De Rossi (Delko), Liam Bertazzo (Neri), Emerson Oronte (Rally), Thimo Willems (Vlaanderen), Ricardo Mestre (W52) and Halil Doğan (Turkey) - break away inside the opening kilometres and establish a healthy lead. None of the riders in question were a threat on general classification and Bora set about controlling the pace during the opening kilometres.

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