André Greipel wins sixth stage and Alexander Efimkin takes overall lead in Tour of Turkey

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  • André Greipel wins sixth stage and Alexander Efimkin takes overall lead in Tour of Turkey

André Greipel wins sixth stage and Alexander Efimkin takes overall lead in Tour of Turkey

German Professional road bicycle racer Andre Greipel of Omega Pharma-Lotto team won sixth stage of the 47th Presidential Tour of Turkey On Friday. The race started in Fethiye and ended in Finike.

Andre Greipel took a total of 4 hours, 27minutes and 2 seconds to cross the distance of 184 kilometres. Egoitz Garcia was runner-up while Bartosz Huzarski finished third behind German.

Recently he also won the fourth stage of Volta ao Algarve and first stage of Three Days of De Panne. In 2010 Greipel won the 5 stages of Tour of Turkey.

After winning the fifth stage German said  “I won the stage last year here, and today I made the double, who was racing for Columbia last year. “It was tiring, but it was worth it.”

Due to tail wind, the attackers were able to break away after the 50 kilometres of the race.

The groups of 12 riders made the move, including, Ander Greipel, Aitor Perez, Assan Basayev, etc, gained an advantage of three minutes but after 70 kilometres, FDJ team put the hammer down on the main climb of the day.

Griepel was not happy to be part of 12 riders because he was pretty tired from the day before. But after some time Griepel realized that he was in good situation with Alexander Efimkin riding for the General Classfication.

Rubens Bodrogi and Bertogliati did a great job at front of the break away and other group of ten riders took a lead ahead of thirty riders within a minute. Efimkin led the group of other riders but in final 5 kilometres of the race he couldn’t control the situation and lost the stage, eventually finishing 10th. Andre Greipel took a lead ahead of the other riders.

Alexander Efimkin showed the brilliant performance in the stage and took overall lead with the timing of 27 hours, 17minutes and 12 seconds. Andrey Zeits earned the second spot with difference of 1minute and 13seconds while Thibaut Pinot was in third.  

The seventh stage will start from Tekirova to Managat. All the riders will cover the distance of 138 kilometres.  The last stage will end on May 1 in Alanya in Turkey. It will be interesting to see who wins the final stage of the race.

A quick view of the top five in the Tour of Turkey so far, is as follows;

1.  André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto team, at 4hrs:27min: 2sec  

2. Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Caja Rural team    

3. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Netapp team  

4. Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ team    

5. Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard team

General Classification after stage 5,

1.  Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type1-Sanofi Aventis team, at 27hrs:17min: 12sec  

2.  Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Pro-Astana team, 1min: 13sec  

3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ team, 1min: 33sec  

4. Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Cervelo team, 1min: 50sec  

5. Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale team, 2min: 17sec