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Rebellin Stands Tall in Turkey

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Apr 28, 2015 – Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polowice) won Stage 3 of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey at Elmalı. He finished 7 seconds ahead of his breakaway companion, Kristijan Durasek (Lampre – Merida). Third was the Argentine rider Eduardo Sepúlveda (Bretagne – Séché Environnement), who conceded 50 seconds to the stage winner. Those three lead the new General Classification, with the Italian 43-year-old wearing the Turquoise Jersey of the race leader.

Tour of Turkey

The race started In bright sunshine and warm, still conditions, and at high speed. Early attempts form the breakaway of the day spoke eloquently of the ambitions of some of the favorites: Serhiy Grechyn (Torku Şekerspor, dossard 205) chased by Jef Van Meirhaeghe of Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise, 176), Boris Vallée (Lotto Soudal, 37) and Frederic Brun (Bretagne – Séché Environnement, 82), perhaps thinking of their respective team leaders, all tried and failed to get away.

Before the mountain prize at 34.0 km, an early breakaway of 5 riders formed: Marco Bandiera (Androni Giocattoli, 62), José Gonçalves (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, 94), Juan Pablo Valencia (Team Colombia, dossard 118), Samuel Spokes (Drapac Professional Cycling, 127) and Songezo Jim (MTN – Qhubeka, 134).

The 5 breakaway riders achieved a maximum lead of no more than 4m10s.

The remains of the early breakaway ended at km 126, when seven riders, including Tom Boonen (Etixx – Quick Step, 2) and Thomas De Gent (Lotto Soudal, 35), joined the three remaining leaders. Before the more general regrouping occurred, three riders from this leading 10-man group escaped: Pavel Brutt (Tinkoff – Saxo, 13), Youcef Reguigui (MTN – Qhubeka, 136) and Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise, 178).

Those three were caught by the peloton, numbering in the region of 50 riders, with 11 km to go. With 9 km to go, as the peloton thinned, Lluis Mas (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, 96), wearing the White Jersey of the leader in the Beauties of Turkey sprints competition, attacked. His attacked was neutralized with 7 km to go. Heiner Parra (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, 97) and Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice,106) then attacked. Kristijan Durasek (Lampre – Merida, 21) joined them, to form a leading trio, with Enrico Barbin (Bardiani – CSF Pro Team, 151) and Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff – Saxo, 15) giving chase. There were still 6.5 km to go. Parra was then dropped by Duresek and Rebellin, and tagging onto Barbin and McCarthy.

The two leaders, however, were too strong, and Rebellin, with his fast finish, sealed victory, with Durasek second.

Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprindi Polowice), Winner, stage three:

20 years after taking his first the Giro d’Italia stage and Maglia Rosa:

The emotion is always the same. I’m motivated for every race. I put I put my heart into it and give the best of myself, especially on a finish like this that suits me. I’d say that my condition is better than last year, and I have the advantage that I knew the climb and I know the Tour of Turkey. I came here convinced that I could finish on the podium. Today was the hardest stage, although anything can still happen of course. Last year, I remember, I lost 10 secs in a banal stage finish, because of a split in the group. If I hadn’t lost those 10 seconds I could have been on the podium. There will not doubt be lots of attacks ahead, but I have faith in my team, and we have riders who are strong enough to take the race in hand and defend this lead.

Return to the Giro d’Italia?

The Giro d’Italia is 3 weeks long, and very demanding. We have other programmes but my condition is good, and perhaps a good result could be possible, although I don’t mean in the General Classification. For the moment, my programme is as it is. Could it change? I don’t know. In any case, the season is long and lots of good races ahead.

Kristijan Durasek (Lampre – Merida) 2nd in the stage:

I tried to attack Rebellin twice, but he responded both times and got back on my wheel. That’s the way it is. I haven’t achieved the stage win I wanted today, but I coulnd’t have done any more. And it’s still a good result.

Eduardo Sepúlveda (Bretagne – Séché Environnement), 3rd in the stage:

When Rebellin attacked, there were still 7km to go, and I didn’t go with them because I thought it better to attack much later, with 3km left to ride. I stuck to my plan and I believed I could ride across to them, but just didn’t have the strength. Did I learn anything from today’s stage? Only that I should have gone with them…

Final 10kms of Stage 3

Results Stage 3
ITA 1 REBELLIN, Davide (CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE) 4:34:11
CRO 2 DURASEK, Kristijan (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 7
ARG 3 SEPULVEDA, Eduardo (BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT) + 50
AUS 4 MCCARTHY, Jay (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 1:20
BEL 5 PAUWELS, Serge (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 1:23
ITA 6 BARBIN, Enrico (BARDIANI CSF) + 1:29
COL 7 PARRA BUSTAMENTE, Heiner Rodrigo (CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA) + 1:32
ITA 8 RATTO, Daniele (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) + 1:42
COL 9 CANO ARDILA, Alex (COLOMBIA) + 1:46
AUS 10 HANSEN, Adam (LOTTO SOUDAL) + 1:57

General Classification
ITA 1 REBELLIN, Davide (CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE) 12:13:41
CRO 2 DURASEK, Kristijan (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 7
ARG 3 SEPULVEDA, Eduardo (BRETAGNE-SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT) + 50
AUS 4 MCCARTHY, Jay (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 1:20
BEL 5 PAUWELS, Serge (MTN – QHUBEKA) + 1:23
ITA 6 BARBIN, Enrico (BARDIANI CSF) + 1:29
COL 7 PARRA BUSTAMENTE, Heiner Rodrigo (CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA) + 1:32
ITA 8 RATTO, Daniele (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) + 1:42
COL 9 CANO ARDILA, Alex (COLOMBIA) + 1:46
AUS 10 HANSEN, Adam (LOTTO SOUDAL) + 1:57