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Quick Step have to wait at all-time record: Bennett, ruining again the feast in Turkey

In 2001 it won the Patrick Lefevere with the then Mapei-Quick.Step no less than 71 games, an absolute record for the Belgian manager. After an already amazingly strong season seems Quick Step Floors that fabulous record this year to be able to match or even break. But for the time being, ‘the Wolfpack’ stuck on 70 wins. In Turkey, it was Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe for the second day in a row killjoy.

In the third stage had the riders between Fethiye and Marmaris 137,2 km are presented. A short drive and it was not long before the early flight got form. Mads Würtz Schmidt, Fernando Barcelo, Benat Txoperena, Aldemar Reyes, Muhammed Atalay, Ferit Saml and our fellow countryman Kenneth Van Rooy, who was also in the opening stage meeschoof in the breakaway of the day, received up to 3:10 lead, and then the sprintersploegen BORA – hansgrohe and Bahrain Merida and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Quick-Step Floors the hands out of the sleeves came to a halt.

Just before the first climb of the day, it is 30 kilometers from the finish, was the lead of the seven below-the-minute drops. On that slope had Schmidt, Barcelo and Reyes their companions behind and tried to Joaquim Silva from the peloton crossed over to the escapees. Without success, the trio remained on the head, with only 40 counting on the peloton. On the second and last climb, 13 kilometres, the peloton first by UAE Emirates, and then by Astana mixed.

The escapees were caught and the peloton had several riders dropping out. Diego Ulissi tried to drive away uphill and got what later Alexey Lutsenko and Nicolas Roche in support. Much lead they cycled together. In the descent, have turned to various groups back and, eventually, a platoon of about 80 men towards the finish.


In the sprint showed Bennett just as Wednesday is the smartest. He snuggled back into the leadout of Quick-Step and recorded his second victory in a row, good for his sixth victory this season and the fifth in the WorldTour, after three stage wins in the Giro. In Turkey was Bennett last year, good for four stage wins.

Wednesday had the Colombian Alvaro Hodeg of Quick Step Floors all bow our heads for Bennett, today wrecked the Argentine Maximiliano Richeze in the wake of the Irishman. German John Degenkolb sprinted to third place. Eliot Lietaer was with a twelfth place best Belgian.

Bennett reinforced his leadership position and now has ten seconds ahead of Richeze. Degenkolb is at 22 seconds in third. Thomas Sprengers follows as best Belgian on 23 seconds on the fifth place.

71 wins is not an absolute record

That 71 victories are a record for Lefevere but in the modern championships (since 2000) did one team do better. And even twice: Team Columbia – HTC klokte in 2009 at 85 wins, the year before that starred the then Team Columbia, with 77 victories.


1. Sam Bennett (Ipr/BOH) 3u16:47 (avg. 40,47 km/h)

2. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg/QST) 0:00

3. John Degenkolb (Ger/TFS) 0:00

4. Patrick Bevin (Ur/BMC) 0:00

5. Ahmet Orken (Tur/TUR) 0:00

6. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/AST) 0:00

7. Nathan Haas (Aus/TKA) 0:00

8. Ivan Garcia (Spa/TPM) 0:00

9. Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol/DMP) 0:00

10. Mikel Aristi (Spa/EUS) 0:00

12. Eliot Lietaer (Bel/PLA) 0:00 .

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