Cycling - Kittel wins Turkey opener

Germany’s Marcel Kittel has won the opening stage of the Tour of Turkey in a bunch sprint.


Argos-Shimano rider Kittel came in ahead of compatriot Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol, with veteran Ukrainian Yuri Metluschenko of Konya Torku Seker Spor rounding out the podium.

The stage had been billed as a sprint showdown between Kittel and Greipel after 143km along the coast between Alanya and Gazipasa, and it did not disappoint.

The NetApp-Endura and Blanco teams lead the peloton into the final km, but they were out-muscled by Argos-Shimano and Omega Pharma-Quick Step, who took charge over the final 1000m.

Kittel was well placed and eventually showed too much power as he sped to victory through a gap on the left, while Greipel had just too much to do as he followed him over the line.

Roger Kluge of NetApp-Endura was fourth, with Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s British rider Andrew Fenn fifth.

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