Gabrovski destroys field on stage three in Turkey

Ivaïlo Gabrovski won the third stage of the Tour of Turkey in Elmali to earn a first ever win on home soil for his team, Konya Torku Seker Spor.

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The Bulgarian rider's relentless progress up the steep final climb left the field far behind, giving him victory by an astonishing one minute 26 seconds from second-placed Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana).

Gabrovkski's fellow Bulgarian Danail Andonov Petrov (Caja Rural) was third.

The stage winner's vast gap over the field in the 152km stage earned him a lead of one minute 33 seconds in the general classification.

“We had marked down this stage and as I’m a reasonably good climber, I was the one to go,” he said.

“I decided to try my luck eight or nine kilometres from the finish line as I knew the others would not move before the final three kilometres, which were steeper. I gave it my all, never looked back but I was still very surprised to gain time on the chasers in the climb.”

On Wednesday, the riders will contest a 132km stage between Fethiye and Marmaris.

The Tour of Turkey has eight stages. The race finishes with a stage in Istanbul on Sunday.

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