Team Sunweb’s Edward Theuns sprinted to 6th place at the second stage in Turkey, after a relaxed day in the bunch concluded with a bunch kick to the line.
A day suited to the sprinters with no climbs on the agenda, the second stage of the Tour of Turkey was a relatively quiet one, with a four rider break going clear in the opening 16 kilometres. The group were kept within reach throughout the day with their lead never extending over two minutes. The peloton timed their catch to perfection bringing things back together with 10 kilometres to go and as the race regrouped the battle for position began, with Team Sunweb sitting at the front of the peloton with sprinter Edward Theuns in their wheel. He entered the final corner before the line in a good position, launching a strong sprint to 6th place.
Edward said: “It was a pretty calm day until the final. The final five kilometres were super hectic in the bunch and I lost mike and Nikias a bit, but I came back to them just before the last corner. I was a bit far and launched early, with 300 metres to go, so that I could make up some spots and in the end I am happy with the improvement. It felt like a strong sprint and we are focused as a team towards the final, so I’m sure we will go for more.”
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers said: “It was a good day for us again with 6th. The guys did a good job bringing him into position and Edward could finish off their good work in the sprint. The stage was pretty relaxed with four riders going clear quickly. The guys stayed in position in the bunch and saved as much energy as possible. Everyone was super fresh in the final so it was pretty chaotic but things went well, we hope we can continue in this good way throughout the week.”