Canadian cyclist Will Routley of Whistler, BC had a stellar day with Team SpiderTech powered by C10, cracking the Top 10 on the third stage of the Presidential Tour of Turkey, in what proved to be a very difficult mountain stage stretching almost 152 kilometres.
Routley finished the day in 10th place, three minutes behind the stage winner, and jumped to the 10th place of the overall general classification after three of eight stages to sit among the race leaders.
The race was a tough one, with maximum intensity for most the day. Routley, a specialist of high-intensity races, has become accustomed to day-long breaks. He benefited from a weakened field as they hit the final climb, and took the opportunity to propel himself among the top riders of the race.
“I’m surprised and really happy. I didn’t expect to ride that well on a climb like that. I think it was really hard all day and that was an advantage for me. Everyone was cooked at the end and didn’t climb as punchy as they would have otherwise”, said Will Routley after the race, who was thrilled to be in the mix with Tour de France star Alexandre Vinokourov in the final climb, and even more thrilled to drop him.
The stage winner, Ivaïlo Gabrovski of Team Konya Torku Seker Sporhad an impressive ride, winning the stage from the main break of the day. Gabrovski won with a lead of 1:29, and takes the overall lead in the race, by a large time difference of 1:33 with five stages left.
“Things didn’t go exactly as we planned today,” said team director Kevin Field. “But that’s often the case in biking. We wanted Will [Routley], Pat [McCarty], Ryan [Roth] and Hugo [Houle] to be in the mix today. And they were — they adapted well to the race.”
Event : Presidential Tour of Turkey (Turkey)
Class : UCI 2.HC (Europe Tour)
Type: Eight-day Stage Race
Stage 3: ANTALYA – ELMALI (151,8 Km)
Stage winner: Ivaïlo GABROVSKI (Konya Torku Seker Spor)
Race leader: Ivaïlo GABROVSKI (Konya Torku Seker Spor