Tour of Turkey review

Turkish delight for veteran Ivailo Grabovski, who rides for local Continental team Konya Torku Seker Spor. Winning the queen stage, Grabovski successfully defended his lead to take the biggest win of his 12-year career. Astana’s Aleksandr Dyachenko finished second, 1:33 down on the winner, just five seconds ahead of Danail Petrov (Caja Rural), making the podium a Bulgarian sandwich [Sounds like hold in wrestling – Ed].

Consistency in the sprints saw Matt Goss (GreenEDGE) take the points jersey, mountain kingpin was Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma QuickStep), Maxim Belkov won the Turkish Beauties sprints (intermediate sprints past places of interest) and Astana were top team. Here’s how the race unfolded.

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Tour of Turkey: The Bulgarians have landed

Many were surprised by Tuesday’s winner of the Tour of Turkey‘s queen stage. Ivailo Gabrovski is a Bulgarian who rides for local Continental Team Konya Turku Seker Spor, though I fail to understand why. Here’s a rider who won the overall in 2007 and who knows the lie of the land.

Ivailo Gabrovski: winner stage 3 (image courtesy of official tour site)

Gabrovski celebrates winning stage 3 (image courtesy of official race website)

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