Niemiec denies the sprinters in Tour of Turkey opener

Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) became a surprising winner of the first stage of the Tour of Turkey when he claimed a marvelous solo win in Instanbul.

Having attacked out of the early breakaway, he benefited from a strange tactical game between the sprint teams and managed to hold the main group off by 16 seconds to take the win and the first leader’s jersey. Marco Zanotti (Parkhotel) won the sprint for third after Jose Goncalves (Caja Rural) had made a late attack to take second.

With the victory, Niemiec moves into the race lead with an 11-second lead over Goncalves as there are no bonus seconds in the race. He faces a tough first day in the jersey as stage 2 is the first mountain stage of the race. It is held on a difficult circuit in Kapadokya where the riders will face a tough 7.9km climb that averages 3.9%. They will do four full laps of the circuit before they will tackle the climb for a fifth and final time and as the finish line is located at the top, it is the first chance for the climbers to make a difference in this year’s race.

Tour of Turkey 2016 – stage 1 results (Istanbul – Istanbul):

1 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre – Merida)


2 José Gonçalves (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


3 Marco Zanotti (Parkhotel Valkenburg)


4 Marco Finetto (Unieurop Wilier)


5 Matteo Malucelli (Unieuro Wilier)


6 Grzegorz Stepniak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


7 Manuel Belletti (Southeast – Venezuela)


8 Quintin Pacher (Delko Marseille)


9 Daniele Colli (Nippo – Vini Fantini)


10 Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)