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Italian cyclist wins fifth stage in Tour of Turkey

Sacha Modolo (C) of Lampre Merida team celebrates after winning in the 5th stage (Mugla - Pamukkale) of the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey in Denizli on April 30, 2015. One hundred and sixty-five participants from over 21 countries will compete in the tour. Competition will be held on April 26 - May 3, 2015 in 8 stages starting from Alanya, proceeding along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts and will be finished in Istanbul.
Sacha Modolo (C) of Lampre Merida team celebrates after winning in the 5th stage (Mugla – Pamukkale) of the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey in Denizli on April 30, 2015. One hundred and sixty-five participants from over 21 countries will compete in the tour. Competition will be held on April 26 – May 3, 2015 in 8 stages starting from Alanya, proceeding along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts and will be finished in Istanbul.

(AA) – Italian cyclist Sacha Modolo has won the fifth stage of the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey.

Modolo, who races for the Lampre-Merida team, won the 160 kilometer-long race from Mugla to Pamukkale in Denizli Province in four hours, six minutes and 19 seconds on Thursday.

Spaniard Carlos Barbero Cuesta, racing for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, came second and the Australian Jay McCarthy, racing for Tinkoff-Saxo, came in third.

The overall provisional classification after five stages is headed by Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin, racing for CCC Sprandi Polkowice, with 19 hours, 42 minutes and 8 seconds.

Croatian cyclist Kristijan Durasek, racing for Lampre-Merida, came second running 22 seconds behind, and Argentinian Eduardo Sepulveda, racing for Bretagne-Seche Environnement, came third at 54 seconds behind.

Modolo said he had won after a “long break”, given his last stage win was in Argentina in January.

He said that the Italia and Swiss Tours were also on his program, and that France may also be added to them, but he went on “… after the Tour of Turkey, I plan to take a little rest”.

The sixth stage of the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey will take place on Friday.

The 184-kilometer race begins in Denizli and ends in Selcuk in Turkey’s western province of Izmir.

Twenty-one teams and 168 cyclists currently compete in eight stages of the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, which began last Sunday in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort town of Alanya and will last until May 3.

– Stages of the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour:

1st Stage Alanya-Alanya 145 km    April 26
2nd Stage Alanya-Antalya 182 km    April 27 
3rd Stage Kemer-Elmali 165 km    April 28
4th Stage Fethiye-Marmaris 132 km    April 29
5th Stage Mugla-Pamukkale 160 km    April 30 
6th Stage Denizli-Selcuk 184 km      May 1 
7th Stage Selcuk-Izmir 166 km      May 2 
8th Stage Istanbul-Istanbul 124 km May 3
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