Grossschartner wins the Vuelta and Evenepoel touches the podium

The Austrian confirmed his triumph in the general after the victory of Caleb Ewan in the last stage. Remco Evenepoel, at 19, fourth.


Austrian Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe), aged 25, won his first title in a stage race on Sunday when he won the Tour of Turkey, where the sixth and final stage of 172.4 km between Sakarya and Istanbul was for Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) .

The little Australian sprinter chased the Irish Sam Bennett, who had sprinted the sprint one kilometer from the finish, and easily won his second stage victory - he also won on the fourth day- in this test of the World Tour.

Grossschartner, current runner-up in Austria against the clock, reached the lead on Saturday by winning the queen stage, which ended in the rise to Kartepe, and kept on Sunday his 19 seconds ahead of the Italian Valerio Conti. Valerio Conti and Merhawe Kudus completed a podium of which the phenomenon of 19 years, Remco Evenepoel, stayed at 23. "His fourth place is the best general e has achieved in a World Tour event.

The break of the day, formed by the Japanese Hayato Yoshida, the American Emerson Oronte, the Belgian Tim Willems and the Italian Lorenzo Fortunato, was neutralized already in Istanbul, 5 km from the finish line, thanks Team work Deceuninck Quick Step.

The Astana team also took the lead to preserve the third place on the podium for the Eritrean Merhawi Kudus (25 seconds behind the winner) and in the last three km the Bora-Hansgrohe pitchers emerged to Sam Bennett, winner of the first two stages.

Bennett rushed and did not wait for the sprint. He started 1.1 km from the banner to negotiate the curves that preceded the finish line alone but he misjudged his strength. Ewan reached him 200 meters and left him pinned. Behind, Fabio Jakobsen overtook the Irish and the Spaniards Jon Aberasturi and Enrique Sanz made fifth and sixth in the stage.

In the definitive general, Gonzalo Serrano -seventh, a 1: 29 of the winner- was the best ranked Spanish.



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