Tour of Turkey - Max Richeze: This win comes as a nice surprise
Oct 09 2018 11:15 pm CET

Tour of Turkey - Max Richeze: This win comes as a nice surprise
Tour of Turkey - Max Richeze: This win comes as a nice surprise
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Quick-Step Floors' Max Richeze has taken a surprise victory at the first stage of the Tour of Turkey after the designated sprinters were out of the final battle.

The main sprinter of the team for this race, Fernando Gaviria crashed with four kilometres to go and broke his collarbone. Then Alvaro Hodeg, the second designated sprinter, lost contact with Richeze at the last curve, leaving the Argentinean fighting for the stage.

"The plan was to go for the sprint with Fernando, but unfortunately he crashed and we had to quickly change our tactics so Alvaro would be the last man of our sprint train," the rider commented at the end of the stage.

"In the last corner, Alvaro lost my wheel as he had to straighten his line in order not to crash, which meant I took a gap of 30 meters and went with all I had without looking back."

Richeze is happy about this way of finishing his season and he will keep being the lead-out man for Hodeg in the remainder of the race. "I am very happy for this victory, it’s my last race of the season and on World Tour level, so it means a lot to me, but it’s a real pity Fernando crashed and broke his collarbone. I know how disappointed he is to end his season like that and I wish him to heal fast.

"I came here to work for Fernando, and if not him, Alvaro, so this win comes as a nice surprise. There will be other sprint opportunities this week and with Alvaro being the fastest on the team now, I will be there to help him."



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