André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won stage 4 at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Wednesday.
It was a textbook sprint victory for the German, who positioned himself a few wheels deep entering the final 500 meters. After a sweeping turn brought he field into the finishing straight with 100 meters to go, he shot out of the group and up the left side of the road, where he easily surged in front.
Greipel beat Nikias Arndt (Argos-Shimano) and Moreno Hofland (Blanco) in the 147-kilometer stage that featured several hills, including one near the end of the race. A fast descent brought the peloton into the finishing town of Marmaris, and then the course flattened out for the finish.
Natnael Berhane (Europcar) maintained his overall race lead. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana) and Mutafa Sayar (Torku Sekerspor) are second and third.
“I just tried to stay with the group, and I was lucky with the headwind,” said Greipel, whose grandmother died this week, on the Eurosport broadcast.
The eight-day race resumes with Thursday’s 183km stage 5.