After 160,1 km of Bursa, at Kartepe had Großschartner on the finishing nine seconds down on the Italian Valerio Conti and the Eritreeër Merhawi Kudus. Evenepoel finished sixteen seconds of the winner. Grossschartner has his first profzege bite and take the leadership position over about his Irish team mate Sam Bennett. Tomorrow he starts in the final stage, 172,4 km from Sakarya to Istanbul, with a lead of 19 seconds on Conti. Evenepoel is at 41 seconds of the fourth.
After several opportunities for the sprinters and punchers in the past days, the climbers finally turn in Turkey. The queen's stage was supposed to end with a climb of almost 17 miles, but due to snowfall and dangerous conditions, the final climb with four kilometers will be shortened. The centre of gravity of the climb was in the early stages.
The stage was colored by a lot of attacks right after the start. Ultimately it would be up to km 35 take the early flight and separated from the pack. Roger Kluge, Jose Viejo and our compatriot Robbe Ghys got up to seven minutes of the race. At the foot of the final climb remained there for only a little more than a minute about it.
Astana, the pace in the first kilometers of the climb, and then Dimension Data took over and the pack was thinned out. Conti opened the debates on 5 kilometers from the finish. He was parried by Evenepoel, who for a while took the cup. Final locks Kudus and Grossschartner, which the young talents of the Deceuninck - Quick-Step even tried. Without success, Conti closed the hole at 3 km. At 2.2 km it was the turn of Grossschartner to attack, Conti and later also Evenepoel had the role to solve the problem. Kudus followed and even went beyond the Austrian. That is not, however, won and turned in the final kilometer back to the Eritreeër. Evenepoel saw, meanwhile, also Conti back on his wheel to come in the battle for the third spot. 200 metres from the finish line placed Grossschartner the decisive acceleration. Kudus creaked and had to be in extremis also Conti.