• Sacha Modolo opens his 2015 account in Turkey (Getty Images)
Sacha Modolo claimed his first victory of the season with success in Stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey.
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Cycling Central

1 May 2015 - 8:50 AM 

The Lampre-Merida rider out-sprinted Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) at the finish in Pamukkale, with late attacker Australia's Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo) holding on to finish third.

The three-kilometre uphill slog to the finish saw many of the usual sprint trains - including Orica-GreenEDGE and Etixx-Quick-Step - drop out of contention.

"At the last kilometer I was left behind, I almost crashed twice, I had to start almost at a standstill, but I continued to see people bounce back so I said I couldn’t go wrong," said Modolo.

"Yesterday I ended up on the ground at the foot of the last hill, today I couldn’t throw away another opportunity.”

Race leader Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi) finished ninth on the stage to retain the lead. His main rival Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) was caught out by a late crash allowing the 43-year-old Italian to extend his advantage to 22 seconds.  

The race concludes on Friday with a 184km stage from Denizli to Selçuk which ends with a three kilometre climb where the 2015 Tour of Turkey champion will be crowned.

Stage 5: 160km, Mugla - Pamukkale
1 Sacha Modolo (ITA) Lampre-Merida 4hr 06min 19sec    
2 Carlos Barbero Cuesta (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA         
3 Jay McCarthy (AUS) Tinkoff-Saxo         
4 Michal Kolár (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo         
5 Manuel Belletti (ITA) Southeast      
6 Jasper De Buyst (BEL) Lotto Soudal         
7 Eduard Prades Reverte (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA         
8 Daniele Ratto (ITA) UnitedHealthcare          
9 Davide Rebellin (ITA) CCC Sprandi Polkowice         
10 Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    

General Classification
1 Davide Rebellin (ITA) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 19hr 42min 08sec    
2 Kristijan Durasek (CRO) Lampre-Merida  0:00:22    
3 Eduardo Sepulveda (ARG) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:00:54    
4 Jay Mccarthy (AUS) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:20    
5 Serge Pauwels (BEL) MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:38    
6 Enrico Barbin (ITA) Bardiani CSF 0:01:39    
7 Daniele Ratto (ITA) UnitedHealthcare 0:01:42    
8 Alex Cano Ardila (COL) Colombia 0:01:56    
9 Mirko Selvaggi (ITA) Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:02:11    
10 Adam Hansen (AUS) Lotto Soudal 0:02:12