• (L-R) Fabio Jakobsen, Same Bennett and Caleb Ewan topped the first podium at the Tour of Turkey. (Getty)Source: Getty
Sam Bennett continued with his strong start to 2019 with a sprint victory on Stage 1 of the Tour of Turkey.
Cycling Central

17 Apr 2019 - 5:46 AM  UPDATED 17 Apr 2019 - 8:33 AM

The BORA-hansgrohe sprinter entered the final metres of the 156.7km stage Istanbul to Tekirdag in the box seat before accelerating to take the win ahead of Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal).

"I am so happy taking the opener here in Turkey again," Bennett said. "I really like this country and I think the country likes me as well.

"The guys did an amazing job today, they pulled the whole day and delivered me perfectly. They take, as always, a huge part in today’s result.

"In the finale, I stayed on the wheel of the Deceuninck- Quick Step guys and first I thought it might be difficult today, but then I kicked off my sprint and had the highest speed. It always feels good finishing off great teamwork.”

A sprint finish was always on the cards for the Turkey opener but that did not prevent Alvaro Robredo (Burgos-BH), Lucas De Rossi (Delko Marseille Provence), Lorenzo Fortunato (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM), Emerson Oronte (Rally UHC Cycling) Lindsay De Vylder (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), and Ferit Samli (Turkey) from trying to upset the inevitable.

The six-man break was later caught with 22km to go before the sprint trains took the front of the race.

More to come.