The third stage of the Tour of Turkey was won by Italian Giovanni Lonardi (Team Polti-Kometa), who crossed the finish line in second place in Marmaris, but was finally declared the winner as Danny van Poppel (Bora-Hansgrohe) was disqualified by the judges, who considered an irregular sprint by the Dutchman.

Finally, on the 147.4-kilometer route between Fethiye and Marmaris, Italian Enrico Zanoncello (VF Group – Bardiani CSF – Faizanè) was reported second and third place went to German Max Kanter (Astana Qazaqstan Team), winner of the second fraction.

In the almost 150 kilometers from Fethiye to Marmaris, Team Polti Kometa controlled the race with Paul Double, Erik Fetter and Diego Sevilla, who helped neutralize the initial four-man breakaway and the subsequent five-man breakaway that formed on the last two climbs of the day. It was precisely on the last climb that the peloton reunited, and from there, the team went on to lead the approach to the sprint: Andrea Pietrobon, Mirco Maestri and Manuel Peñalver perfectly guided Giovanni Lonardi on the dangerous descent to the finish.

As perfect as it was the moment the Veronese sprinter launched his sprint: only a clear left deviation in Danny Van Poppel’s sprint prevented Lonardi from crossing the finish line first. The jury disqualified Van Poppel and declared the Polti Kometa rider the winner and new leader of the Tour of Turkey.

It is the fourth victory in his career. In addition to consolidating his lead in the points classification, Lonardi will wear the maglia turquoise as the new overall leader, tomorrow in the 138 kilometers to Bodrum. “I’m very happy, I’ve been looking for this victory so much…! – he says after the podium ceremony – “After two front places, it’s a deserved prize for me and my teammates. I think Van Poppel didn’t trace correctly in the sprint and his disqualification is fair, I had the legs to overtake him and he closed the way for me”.

As for the two South Americans in competition, Jefferson Cepeda (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) came in 52nd and Harold Martin Lopez (Astana Qazaqstan Team) finished 62nd, the two Ecuadorians were reported with the same time as Lonardi.

The Ottoman race will continue this Wednesday, with a leg-breaking day between Marmaris and Bodrum, over a route of 137.9 kilometers with two categorized mountain passes.

Presidential Cycling Tour of Türkiye 2024 (2.Pro)
Results Stage 3 | Fethiye – Marmaris (147,4 km)

1 Giovanni LonardiTeam Polti Kometa3:24:57
2 Enrico ZanoncelloVF Group – Bardiani CSF – Faizanè,,
3 Max KanterAstana Qazaqstan Team,,
4 Matyáš KopeckýTeam Novo Nordisk,,
5 Iúri LeitãoCaja Rural – Seguros RGA,,
6 Henri UhligAlpecin – Deceuninck,,
7 Sebastián MoraBurgos – BH,,
8 Kenneth Van RooyBingoal WB,,
9 Merhawi KudusTerengganu Cycling Team,,
10 Rory TownsendQ36.5 Pro Cycling Team,,

Ranking General

1 Giovanni LonardiTeam Polti Kometa11:04:17
2 Enrico ZanoncelloVF Group – Bardiani CSF – Faizanè0:04
3 Henri UhligAlpecin – Deceuninck,,
4 Tobias Lund AndresenTeam dsm-firmenich PostNL0:06
5 Filippo ConcaQ36.5 Pro Cycling Team0:07
6 David LozanoTeam Novo Nordisk,,
7 Tomasz BudzińskiMazowsze Serce Polski0:08
8 Willie SmitChina Glory – Mentech Continental Cycling Team0:09
9 Rory TownsendQ36.5 Pro Cycling Team0:10
10 Merhawi KudusTerengganu Cycling Team,,