Edgar Pinto in fifth in a Tour of Turkey won by Grossschartner

Edgar Pinto in fifth in a Tour of Turkey won by Grossschartner

WTF-W Porto ended the 55th edition of the Tour of Turkey in the fifth place of the overall standings, in the debut of the blue-and-white team in WorldTour events, won by the Austrian Felix Grossschartner (BORA- hansgrohe).

In a final sprint, after 172.4 kilometers between Sakarya and Istanbul, Austrian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) took the second victory in the race, having already triumphed in the fourth round, by following the distance in 4: 10.41 hours.

In second place was the Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), winner of the third stage, followed by the Irish Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe), who won the first two drafts and wore the yellow jersey until the fifth day.

Grossschartner closed the final day in eighth place, with the same time as the winner, and confirmed the final victory in the greatest triumph of his career at the age of 25, ahead of Italian Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates) and the Eritrean Merhawi Kudus (Astana), third, to 25.

At the W52-FC Porto debut on the WorldTour calendar, in the first year of the 'dragons' at Pro Continental, Edgar Pinto took fifth place, one of the best results of his career.

The 33-year-old cyclist had already won the Cycling Tour of the Community of Madrid in 2018, as well as a stage of the 2014 Tour of Portugal, among other successes, and this is the result of greater weight in the 'ranking' by the statute of the Turkish test.

In the classification by teams, the portistas held the same fifth place, having also placed the Spaniard Raúl Alarcón in the 17th position of the final general. Ricardo Mestre was 27th and Rafael Reis finished 31st.

Below, Samuel Caldeira finished in 48th place, while José Ferreira was 68th and Spaniard Gustavo Veloso was up on the final day to 93rd. Nuno Bico (Burgos-BH) was 56th placed.

The next race of the 'blues and whites' takes place in Spain, in the Tour of Castile and Leon, which starts on April 25, before returning to Portugal to the Classical Aldeias do Xisto on May 1st.

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