Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) took the bunch sprint victory in Kusadasi, winning ahead of Matt Goss (GreenEdge) and Mark Renshaw (Rabobank). Modolo also took some time to salute his girlfriend and future child, a worthy pro moment.
Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Philip Deignan (UnitedHealthcare) escaped after 50km of racing – they were soon joined by 9 others, including race leader, Ivaïlo Gabrovski (Konya Torku Seker Sporrace), and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale). Dainal Petrov (Caja Rural, third overall) and Adrian Palomares (Andalucia) jumped across to the group and the group was 20 deep by 65km. Belkov, Golas and Deignan broke free from the lead group – the remaining 17 riders eventually found themselves back in the peloton. The trio built up a 2 minute lead with 60km left to the finish line. Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) attacked with his teammate, Sander Coordel, Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma Quick Step), Marco Haller (Astana), and Mickael Pichon (Bretagne Schuller) 10km later – the chase group’s pace spelled the demise of the leading trio, and with 8km left, everyone was back in the main peloton. Golas, Thierry Hupond (Argos Shimano), and Enrico Battaglin (Colnago CSF Inox) launched attacks towards the end, but none were successful.
Gabrovski still holds the GC lead – Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana) is still in 2nd place overall, 1:33 down, and Petrov is still in 3rd, 1:38 down.
Photos from SteepHill.