Eduard Prades (Euskadi-Murias) has been third at the Tour of Turkey stage 4, covering 205.5 km between Mamaris and Selçuk. This was considered as the Queen Stage of this WorldTour stage race
In an uphill finish, Prades has been beaten only by Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates). In the overall, the Catalan rider is third, too. Prades completed this way the excellent work his teammates did during the whole stage. Enrique Sanz attacked in the final part of the stage and was in a break when the bunch was starting to climb Selçuk (2nd cat.), with 6 kilometers at 7 % average gradient.
Euskadi-Murias keeps on achieving great results at Tour of Turkey, after having achieved a top-10 spot in every stage, with Enrique Sanz 7th and 8th in stages 1 and 2, Mikel Aristi 10th in stage 3 and Prades 3rd in today’s stage. Also, Beñat Txoperena was leader of the KOM classification until today.
Jon Odriozola, sports manager: “After a great Vuelta a España, the team keeps on growing and fighting in WorldTour races. We keep on showing that the Basque Country is back to the top thanks to Euskadi-Murias. I’d like to thank especially Prades for giving so much to the team during this season.”
Rubén Pérez, DS: “I'm very proud of every rider. From the beginning of the season they are being very well-behaved and professional. Every rider is knowing what to do and they are giving it all for their teammates. We have to remark this is a WorldTour race and we have achieved top-10 spots in the four first stages.”
The Basque team is racing their last competition of the year after a great 2018 with 9 wins and 34 podium spots — with Óscar Rodríguez’s win at Vuelta a España as their biggest success. Prades’s season has been extraordinary with over 20 top-10 spots, with his second place at Tour de Yorkshire, his third place at Vuelta a Castilla y León and his fourth place at Tour of Luxembourg.
Mikel Aristi, Fernando Barceló, Ander Barrenetxea, Eduard Prades, Sergio Rodríguez, Enrique Sanz and Beñat Txoperena are the seven riders competing at Tour of Turkey. The race will end on Sunday after two stages in which a bunch sprint will decide the winners. Time bonuses could decide the podium. Prades is third at 6 seconds from Lutsenko.
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