Sat, 20 Jul 2019

Istanbul - Australian Caleb Ewan took the sixth and final stage of the Tour of Turkey on Sunday as Austria's Felix Grosschartner finished first overall.

Ewan, who rides for Lotto-Soudal picked up his second stage success of the race, holding off Dutch rider Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck and Ireland's Sam Bennett of Bora at the end of the 172.4km ride from Sakarya to Istanbul.

Grosschartner, the winner of Saturday's stage, finished eighth taking the overall victory by 19sec from Italian Valerio Conti (UAE) with Astana's Eritrean rider Merhawi Kudus third at 25sec.

A five-strong group slipped the peloton early only to be reeled in five kilometres from the line.

Bennett then took control through the winding streets into Istanbul but the Bora rider could not hold off Ewan, who took the ultimate stage by four seconds from Jakobsen with Bennett three seconds further away.

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