Irish cyclist Sam Bennett takes a strong second place in "tricky finale" at Tour of Turkey opener

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Carrick-on-Suir's Sam Bennett took a strong second place in the Tour of Turkey opener today (Tuesday). 

The first stage of the Tour of Turkey took the riders over 150km with the start and finish in the city of Konya.

The BORA – hansgrohe riders put in a strong performance and set the pace in the peloton, while five riders went up the road during today’s breakaway of the day. As the group were caught the race went on fire, especially in the final kilometres where many riders slipped away.

BORA – hansgrohe sprinter Bennett was in a good position, but it was Quick-Step Floors rider Maximiliano Richeze who took the win ahead of the Carrick-on-Suir man in a tricky finale. 

“I was in a good position but I knew we had still five more stages. Therefore I didn’t want to take any more risks in this tricky finale. The last corner was tough, some riders slipped away, therefore we kept attention, especially in the final kilometres. The guys did a great job the whole day and, in the finale, I did the best I could but Quick-Step Floors had the faster legs today but there are still five stages left and I will try my best," Bennett said.