Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 Stage 2 - Hard Work on Slippery Terrain!
A hard piece of work for Team Vorarlberg at the Tour of Antalya UCI 2.1 - Stüssi and Meiler's form inspires confidence
"Today's result does not reflect the race!" said sports director Werner Salmen. Colin Stüssi was only prevented from advancing in the final by a crash involving a good ten riders ahead of him. So he and Lukas Meiler finished today's second stage of the Tour of Antalya from Demre to Antalya over 140 kilometers in the second group. The winner was the Slovenian Matevz Govekar (Bahrain-Victorios). Overall leader is the Italian Giovanni Lonardi (Polti-Kometa).
This first stage race of the year as a test for Team Vorarlberg is really tough. The weather didn't really want to today either. Rain, wind and cold temperatures were the constant companions today. On the long climb from sea level zero to 1300 meters, the field selected itself. Lukas Meiler was able to catch up with Colin Stüssi in the final third. Due to this crash 20 kilometers before the finish, Team Vorarlberg was denied a better position. The other Team Vorarlberg pros also made it through today without crashing. Today almost a bravura performance on the slippery roads.
No carnival in Antalya - tomorrow's queen stage brings a preliminary decision
Tomorrow's third stage will bring the preliminary decision. The stage from Kemer to Tahtali is quite short at 133 kilometers, but with over 3,000 meters of altitude difference, it's a real challenge. A real touchstone for Meiler, Stüssi and Co!
08.02. Stage 1 Side - Antalya 135 km
09.02. Stage 2 Demre - Antalya 140.5 km
10.02. Stage 3 Kemer - Tahtali 133.5 km
11.02. Stage 4 Antalya - Antalya 183.9 km