After coming close in the opening stages, Team DSM showed great resilience and teamwork at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Türkiye, setting up Sam Welsford for the finale where he showed his pedigree with a brilliant surge to the line; taking Team DSM’s Men’s program first win of the season.
It was an attacking start to the fifth stage of racing at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Türkiye as the riders rolled out from Manisa, taking over 40 kilometres for a breakaway to form; with two riders eventually going clear together. With all Team DSM riders in the bunch, focus remained on conserving energy and staying safe as they took on the 186 kilometre route to Ayvalık.
Despite the breakaway duo building up a lead of almost six minutes, the peloton were always in control and slowly reeled them in throughout the day. After a fight for bonus seconds, the catch was made at 40 kilometres to go where a new move formed out front. Despite their best efforts in the break, the riders were battling into a headwind, always giving the peloton the upper-hand. Heading into the final ten kilometres the counter-attack was all but caught and the team moved forward en masse well, looking to protect finisher for the day Sam Weslford.
Peeling off one-by-one, the team did a good job to hold their position but as the finish line grew closer the winding roads made things more hectic as everyone jostled to be at the front. Unfortunately, a large crash disrupted the lead-outs of many and the team hopes everyone involved in it is okay. As a result of the crash, it meant Cees Bol and Welsford were a bit behind Alberto Dainese but after finding a gap, Bol brought up Welsford onto Dainese’s wheel who gave his final bit of effort to keep Welsford up there.
Surfing the wheels through the final few hundred metres, the Aussie used all of his track experience and nous to navigate the chaos before producing a powerful sprint, surging to the line to take his first professional win for the team. With Bol following across the line in eighth for a double top-ten, the joy was clear for everyone as the team all celebrated together at the finish – a great reward for all of their hard work and belief.
|1||WELSFORD Sam||Team DSM||4:13:49||20|
|3||DE KLEIJN Arvid||Human Powered Health||,,||5|
|8||BOL Cees||Team DSM||,,||-|
|24||DAINESE Alberto||Team DSM||,,||-|
|98||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||,,||-|
|132||MÄRKL Niklas||Team DSM||2:13||-|
|133||BITTNER Pavel||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1||SEPÚLVEDA Eduardo||Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli||19:18:07|
|2||BEVIN Patrick||Israel - Premier Tech||0:13|
|10||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||1:12|
|74||BOL Cees||Team DSM||15:53|
|97||BITTNER Pavel||Team DSM||19:00|
|112||DAINESE Alberto||Team DSM||25:03|
|117||WELSFORD Sam||Team DSM||26:06|
|156||MÄRKL Niklas||Team DSM||39:36|
|2||GROVES Kaden||Team BikeExchange - Jayco||42|
|3||EWAN Caleb||Lotto Soudal||35|
|5||BOL Cees||Team DSM||30|
|12||WELSFORD Sam||Team DSM||15|
|18||DAINESE Alberto||Team DSM||11|
|38||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||5|
|1||SEPÚLVEDA Eduardo||Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli||10|
|2||GRANIGAN Noah||Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling||9|
|3||BEVIN Patrick||Israel - Premier Tech||8|
|1||Equipo Kern Pharma||58:00:14|
|3||Team Arkéa Samsic||0:50|
|5||Israel - Premier Tech||2:15|
|6||Caja Rural - Seguros RGA||3:23|
|7||Euskaltel - Euskadi||3:32|
|8||China Glory Continental Cycling Team||5:59|
|10||Global 6 Cycling||8:19|