Tour of Turkey: Theuns' perfect lead-out can't overcome Bennett's speed

Edward Theuns clawed his way one step closer to the top of the podium Wednesday at the Tour of Turkey, but Trek-Segafredo's designated sprinter couldn't hold off a late surge from Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) as the Irishman claimed his second consecutive stage win. "I am disappointed because the team could not have done it better," Theuns said of his lead-out during the finale in Fethiye. "I saw in the last straight that Sam was in my wheel, and yeah, there's not much I could do about it. Maybe I went a bit early, but I know that I am not super explosive, so I had to try something."ADVERTISEMENT Theuns' team took control of the pace in the final kilometre, but Bennett forced his way into the train and waited to pounce. Trek-Segafredo dropped Thuens off with a clear road, but with Bennett latched onto his slipstream there was little he could do against the faster rider. "He was in my wheel so he could come over me," Theuns said. "In the end, it's one spot closer than yesterday, so that's positive, but I feel really disappointed because the guys did such a great job. I feel really sad that I cannot give them the reward for their great work." The peloton was not in a hurry to finish Wednesday's 206km second stage, setting a pace well below the slowest predicted time in the road book, so there was plenty of energy left to crank up the pace in the final kilometres.
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