Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) emerged late to win stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey in Izmir, beating stage 2 winner Kaden Groves (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Miguel Angel Fernandez (Global 6 Cycling).
The Belgian had finished second in the sprints on each of the opening two stages, but he timed his effort perfectly this time, using a tailwind to go early and then come off Groves’ wheel.
Thanks to his win, Philipsen took the race leader’s jersey from Groves. He leads the Australian by two seconds, with Fernandez third overall at 18 seconds.
The Tour of Turkey heads into the mountains on stage 4 with a finish in Manisa, after a 9.6km climb at 7.7%.
“If I was second again today, it’d have been shit but two times second and a win is good,” Philipsen said.
“Maybe my sprint is not on the best level yet. But we’ve got some time to do some sprints and then go towards the Tour de France with some speed in our legs.”
Philipsen explained how he turned the tables on stage 2 winner Groves
“Today was the opposite of yesterday. I could come out of his wheel with enough speed. The wind was again a tailwind, so maybe I ran out of gears again, but it was all about speed.”