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Lucas Carstensen ends strong Turkey-campaign on 2nd place

Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 in Pro Cycling

In a thrilling sprint finale, Lucas Carstensen missed the first UCI - victory of the season by only a few centimeters beaten by Alan Banaszek from Poland.

After the Tour of Antalya, which ended last Sunday, the team around Lucas Carstensen and Erik Bergström stayed in Turkey for another week to take part in yesterday's Grand Prix Velo Alanya and today in the Grand Prix Manavgat - Side - both ranked 1.2 in the UCI international calendar.

Already yesterday, the program included 168 kilometers with a total climbing of 40 kilometers. Thanks to good teamwork, Erik Bergström got perfectly guided into the mountain and was involved in the final fight to win the race. But it was not supposed to be and 1.5 kilometers from the finish he was hit by a flat tire. After a strong performance, Erik nevertheless finished on a good 10th place and Adne van Engelen finished 11th.

The signs were up for sprint today and the team stood up for Lucas Carstensen. After another good team performance, only the sprinter from Poland, Alan Banaszek outsprinted Lucas in the last few meters and prevented an even better end to a great trip to Turkey.