Before the last stage of this year’s Tour of Antalya, Nikodemus Holler ranks now on 12th position in GC after the two real climbing stages oft he tour. „The goal was a total different one. After the performances in january we aimed to fight fort he GC-win here. But now it’s like that and we have to keep the focus high on the last stage“, Nikodemus said after the stage yesterday evening.
And indeed, the motivation oft he team and the ambitions were high but on stage 2 Suleiman Kangangi faced a mechanical that dropped him out of the leading group where he was in in the 20 km long climb and destroyed all hopes for a top spot in the GC for him.For the other African riders the weather conditions are still a challenge and show that there is a lot to work on to be a well-rounded procyclist.
„We suffered a lot from the rain and the cold and it I was not able to put out my best possible power“ young Ugandan Charles Kagimu said. Given this fact, it is a good time of the season to bring these weaknesses up and work on them to reach the best performances in the peak season.
Today’s last stage will lead over 146 kilometers and will most likely end in a bunch sprint. „For today, we put our focus on Meron again, and hope he can show a good sprint in the end and bring another good result for the team“ Sports Director Yves Beau.