Irishman Sam Bennett wins stage one of Tour of Turkey

Sam Bennett has claimed victory on the opening stage of the Tour of Turkey. Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Irishman Sam Bennett claimed victory on stage one of the Tour of Turkey as the race got under way on Tuesday.

Bennett avoided being caught up in a crash in the final couple of kilometres that involved a number of riders and, aided by his Bora-Hansgrohe team-mate Shane Archbold, timed his sprint finish to perfection.

Italian Marco Benfatto [Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia] was second, with Belgium's Edward Theuns [Trek-Segafredo] third.

The 176.7km stage from Alanya to Kemer was the first of six stages of the tour. Wednesday's second stage is 206km and runs from Kumluca to Fethiye.