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Edu Prades wins the Presidential Tour of Turkey for Euskadi Murias!
The Catalonian came away with this round of the World Tour after coming in second in the last stage, which enabled him to earn the overall victory with the same time as his closest rival. Never mind marginal gains.
Truer words have never been spoken, if we consider this phrase about the Orca Aero in the context of Edu Prades’ victory at the Presidential Tour of Turkey (UCI World Tour). He finished the race with exactly the same final time (3h 36' 28") as his closest rival, Alexey Lutsenko.
But it rang even more true after the last and decisive stage, following a dangerous final with falls and cuts. In spite of it all, Catalonian rider Euskadi Murias fought his way up to second place, stopping the clock at the same time as a handful of other rivals. He crossed the finish line barely five seconds after stage winner Sam Bennett (Bora Hansgrohe).
That's how Edu Prades came to discover the strength of the Orca Aero and saved its full potential for the final meters, where the Euskadi Murias rider squeezed out all the efficiency and stifness the bicycle has to offer to win back a few decisive meters. As a matter of fact, he did something similar during stage four of this competition, crossing the finish line at the same time as the stage winner and second place finisher in the overall competition, Alexey Lutsenko.
"Words cannot describe what I’m feeling, what WE have achieved in this Presidential Tour of Turkey. Thank you very much to everyone for the great job you have done, not just today, but since the start of the race,” said Edu Prades in appreciation for his team’s work throughout the competition.
The Catalonian rider claimed his second victory of the season after winning the Tour of Norway a few months ago, giving a grand finale to Euskadi Murias in a season with 10 victories and 36 podium finishes. The highlights include both victories by Edu Prades and the incredible victory by Óscar Rodríguez in the Vuelta a España.
Besides the Orca Aero, the team also rode the Orca model during the Turkish competition.
Zorionak Edu Prades! Zorionak Euskadi Murias!