The Tour d’Azerbaidjan reached its conclusion in the capital Baku on Sunday. The 144km route of the fifth and final stage comprised a dozen laps of a 12km circuit in the city centre. It ended in triumph for Lithuanian national team rider, Tomas Vaitkus. “Winning is always nice,” enthused Vaitkus, who ended five years without a stage victory. “I showed with this victory, that I’m still capable of getting results and that I know how to finish first.”
In second place was Belgium’s Sean de Bie of the Leopard-Trek team, with Stan Godrie from Rabobank Development crossing the line in third.
The stage result didn’t affect the top of the general classification, as Ukrainian Sergiy Grechyn of Torku Sekerspor finished as overall winner. “This victory is very significant,” said Grechyn at the post-event press conference. “It’s an honour to come the first in a race of this standard and class. I’m very glad that I managed to defend the blue jersey.”
Local team Synergy Baku Cycling Project also finished among the honours, with their German rider Christoph Schweizer claiming the green jersey as the Tour’s best sprinter, while his Irish team-mate Connor McConvey took the King of the Mountain’s red jersey. Meanwhile, Bakhtyar Kozhatayev of the Continental Team Astana was convincing winner of the violet and white jersey as the best young rider of the Tour.
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