Sam Bennett continued his astonishing start to the Tour of Turkey as he captured his third stage win out of three on Thursday afternoon.

The Bora-hansgrohe rider now has nine wins this year, but his brilliant start at the final World Tour event of the season -the six-day race has been upgraded in status this season - leaves him sitting pretty.

Apart from Friday's climb into Selcuc, the Tour of Turkey is made for sprinters, and perfect for Bennett.

He'll fancy another strong showing in Sunday's climactic dart into Istanbul and has given himself a golden opportunity of outright victory.

Tour of Turkey stage 3 results (Fethiye - Marmaris, 128.6km) - 1 Sam Bennett (Ireland / BORA-hansgrohe) 3:25:26" 2 Edward Theuns (Belgium / Trek-Segafredo) ST 3 Simone Consonni (Italy / UAE Team Emirates) 4 Manuel Belletti (Italy / Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia) 5 Andrea Vendrame (Italy / Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) 6 Francesco Gavazzi (Italy / Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) 7 Vincenzo Albanese (Italy / Bardiani - CSF) 8 Eduard Prades (Spain / Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) Jonas Koch (Germany / CCC - Sprandi - Polkowice) 10 Ahmet OErken (Turkey / Turkey)    

Tour of Turkey GC - 1 Sam Bennett (Ireland / BORA-hansgrohe) 13:24:28" 2 Edward Theuns (Belgium / Trek-Segafredo) +14" 3 Simone Consonni (Italy / UAE Team Emirates) +26" 4 Vincenzo Albanese (Italy / Bardiani - CSF) +29" 5 Diego Ulissi (Italy / UAE Team Emirates) Francesco Gavazzi (Italy / Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) 7 Mirco Maestri (Italy / Bardiani - CSF) 8 Manuel Belletti (Italy / Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia)   +30" 9 Ahmet OErken (Turkey / Turkey) 10 Enrico Barbin (Italy / Bardiani - CSF) +32"