Ireland's Sam Bennett won stage two of the 54th Presidential Tour of Turkey today to take the overall race lead in Antalya.

Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) won four stages of the race in 2017 and, after finishing second on Tuesday's opening stage, won the dash for the line at the end of the 149.6km route from Alanya.

Alvaro Hodeg (QuickStep Floors) and Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) finished second and third, respectively.

Time bonuses mean Bennett now leads by six seconds from stage one winner Max Richeze (QuickStep-Floors) ahead of Thursday's hilly 132.7km third stage from Fethiye to Marmaris.

For Bennett, claiming victory on the stage has seen him complete one of the goals he has coming into the tour.

"I'm happy, it's a bit of a relief," he told Eurosport. "I came here after a quiet mid-season. I won't say I can relax now but some of the pressure has gone. I'm really happy.

"There are still some opportunities to come and the guys did a fantastic job today, as well. I really want to thank them.

"I was waiting for them [ed. Quick-Step] but in the finale I didn't really know if we'd caught the breakaway or not because with around 10km to go it was so dangerous that I just had to concentrate on what I was doing.

"There was talking on the earpiece, and I would have liked to have put my hands up, but Quick-Step came with about 500-600m to go and it was perfect positioning. It's always good to get a victory going into the off-season. It keeps the morale high when you don't have much racing."

Nicolas Roche (BMC) is 16 seconds behind Bennett in 61st place.