2nd stage of Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey begins


By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – The second stage of the 54th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey began on Wednesday in southern Antalya province's Alanya district.

For the second time, Tour of Turkey has been held in World Tour category.

The second stage started in Antalya and will end in the same city on a 149.6 km route.

Argentinian Maximiliano Richeze won the first stage of the tour in the central province of Konya on Tuesday.

Richeze, who rides for the Quick-Step Floors team, won the 148.4-kilometer race which started and ended in Konya.

In the first stage, Ireland's Sam Bennett, who rides for the Bora-Hansgrohe team, came in second, while Jean-Pierre "Jempy" Drucker, a Luxembourg cyclist riding for the BMC Racing Team, came third.

After its promotion to World Tour category, the Tour of Turkey is expected to reach a large audience through broadcasts in more than 120 countries.

– 6-stage tour of 950 kilometers

This year's edition sees 20 teams from across the world, including the Turkish national team, race in the 950-kilometer, 6-stage tour.

Organized by the Turkish Cycling Federation, the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey debuted in 1963 and became an international race two years later.

In the world's only cycling tour to connect the continents, cyclists will also ride in the Eurasia tunnel connecting Europe to Asia beneath the Bosphorus Strait.

Nine "World Tour" teams are among 20 teams with 140 cyclists racing in the Tour of Turkey.

This year, the six-day tour started in Konya on Oct. 9 and will end in Istanbul on Oct. 14.


Stage 1: Konya – Konya / Oct. 9 // 148.4 km

Stage 2: Alanya – Antalya / Oct. 10 // 149.6 km

Stage 3: Fethiye – Marmaris / Oct. 11 // 132.7 km

Stage 4: Marmaris – Selcuk / Oct. 12 // 205.5 km

Stage 5: Selcuk – Manisa / Oct. 13 // 135.7 km

Stage 6 Bursa – Istanbul / Oct. 14 // 164 km


Turkish National Team

Astana Pro Team

Bahrain – Merida

Bmc Racing Team

Bora – Hansgrohe

Burgos – BH

Caja Rural – Seguros RGA

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

Delko Marseille Provence KTM

Euskadi Basque Country – Murias

Gazprom – Rusvelo

Manzana Postobon Team

Quick – Step Floors

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise

Team Katusha Alpecin

Team Sunweb

Trek – Segafredo

UAE Team Emirates

WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic

Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia