Cycling: Fifth stage of Tour of Turkey begins

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – The fifth stage of the 54th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey started in the Selcuk district of the western Izmir province on Saturday.

The fifth stage started in Selcuk and will end in Manisa for a 135.7-kilometer (84.3-mile) race.

The sixth and last stage of the Tour of Turkey will be held between Bursa and Istanbul on Sunday.

For the second time, Tour of Turkey is part of the World Tour category.

This year's edition finds 20 teams from across the world, including the Turkish national team, race in the 950-kilometer (590.3-mile), six-stage tour.

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

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 on two continents, riders will go through in the Eurasia tunnel beneath the Bosphorus Strait.

Some 140 cyclists, 20 teams, including nine "World Tour", are 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.

Stages:

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

Teams:

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

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