By Fatih Erel
ISTANBUL (AA) – The 54th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey began on Tuesday in Konya.
For the second time, Tour of Turkey has been held in World Tour category.
The first stage started in Konya and will end in the same city on a 149.7 km route.
The Tour of Turkey was promoted to World Tour category and will reach a wide audience through broadcasts in more than 120 countries.
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 Eurasia tunnel connecting Europe to Asia under the Bosphorus.
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 // 149.7 km
Stage 2: Alanya – Antalya / Oct. 10 // 154.1 km
Stage 3: Fethiye – Marmaris / Oct. 11 // 137 km
Stage 4: Marmaris – Selcuk / Oct. 12 // 206.7 km
Stage 5: Selcuk – Manisa / Oct. 13 // 136.5 km
Stage 6 Bursa – Istanbul / Oct. 14 // 166 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
Trek – Segafredo
UAE Team Emirates
WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia