The Tour of Turkey is the last UCI World Tour race in the West. The tour has traditionally occurred in the spring, but this year due to some security concerns related to the political climate in the country it shifted to the autumn. The race will take place between the 9th and the 14th of October in the western part of Turkey and we expect to see a real showdown between cyclists that have had strong and consistent performances throughout the year. (All photos: Cor Vos)
The tour kicks off with a route going in a big circle, from Konya to Konya, covering 149km. There are only two moderate climbs, so there is a big chance this stage will end with a sprint.
The second stage begins in Alanya with a 154km, mostly flat route along the beautiful Turkish coast, and will more than likely be ending with a bunch sprint in Antalya.
Stage 3 brings the peloton from Fehiye to Marmaris with a short 137km through coastal villages. They will be going fast until a big 15km climb at the end.
The next day, Stage 4, begins in Marmaris and heads 206km to Selcuk. This is where we expect to see the strongest riders take charge. This route takes cyclists from 0 to 700 vertical metres, and the last 400 meters of this rise occur in 7km ascent. Those best equipped to succeed on climbs will be the ones to watch.
Stage 5 is quite flat and short, covering only 136km from Seluck to Mansia. And stage 6 from Bursa to Istanbul again ensures a sprint. So, whoever is leading the race after stage 4 definitely has a shot to win!
The Tour of Turkey isn’t the most challenging stage race of the year, but all of the major teams participate. It may not be as popular as the other races, however this tour definitely offers a spotlight for up and coming cyclists to get noticed.