TUR 2023, planned for 23-30 April by the Turkish Cycling Federation under the auspices of the Presidency and with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, was postponed to October due to the earthquakes on February 6.
The organization, which was first organized as the “Marmara Tour” in 1963 and gained international status for the first time in 1965, was taken under the auspices of the Presidency in 1966. The 58th tour will start tomorrow in Alanya and end in Istanbul on October 15.
The first pedal will be pressed at 11.40 in TUR 2023. The cyclists, who will start the great race with the start at Alanya Marina, will pass through Manavgat and Serik and try to cross the finish line in Konyaaltı in first place.
In the Tour of Turkey’s 1235-kilometer track from Alanya to Istanbul, covering 8 stages in 8 days; Attention will be drawn to the development of cycling sports and culture, promotion of the country, cycling tourism, combating the climate crisis and protection of health.
Athletes in the 58th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey will pedal for a total of 1235 kilometers.
The tracks in Tour of Türkiye 2023 are as follows:
Stage 1: Alanya-Antalya (135 km)
Stage 2: Kemer-Kalkan (166.5 km)
Stage 3: Fethiye-Babadağ (104.1 km)
Stage 4: Fethiye-Marmaris (165.3 km)
Stage 5: Marmaris-Yalıkavak (180.6 km)
Stage 6: Bodrum-Selcuk (193.3 km)
Stage 7: Selçuk-Manisa-İzmir (159.8 km)
Stage 8: Istanbul-Sultanahmet (130.5 km)
168 cyclists from 36 countries will compete in 24 teams.
In the organization where the world’s most important professional teams will take part, 168 cyclists from 36 different countries will compete in 24 teams.
UAE Team Emirates, the United Arab Emirates team that ranks first in the UCI world team rankings, and world teams Alpecin-Deceuninck from Belgium, Astana Qazaqstan Team from Kazakhstan and Bora-Hansgrohe from Germany will compete in Turkey.
In TOUR 2023, 4 world, 7 professional, 12 continental teams and 1 national team will compete in the peloton.
The team list of the organization according to International Cycling Union (UCI) categories is as follows:
World teams: Alpecin-Deceuninck (Belgium), Astana Qazaqstan Team (Kazakhstan), Bora-Hansgrohe (Germany), UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates).
Professional teams: Bingoal WB (Belgium), Burgos-BH (Spain), Corratec Selle Italia, Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team, Green Project-Bardianicsf-Faizine (Italy), Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team (Switzerland), Team Novo Nordisk (USA).
Continental teams: Beykoz Belediyespor, Konya Büyükşehir Belediyespor, Spor Toto Cycling Team (Turkey), Abloc CT (Netherlands), Bike AID, P&S Benotti (Germany), Global 6 Cycling (New Zealand), Shimano Racing (Japan), Sofer-Savini DUE-OMZ (Romania), Tarteletto-Isorex (Belgium), Team Medellin-EPM (Colombia), Voster ATS Team (Poland).
National team: Team Netherlands
Athletes who will pedal in the TOUR will compete to wear the 4 leading jerseys.
In the organization, the turquoise jersey will be worn by the athlete who is the general classification leader of the race. While the best climber will wear the red jersey, the cyclist who will score the most points in the sprint races will wear the green jersey.
The athlete who ranks first in the Turkish Beauties bonus gates will also be entitled to wear the white swimsuit.
TOUR 2023 in numbers
More than 100 national and international media members will follow the organization.
Approximately 250 vehicles will accompany the cyclists and the TUR 2023 team throughout the race. In each stage, police and gendarmerie teams of 2 thousand people will ensure the safety of the race on the 1235-kilometer track.
Approximately 16 thousand police and gendarmerie will be on duty during the race. Approximately 2 thousand people, including teams, media, UCI, UCI commissioners, guests, referees, employees, volunteers and medical teams, will take part in the event.
A total of over 7,500 people will be accommodated throughout the tour.
Eurosport and TRT Spor will broadcast
The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey will be broadcast live on Eurosport and TRT Spor this year as well.
The race, which will be followed closely by many television channels and media organizations, will be delivered to sports fans with special content to be published. The first stage of the tour will be broadcast live on TRT Spor Yıldız.
The Presidential Turkey Cycling Tour, one of Turkey’s most important sports promotion forces, will thus be at the top of the world cycling agenda for 8 days.
Roads will be closed
Some roads along the route will be closed to traffic.
The race, which will start in Alanya, will pass through Kemer, Kalkan, Fethiye, Marmaris, Bodrum, Selçuk and Manisa and come to Izmir. The world’s best cyclists, who will move from here to Istanbul, will finish in Sultanahmet Square.
The race, which will attract the attention of cycling sports followers around the world, will visit one of Turkey’s most important tourism centers every day. Traffic flow will not be allowed on many roads during the tour when a large group will depart.
Viola Brand will add color
Artistic cycling world champion German cyclist Viola Brand will come to the 58th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey.
With the slogan “More than a cycling race”, TUR 2023 emphasizes many issues such as the development of cycling sports and culture, the promotion of Turkey, cycling tourism and the fight against the climate crisis, and will host world champion artistic cyclist Viola Brand.
“Superstar” Viola Brand, who broke world records in UCI’s artistic cycling category and exhibited her choreography on cycling in NBA matches as a world champion, will entertain sports fans waiting to watch the final fight of the 5 stages of the Tour of Turkey with her artistic cycling show.
Viola Brand will show at the finishing areas of the 58th Presidential Turkey Cycling Tour in Alanya-Antalya tomorrow, Fethiye-Marmaris on 11 October, Marmaris-Yalıkavak on 12 October, Selçuk-İzmir on 14 October and Istanbul-Sultanahmet on 15 October. .
A memorial forest will be created
A meaningful project will be signed before the organization.
A commemorative forest will be created, considering that bicycles do not use fossil fuels, are environmentally friendly and are an alternative means of transportation for short distances as a solution to preventing global warming.
Within the framework of the work to be carried out to strengthen the existence of forests in Turkey, a tree planting ceremony will be held for the “58th Presidential Turkey Bicycle Tour Commemorative Forest”.
The second commemorative forest tree planting, the first of which was held in Bodrum last year, will be held in the Avsallar region due to the forest fire that occurred in Alanya recently.
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