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WorldThe winners of the 57th Presidential Bike Tour in Turkey were determined

The winners of the 57th Presidential Bike Tour in Turkey were determined

In Istanbul, awards were presented to the winners of the 57th Presidential Cycling Tour in Turkey – Tour of Türkiye.

The last, eighth stage of the 57th international cycling tour was canceled due to adverse weather conditions.

The bike tour was organized by the Turkish Cycling Federation and was held under the patronage of the President of Turkey.

The eighth round started from the Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul.

In total, 149 cyclists from 25 teams took part in the eighth stage of the race. The length of the route was 141.1 km.

After the start, the cyclists passed through the districts of Dolmabahce, Besiktas, Barbaros Boulevard, Chiragan Street, Kurucheshme and continued moving towards the Bebek district.

Athletes crossed the Bridge of Martyrs 15 towards the Anatolian coast.

Due to deteriorating weather conditions and the risk of accidents on the 25th kilometer of the route, the team coordinators demanded to stop the race. The decision was also made at the request of the athletes.

The winner of the seventh stage of the Tour of Türkiye, New Zealander Patrick Bevin from the Israel-Premier Tech team, who is also the leader of the overall standings based on the results of previous tours, has been declared the champion of the 57th International Presidential Bike Tour.

The Australian from the Belgian team Alpecin-Fenix ​​Jay Vine finished second overall. Third place was taken by the Argentine Eduardo Sepulveda from the Italian Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli team.

Turkish cyclist Mustafa Sayar from the municipality of Sakarya finished 9th overall.

In the team standings, the Spanish Equipo Kern Pharma took the first place.

The awards were presented to the athletes by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay. The cup was presented to the Equipo Kern Pharma team by the Minister of Youth and Sports of Turkey, Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu.

Patrick Bevin said at a press conference that the weather conditions were very difficult for racing.

“The athletes and teams have reached an agreement with the race coordinators and have decided to cancel the stage. We are disappointed and regret the cancellation of the beautiful 8th stage,” said the 31-year-old athlete.

He emphasized that the combination of dust and rain negatively affects the ground.

In such conditions, the race would have been impossible, the road was slippery due to dust and rain on the ground, Bevin said.

“It was very nice to come from New Zealand and walk around such a beautiful city, but I would like it to be a real race. On the other hand, we had a great tour of Istanbul,” he added.

For the first time such a bike tour was organized in 1963 and then it was called the Tour around the Sea of ​​Marmara.

In 1965, the bike tour first received international status, and in 1966 came under the patronage of the president.

The cycling tour is the world’s first and only multi-day intercontinental cycling race.

In general, for eight stages of cycling, the athletes had to cover a distance of 1303 km.

The race was broadcast live on TV channels TRT Spor Yıldız and Eurosport.

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