The centre of Fethiye was in lockdown on Wednesday.

As far as cars were concerned anyway.

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 19.03.01From 10am vehicles were strictly ‘yasak’* as crowds of people filled the streets

instead, waiting in the sunshine for the the Fourth Stage of the

Presidential Cycling Tour 2015 to begin. The cycle road race is an annual event

that has become a start of the season treat for many of Fethiye residents and

early-bird holiday makers. It’s also become a chance for road racing enthusiasts

to grab a photo of their lycra clad heroes.

Waiting for the starters orders

While waiting, Davide Rebellin took the opportunity

to get his cycling shoes polished… while others sat quietly in the shade.

Davide Rebellin - race leader - takes a few moments out in Fethiye to get his shoes polished...
Davide Rebellin – race leader overall – takes a few moments out in Fethiye to get his shoes polished…
Preparing for the race
Preparing for the race

Caught on camera

FT reader, İbrahim Yuksel, was at the start of the race and took some great photos

of the cyclists cruising along the main road in what would normally be the wrong

direction.

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Jerseys

Turquoise, sponsored by Spor Toto (General Classification): Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprindi Polowice)
Green, Salcano (Points): Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick Step)
Red, Turkish Airlines (Mountains): Juan Pablo Valencia (Team Colombia)
White, Vestel (Beauties of Turkey): Lluis Mas (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

The story of today’s race

Das CCC Sprandi Team nimmt seinen Kapitaen und Gesamtfuehrenden Davide REBELLIN (ITA) aus dem Wind - Mannschaftsarbeit - Domestiken - Edelhelfer - Wassertraeger - Teamwork - Teamplayer - Aktion - Rennszene - Querformat - quer - horizontal - Event / Veranstaltung: Tour of Turkey 2015 - Stage 4 / 4.Etappe: Fethiye nach Marmaris 132.0 km - Location / Ort: Marmaris - Turkey - Tuerkei - Asia - Asien - Date / Datum: 29.04.2015
Das CCC Sprandi Team nimmt seinen Kapitaen und Gesamtfuehrenden Davide REBELLIN (ITA) aus dem Wind – Mannschaftsarbeit – Domestiken – Edelhelfer – Wassertraeger – Teamwork – Teamplayer – Aktion – Rennszene – Querformat – quer – horizontal – Event / Veranstaltung: Tour of Turkey 2015 – Stage 4 / 4.Etappe: Fethiye nach Marmaris 132.0 km – Location / Ort: Marmaris – Turkey – Tuerkei – Asia – Asien – Date / Datum: 29.04.2015

If you want to read about what happened click here.

Sprinting for Caretta caretta

We were thrilled to see this as sea turtles need all the support they can get.

The Beauties of Turkey sprint at km 100.8, dedicated to the rare and beautiful
loggerhead turtles that nest in the area, ended: 1. Pozzo, 2. Planet, 3. Seeldrayers.

1. Mattia Pozzo (Nippo – Vini Fantini, 156), 5 pts.
2. Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk, 167), 3 pts
3. Kevin Seeldraeyers (Torku Şekerspor, 201), 1 pt

And the winner was…

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Andre GREIPEL ( GER / Lotto Soudal )

 

Andre GREIPEL ( GER / Lotto Soudal ) gewinnt die vierte Etappe der Tuerkei Rundfahrt und kann sich auf dem Podium feiern lassen - Podium - Hostessen - Siegerehrung - Jubel - Freude - Emotionen - Querformat - quer - horizontal - Event / Veranstaltung: Tour of Turkey 2015 - Stage 4 / 4.Etappe: Fethiye nach Marmaris 132.0 km - Location / Ort: Marmaris - Turkey - Tuerkei - Asia - Asien - Date / Datum: 29.04.2015
Andre GREIPEL ( GER / Lotto Soudal ) Tour of Turkey 2015 – Stage 4 / 4.Etappe: Fethiye nach Marmaris 132.0 km – Location / Ort: Marmaris – Turkey – Tuerkei – Asia – Asien – Date / Datum: 29.04.2015

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What did Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick Step) have to say?

Evidently Mark Cavendish likes bananas
Evidently Mark Cavendish likes bananas

 

Q: How much more difficult was today’s stage than yesterday?
A: We knew it was going to be hard. The racing over the last climb was harder
than last year. Perhaps we were too motivated.
The team pulled to close the gap in the second from last climb, and then,
in the last 5-600m of the final climb, riding into the headwind, we just missed it.
Perhaps we were over confident, pushing more than 300W in the 10km before the climb.
But that’s life, we gave it our best shot.

Q: What are your targets for the rest of this TUR?
A: Tomorrow’s sprint, and then we have a good team for the last stage,
which has changed for last year. It suits us down to the ground.
I’m here to pick up stages and build my form.

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