The centre of Fethiye was in lockdown on Wednesday.
As far as cars were concerned anyway.
From 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.
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
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
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…
What did Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick Step) have to say?
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.