The 46th Presidential Tour of Turkey rolls into Fethiye this afternoon but some travel disruption is possible as roads will be closed from early this morning.

Stage 5 of the race sees the 15 teams of over 100 riders setting off from Pammukale near Denizli at 11 am for the 221km ride to Fethiye.

The riders will take the punishing road via Golhisar and Altin Yayla where they will climb to the summit at 1,600 metres (5,250 feet).

The riders will then take the undulating main road towards Fethiye for a fast decent down to Kemer and then continue on the main road to finish in Fethiye town centre by Garanti Bank.

The event is televised live on TRT1 from 2:45pm when the riders should still be climbing to the big summit. If you are outside Turkey you can also watch the event live on Eurosport between 1pm and 3pm.

The event is certainly worth watching on TV as the views of the area from the helicopter that follows the race will be great.

The commentary on TRT1 is only in Turkish but if you are keen to know what’s going on call up www.tourofturkey.org and follow the live updates in English.

Finish Line Fun

If you can make it to the finish line there will be a large screen showing the race and a commentary in Turkish and English.

You will also be able to watch the cyclists finish, the medal ceremony and maybe get seen on TV too.

If the riders keep to schedule they should arrive at the finish line any time between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.

The following day the riders will leave Fethiye around midday and head for Finike. They should pass through Kalkan between 2pm and 2:30pm and Kas around 3pm.

Road Closures

The local council announced that the roads on the race route in town will be closed to traffic between 8am today and when the race leaves on Friday.

So if you plan to visit Fethiye between those times expect traffic congestion as vehicles will be forced onto side roads. With the main road into the town centre closed those wishing to visit the finish line will need to park and walk.

Also expect the main road from Antalya to be closed some hours before the race arrives.

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