Fethiye will once again host an international band of cyclists competing in the annual Tour of Turkey cycle race that will take place this year on the 22 to 29 April 2012.

“The world’s unique cycling stage race between two continents where cyclists pedal to cross over the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia “

The Tour of Turkey has been slowly developing as one of the key races in the international cycling road race calendar. Two year’s ago it attained one of the formal classifications meaning it attracted some of the top teams and their riders in the tough race.

This year the annual race will follow a different route to 2011, which was very successful.

Instead of beginning in Istanbul it will end there and will contribute to the Istanbul Capital of Sport celebrations for 2012.

The start of this years race will be in Alanya on the 29 April 2012.

A total of 25 teams are taking part with over 200 riders in total.

The race will cover 8 stages and 1,387km:

1. Alanya – Alanya 22/4

2. Alanya – Kemer 23/4

3. Tekirova – Emali 24/4

4. Fethiye – Marmaris 25/4

5. Marmaris – Turgutreis 26/4

6. Bodrum – Kusadasi 27/4

7. Ephesus – Izmir 28/4

8. Istanbul 29/4

Stage 3 is a brand new stage and will take the riders from the coast up through the mountain town of Elmali and then to a sprint finish at 1,800m on the road from Elmali to Seki. For those of you that know the area that climb is going to one tough finish!

The riders will then travel from there to Fethiye for the next Stage.

The whole race will be broadcast live by Turkish TV channel TRT so you can watch the splendid countryside from the comfort of your arm chair rather than a narrow saddle!

We look forward to the arrival of the cyclists and their entourage as it brings so much interest to the town.

Our Simici with a rider from the Polsat Team 2010 Fethiye

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