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Davis remembers the Anzacs at Presidential Tour of Turkey

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Australian Allan Davis is aiming for Milano-San Remo

Australian Allan Davis is aiming for Milano-San Remo (Image credit: AFP)
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Allan Davis is still looking for a win this year.

Allan Davis is still looking for a win this year. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Allan Davis (Astana)

Allan Davis (Astana) (Image credit: Sirotti)

A change of race schedule will allow Astana's Allan Davis to honour the fallen when the Australian rides in the Presidential Tour of Turkey which starts this Sunday, April 24.

The event kicks off in Istanbul before heading south on the 25th, Anzac Day, to Kusadasi. Anzac Day is arguably Australia's most important national day. While it was initially intended as a day of remembrance the anniversary of the World War I landing at Gallipoli, on Turkey's Aegean coast in 1915, it has since grown to include all of those Australians and New Zealander's lost in war.

"The first thing that comes to my mind is that a lot of Australians [8709] died at war in Turkey", Davis said. "I've never been to Turkey before but I'm happy to do so for the TUR," he continued. "I don't know much about the race but I know it's a good one for sprinters. To race with a good weather is a nice thing at this time of the year. It'll be great to contest the sprints against Tyler Farrar, Andre Greipel, Alessandro Petacchi and the other guys."

Greipel dominated last year's race, taking five stages. Other riders looking to put a dent in Greipel's winning run include Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) and Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale).

Davis had been in line to race both Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallonne but illness ended those plans and allowed the Commonwealth Games gold medallist to get some extra training in.

"I got crook last week," he explained. "I was sort of targeting the Amstel Gold Race but I got a stomach virus and I couldn't race. But I've come good this week. I've done some long days on the bike and I should be able to do more before I fly to Turkey."

The Astana team for the Presidential Tour of Turkey: Assan Bazayev, Allan Davis, Alexandr Dyachenko, Valentin Iglinskiy, Roman Kireyev, Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy, Sergei Renev, Andrey Zeits.


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Jane Aubrey


As a sports journalist and producer since 1997, Jane has covered Olympic and Commonwealth Games, rugby league, motorsport, cricket, surfing, triathlon, rugby union, and golf for print, radio, television and online. However her enduring passion has been cycling.


Jane is a former Australian Editor of Cyclingnews from 2011 to 2013 and continues to freelance within the cycling industry.