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Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 2021

Jose Manuel Diaz (Delko) wins stage 5 of the Tour of Turkey

Jose Manuel Diaz (Delko) wins stage 5 of the 2021 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tour of Turkey: José Manuel Díaz wins Elmalı summit finish

José Manuel Díaz (Delko) won the queen stage of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey at Elmalı and moved into the overall lead with three stages remaining.

Under sunshine and atop the 12-kilometre mountaintop finish, the Spaniard triumphed with a late attack, catching Anthon Charmig (Uno-X) 200 metres from the line. Eduardo Sepúlveda (Androni Giocattoli) finished third on stage 5.

With bonus seconds earned in the win over 160km, DÍaz leads Vine by four seconds and Sepúlveda by six seconds on GC, followed by Anders Johannessen (Uno-X) and Jhojan García (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) at 25 seconds.

Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who had held the leader's turquoise jersey, was dropped on the climb, and losing more than 12 minutes, moved to 85th overall.   

Stage 6 on Friday begins in Fethiye and after 129.1 bumpy kilometres ends in Marmaris in south-west Turkey along the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera.

Results - stage 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego (Spa) Delko 4:25:25
2Jay Vine (Aus) Alpecin-Fenix
3Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
4Anders Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:00:15
5Jhojan Orlando Garcia Susa (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:18
7Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:00:20
8Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko 0:00:23
9Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:00:38
10Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:00:42

General classification after stage 5 - top 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Manuel Diaz Gallego (Spa) Delko 18:38:27
2Jay Vine (Aus) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:04
3Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00:06
4Jhojan Orlando Garcia Susa (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:25
5Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:28
6Anthon Charmig (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:00:30
7Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko 0:00:33
8Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:00:48
9Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:00:52
10Anders Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:00:55

Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey: April 11-18, 2021
Distance: 1,347km over eight days
Start: Kapadokya, Turkey - April 11
Finish: Kusadasi, Turkey - April 18 
Live streaming: Eurosport, GCN+ (Europe, USA and all GCN+ territories)

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey became a ProSeries event in 2019, but the eight-day stage race set in mid-April was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was last contested in as a six-day stage race, with Felix Großschartner of Bora-Hansgrohe winning the overall title in 2019.

This year the race offers a full slate of eight stages, and opens in Nevsehir with a 32.3km climbing circuit that will be completed five times for 167.3km. After two more climbing days, stage 4 offers a day for the sprinters, wrapping along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea with just one category 3 rise on the menu. Stage 5 is a mountaintop finish at Elmali, while the final three stages continue to offer challenging terrain without a lot of opportunities for true sprinters.

The 2021 edition will have three WorldTeams at the start line – Astana-Premier Tech, Deceuninck-QuickStep and Israel Start-Up Nation. Among the 14 ProTeams are Alpecin-Fenix, Bingoal WB, B&B Hotels p/b KTM, Delko, Rally Cycling and Team Novo Nordisk. Among the eight Continental teams is a European stop for US-based Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling.

In the spotlight this year will be Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck-QuickStep, who returns to the peloton after eight months away from racing with multiple surgeries and rehabilitation from a horrrific crash at the 2020 Tour de Pologne. The 24-year-old Dutch sprinter will make his long-awaited return alongside fellow sprinters Mark Cavendish and Álvaro Hodeg for the Belgian team. 

Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey history

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey launched in 1963 as the Marmara Tour, and was elevated to the UCI Europe Tour in 2005. The stage race moved to 2.HC rating in 2010 and then became a WorldTour event in 2017. Last year the race became a ProSeries event, but the eight-day stage race set in mid-April was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) won the finale of the 2019 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey for his second victory of that week, hitting the line on stage 6 ahead of Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Sam Bennett, riding for Bora-Hansgrohe, who also won the opening two stages for the week. Felix Großschartner of Bora-Hansgrohe won the overall title in 2019, taking the GC lead with a summit victory on stage 5 at Kartepe and holding the lead on the final day in Istanbul.

Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey stages

  • Stage 1 - Nevşehir to Ürgüp, 167.3km
  • Stage 2 - Konya to Konya, 144.9km
  • Stage 3 - Beysehir to Alanya, 212.6km
  • Stage 4 - Alanya to Kemer, 184.4km
  • Stage 5 - Kemer to Elmali, 160.3km
  • Stage 6 - Fethiye to Marmaris, 129.1km
  • Stage 7 - Marmaris to Turgutreis, 180km
  • Stage 8 - Bodrum to Kusadasi, 160.3km

Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey teams

  • Astana-Premier Tech
  • Deceuninck-QuickStep
  • Israel Start-Up Nation
  • Alpecin-Fenix
  • Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
  • B&B Hotels p/b KTM
  • Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
  • Bingoal Casino-Wallonie Bruxelles
  • Burgos-BH
  • Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
  • Delko
  • Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
  • Euskaltel-Euskadi
  • Gazprom-Rusvelo
  • Rally Cycling
  • Team Novo Nordisk
  • Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
  • A Bloc CT
  • Minsk Cycling Club
  • Nippo-Provence-CTS
  • Salcano Sakarya BB Team
  • Spor Toto Cycling Team
  • Team Sapura Cycling
  • Team SKS Sauerland NRW
  • Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling