Where's that GPS?
This race was marred last year by a doping scandel involving erstwhile winner Ivailo Gabrovski (Konya Torku Seker Spor):
Gabrovski Given Two Years For EPO Use | Cyclingnews.com
The win was given to second place finisher Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana).
Dyachenko will return with his Astana team with the hope of winning this race out-right. He will be challenged by the likes of Teo Bos and Mark Renshaw (Blanco), Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol), Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Quebeka), Martin Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano), Bryan Coquard (Europcar), Francesco Chicchi and Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini).
2012 Alexandr Dyachenko
2011 Alexander Efimkin
2010 Giovanni Visconti
2009 Daryl Impey
2008 David Garcia
2007 Ivaïlo Gabrovski
2006 Ghader Eranagh
2005 Svetoslav Kirilov
This race traditionaly allows a lot of smaller teams to get some time in the spotlight - so I imagine it will be littered with ill-fated breakaway attempts and the winner will come from one of the World Tour teams.
I'm leaning towards Martin Velits of Omega Pharma-Quick Step taking the turquoise jersey of the GC winner in this one while the sprinters split individual stage wins amongst themselves. [Edit: This prediction was dead in the water - Velits didn't come to the race!]
Startlist Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, International Presidency Turkey Tour 2013 - CyclingFever - The International Cycling Social Network - Get the Cycling fever!
Stage: 1 - 21 April : Alanya, 143.00 km
Stage: 2 - 22 April : Alanya - Antalya, 150.00 km
Stage: 3 - 23 April : Antalya - Elmali, 153.50 km
Stage: 4 - 24 April : Gocek - Marmaris, 147.00 km
Stage: 5 - 25 April : Marmaris - Turgutreis, 183.00 km
Stage: 6 - 26 April : Bodrum - Selcuk, 182.00 km
Stage: 7 - 27 April : Kusadasi - Izmir, 124.00 km
Stage: 8 - 28 April : Istanbul, 121.00 k
Information and Press:
Duggan Set For Racing Return At Tour Of Turkey | Cyclingnews.com