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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).

Former Winners:
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:
Startlist Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, International Presidency Turkey Tour 2013 - CyclingFever - The International Cycling Social Network - Get the Cycling fever!

Stages:
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

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TUR 2013

Duggan Set For Racing Return At Tour Of Turkey | Cyclingnews.com

 

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The sprinters are usually the big story here and there are plenty of good ones in the field (Kittell, Renshaw, Boss, etc.). I will be watching to see what those guys do. For the overall, I can't call it, so I will be pulling for anyone from MTN-Qhubeka in a stunner. :)
 

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Stage One

Alanya 126km

The "Sprinterfest" kicked off to the advantage of Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) as he outsprinted André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and Yuriy Metlushenko (Torku Seker Spor) to take the first leader's jersey.

Here's your Top Ten on GC:
1) Marcel Kittel (Team Argos-Shimano) 3:08:37
2) André Greipel (Lotto Belisol)
3) Yuriy Metlushenko (Torku Sekerspor)
4) Roger Kluge (Team NetApp-Endura)
5) Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
6) Francesco Lasca (Caja Rural)
7) Danilo Napolitano (Accent Jobs-Wanty)
8) Grzegorz Stepniak (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
9) Edwin Avila (Colombia)
10) Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox)

Presidential Cycling Tour Of Turkey 2013: Stage 1 Results | Cyclingnews.com

Patience And Practice Nets Kittel First Leader's Jersey At Tour Of Turkey | Cyclingnews.com


Stage Two: Alanya - Antalya 153km
Another one for the sprinters? If so, can Kittel hold on to his turqouise jersey?
 

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Stage Two

Alanya - Antalya 153km

Lithiuanen Aidis Kruopis (Orica-GreenEdge) took Stage Two from under the noses of Marco Coledan (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) and André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) in Antalya today. But Herr Greipel could not be overly dis-pleased as he took over the leader's jersey.

The finish was marred by crashes as sprinters and their teams josteled for position in the winde-up and those who finished at the top were both among the fastest as well as the luckiest today. Mark Renshaw might be fast, but he was not among the lucky today as he broke his collarbone in a crash and will be out for a bit.

Current Top Ten on GC:
1) André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) 6:32:21
2) Aidis Kruopis (Orica-GreenEdge)
3) Marcel Kittel (Team Argos-Shimano)
4) Marco Coledan (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) 0:00:04
5) Yuriy Metlushenko (Torku Sekerspor) 0:00:06
6) Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Lampre-Merida) 0:00:10
7) Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge)
8) Filippo Fortin (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox)
9) Grzegorz Stepniak (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
10) Baptiste Planckaert (Crelan-Euphony)

Presidential Cycling Tour Of Turkey 2013: Stage 2 Results | Cyclingnews.com

Kruopis Relieved To Swap Near-misses For Victory In Turkey | Cyclingnews.com

Kittel Loses Tour Of Turkey Lead | Cyclingnews.com

Renshaw Breaks Collarbone In Tour Of Turkey Crash | Cyclingnews.com

Report: Renshaw To Rejoin Cavendish At Omega Pharma-QuickStep? | Cyclingnews.com


Stage Three: Antalya - Elmali, 153.50 km

Looks like Greipel and Kittel will be involved in a death-match through-out this tour. But it will have to wait as the climbers will have a chance to play during this stage.
Let's see how things shake loose in Elmali tomorrow...
 

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Thanks Bill. I was hoping someone would post that. Did you see the bike go tumbling across the fence? Wow! I will say there weren't very many spectators at a spint finish
 

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Stage Three - Results

Antalya - Elmali, 153.50 km

The GC recieved a refreashing shake-up today as Europcar's Natnael Berhane took the "queen stage" of this tour. In the process, the African road race and time trial champion also became the current owner of the leader's jersey.

Current Top Five on GC:
1) Natnael Berhane (Europcar)
2) Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana) 0:00:10
3) Mustafa Sayar (Torku Sekerspor) 0:00:12
4) Maxime Mederel (Sojasun) 0:00:26
5) Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff) 0:00:34

Presidential Cycling Tour Of Turkey 2013: Stage 3 Results | Cyclingnews.com
 

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impressive stage win. doeas he have a reasonably good prospect of seeing it through to the finale?
Good question.
Considering this is a "Sprinter's Race" - one would be justified in being doubtful.
Also, look at Number 2 and Number 5 - they could be a serious threat even if the sprinters are not.

Before we can speculate on Berhane's chances, I suggest we look at the time-splits to the top sprinters like Grip and Kittel. Perhaps if Europcar can keep Berhane at the front so the sprinters only gain seconds during each stage...
 

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Stage Four - Results

Gocek - Marmaris, 147.00 km

Berhane gets to keep his jersey for yet another day.

But "The Gorilla" takes yet another stage win as Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) was victorious again in Marmaris.

Current Top Ten on GC:
1) Natnael Berhane (Europcar)
2) Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana) 0:00:10
3) Mustafa Sayar (Torku Sekerspor) 0:00:12
4) Maxime Mederel (Sojasun) 0:00:26
5) Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff) 0:00:34
6) Yoann Bagot (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
7) Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge)
8) Florian Guillou (Bretagne-Seche Environnement) 0:00:38
9) Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Colombia) 0:00:40
10) Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)

Presidential Cycling Tour Of Turkey 2013: Stage 4 Results | Cyclingnews.com


Stage Five: Marmaris - Turgutreis, 183.00 km
This stage begins with some impressive climbs but becomes rather tame half-way through with only minor bumps on the road. This will allow the sprinters, who will fall out the back during the climbs, plenty of time to catch-up and re-load for a sprint finish.

Stage Profile:

Stage Map:
 

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that was an exceptionally frustrating broadcast by eurosport.

"no sight of berhane, in either of the two main groups"...

10 minutes later: "oh, he bridged the gap and we missed it"

i don't know if it was the producer, the poor video feed or what.

anyhow, it's all to play for tomorrow.
 

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Stage Five - Results

Marmaris - Bodrum 182km

André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won the sprint into Bodrum and made it two stages in a row for this prolific sprinter - I think he can rest assured that he will be taking the green points jersey away with him when this Tour is done and dusted.

Current Top Ten on GC
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1) Natnael Berhane (Europcar) 19:09:13
2) Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana) 0:00:10
3) Mustafa Sayar (Torku Sekerspor) 0:00:12
4) Maxime Mederel (Sojasun) 0:00:26
5) Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff) 0:00:34
6) Yoann Bagot (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
7) Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge)
8) Florian Guillou (Bretagne-Seche Environnement) 0:00:38
9) Darwin Hurtado (Colombia) 0:00:40
10) Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) 0:00:47


Stage Six: Bodrum - Selcuk, 182.00 km
The second longest stage of the Presidential Tour of Turkey. It is also unusual in that it features a mountain-top finish and some serious climbing - especially towards the end. If Natnael Berhane (Europcar) is going to lose his leader's jersey, this is likely the stage during which that will happen. Should Berhane get isolated, a number of top ten riders may be able to pull away from him on the last climb and do serious damage. I suspect this stage (or stage seven) will determine the winner, if not the complete podium. Stage Seven has a lot of bumps as well - so the sprinters will have to cool thier jets until the final stage in Istanbul I suspect.

Stage Six Profile:

Afrikansk cykelsport nærmer sig den etablerede elite - Cykling
 

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Stage Six - Results - Spoiler Warning

Bodrum - Selcuk, 182.00 km

There is sadness throughout the African cycling world today as their champion lost his leader's jersey today to Turkish rider Mustafa Sayar. The numerous climbs today proved too much for Berhane and he came in almost a minute behind Sayar. Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) has apparently gone on Twitter and accused Sayar of using PEDs!

Current Top Ten on GC:
1) Mustafa Sayar (Torku Sekerspor) 23:49:24
2) Natnael Berhane (Europcar) 0:00:41
3) Yoann Bagot (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
4) Maxime Mederel (Sojasun) 0:00:57
5) Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) 0:01:00
6) Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) 0:01:02
7) Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Colombia) 0:01:08
8) Florian Guillou (Bretagne-Seche Environnement) 0:01:09
9) Danail Andonov Petrov (Caja Rural) 0:01:13
10) Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff) 0:01:15

Presidential Cycling Tour Of Turkey 2013: Stage 6 Results | Cyclingnews.com

Dopingmistanke: Rytter raser over etapevinder - Cykling

Stage Seven: Kusadasi - Izmir, 124.00 km

Sayar's cozy 41 second cushion may not be all that secure as tomorrow's stage also features a lot of up and down and we could easily see someone new in the turquoise jersey of race leader.


Stage Seven Profile:
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i have no idea how sayar does it, turning over that big ring, but it was truly an impressive win. the turks always seem to come good at home, so tip of the hat to him. as you mentioned viking, there may be some drama still left in the race as the stage seven looks daunting.
 
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