World Bulletin / News Desk
German Marcel Kittel representing the Team Argos-Shimano won the first stage of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (TUR) that started in Antalya's Alanya on Sunday.
Kittel was the winner of 143-km lap with 03:08:27.
The second was Lotto Belisol’s Andre Greipel followed by Yuri Metlushenko from Konya Torku Şeker. The German winner will wear "Turkuaz T-shirt" on Monday’s stage.
The tour will end in İstanbul in its 49th edition. A total of 25 teams are participating in the competition. TUR has attracted some of the top names in international cycling such as Kazakh athlete Alexander Vinokourov, who went on to win a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games after attending the Turkish tour last year.
The tour's eight stages will take the athletes across some of Turkey's most beautiful scenery along the coastal resort towns of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. Beginning in the Mediterranean province of Alanya in the first stage, the tour moves west to neighboring Antalya in stage two.
From there it heads inland toward Elmalı. The course then jumps to coastal Göcek, from which the cyclists will continue west to Marmaris and Turgutreis in the fourth and fifth stages. The next stage takes the riders north to Selçuk from the resort town of Bodrum. Stage seven is from Kuşadası to the city of İzmir. The final stage begins in the old city of Sultanahmet in İstanbul and travels across the Bosporus Bridge into Anatolia for the finish in Bostancı.
The televised race will be broadcast to 160 countries.