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Spain's Eduard Prades wins Cycling Tour of Turkey

Eduard Prades, who rides for Euskadi Basque Country - Murias, wins 6-stage tour

14.10.2018
Spain's Eduard Prades wins Cycling Tour of Turkey

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL

Spain's Eduard Prades has won the 54th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Sunday.

Cyclists rode in the Eurasia tunnel connecting Europe to Asia beneath the Bosphorus Strait.

Eduard Prades, who rides for the Euskadi Basque Country-Murias team, has won the six-stage 950-kilometer (590.3-mile) tour.

Kazakhtan's Alexey Lutsenko, an Astana Pro team cyclist, came second in the overall standings while Australia's Nathan Haas, who rides for Katusha-Alpecin, was third.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Sam Bennett, who rides for the Bora-Hansgrohe team, won the sixth and last 164-kilometer-long (nearly 102 miles) stage, which ended Sunday in Istanbul.

6-stage tour of 950 kilometers

For the second time, the Tour of Turkey is part of the World Tour category.

This year's edition found 20 teams from across the world, including the Turkish national team, race in a 950-kilometer (590.3-mile), six-stage tour.

The Tour of Turkey was broadcasted in more than 120 countries.

Organized by the Turkish Cycling Federation, the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey debuted in 1963 and became an international race two years later.

Some 140 cyclists, 20 teams, including nine "World Tour", were racing in the Tour of Turkey.

This year, the six-day tour started in Konya on Oct. 9.


Stages:

Stage 1: Konya - Konya / Oct. 9 // 148.4 km

Stage 2: Alanya - Antalya / Oct. 10 // 149.6 km

Stage 3: Fethiye - Marmaris / Oct. 11 // 132.7 km

Stage 4: Marmaris - Selcuk / Oct. 12 // 205.5 km

Stage 5: Selcuk - Manisa / Oct. 13 // 135.7 km

Stage 6: Bursa - Istanbul / Oct. 14 // 164 km



Teams:

Turkish National Team

Astana Pro Team

Bahrain - Merida

Bmc Racing Team

Bora - Hansgrohe

Burgos - BH

Caja Rural - Seguros RGA

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

Delko Marseille Provence KTM

Euskadi Basque Country - Murias

Gazprom - Rusvelo

Manzana Postobon Team

Quick - Step Floors

Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise

Team Katusha Alpecin

Team Sunweb

Trek - Segafredo

UAE Team Emirates

WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic

Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia

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