The 47th Presidential Tour of Turkey on Sunday took start with a 114.1-km prologue stage in Istanbul in a week of races of a total of eight stages.
The 1,387-km tour, which is the first ever intercontinental cycling event, features 22 teams and 176 professional cyclists, including Andre Greipel of Columbia, Garmin Transitions sprinter Tyler Farrar and Italian Alessandro Petacchi from Lampre-ISD.
After the Istanbul prologue, cyclists will fly to Kusadasi for the second stage. The tour will end on May 1 in Alanya. the race will air live on Turkish television network TRT and on Eurosport.
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