Four WorldTour teams set to start in Tour of Turkey
Oct 09 2017 08:45 pm CET

Four WorldTour teams set to start in Tour of Turkey
Four WorldTour teams set to start in Tour of Turkey
Tour of Turkey

The Tour of Turkey will have the participation of 13 teams. The race is set to start on October 10th and features four WorldTour teams.

Astana, Bora-hansgrohe, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates will be the four WorldTour teams that will take part in the Turkish race. These teams will ride along continental squads like Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, CCC Sprandi-Polkowice, Gazprom-RusVelo, Wilier Triestina, Soul Brasil, WB Veranclassic-Aqua Protect, Bardiani CSF, a Turkish National Team and Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia.

The six-stage race will have some opportunities for sprinters in which riders like Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe), Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Riccardo Minali (Astana) and local rider Ahmet Örken will have the chance to fight for the win. Örken is set to attract a lot of attention in the race by being the first Turkish rider to join a ProContinental team with his move to Israel Cycling Academy for 2018.

"Cycling has improved a lot in Turkey these past few years”, the 24-year-old rider said. "With this move to the big league, I’m hoping to inspire other young cyclists from my country."

The favourites for the General Classification include Trek-Segafredo's Jarlinson Pantano, Jesper Hansen (Astana), Leopold König (Bora-hansgrohe), Diego Ulissi and Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates).

The race that has recently been won by riders like Daryl Impey, Adam Yates, Kristijan Durasek and Jose Gonçalves was set to take place from the 18th to the 23rd of April but was postponed to October.
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