SAM BENNET si aggiudica la 1a tappa del PRESIDENTIAL TOUR OF TURKEY pubblicato il 11/10/2017


Kemer, 10 October 2017 – I am delighted to be able to send you, belatedly – with apologies – the full official results of stage 1, the Spor Toto Alanya-Kemer Stage, of the 53rd Presidential Tour of Turkey, won by Sam Bennett (BORA–Hansgrohe). Just click here to download.

All All photos, credit Biran Hodes / VeloImages

In addition, please find below an interview with local hero and former Euroeap Junior Omnium champion  Ahmet Örken, who was caught up the crash at 1.5 km from the line today, but emerged relatively unscathed. 

Ahmet Örken: "My aim is to wear the Turquoise Jersey"

Ahmet Örken, the home hero of the 53rd Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, aims to get podium results during six-stage race. Örken, who spoke to the press before stage 1, stressed that Turkish national team had a long preparation period for the Tour and he is looking to win stages in Marmaris and İzmir because of the uphill sprint finishes.

24 year-old Ahmet said that the team had only one goal this year and now it’s time to shine in front of the home crowd: “Prior to Tour of Turkey, we had good results in Morocco, Croatia, Azerbaijan and China as a team. In Turkey we have sprint stages and I will try to be the first to the finish line. Uphill sprints suits me best so Marmaris and İzmir are real opportunities for me. Of course, my rivals, especially Sam Bennett, are in good form so it will be a hard fight. If I stay strong during the climbs, I can finish in a podium position with the support of my team.”

“Giro is my dream”
Örken is Turkey’s only European Junior champion in track cycling in the Omniuim, back in 2011. After switching from track to road, he achieved more success, leading to a contraxt with Israeli Cycling Academy for 2018-2019. Next year he will be the first Turkish cyclist to ride for a Pro Continental team. And Ahmet has big goals with his new team: “Since the beginning of my career, my goal has been to start a Grand Tour. That is why I train hard all the time. My transfer to Israel Cycling Academy is the first step for this dream. Next year I will train even harder and try to be in the roster for Giro.”



E' durata quasi 150 km l'avventura in testa alla 1^ tappa del Tour of Turkey di Alex Turrin che è evaso dal gruppo a inizio frazione assieme ad altri cinque corridori ma che nulla ha potuto fare quando il gruppo ha aperto il gas andando a vanificare gli sforzi del giovane atleta veneto, recentemente rientrato a pieno ritmo dopo la caduta al Tour du Limousin.

Poca sorte nello sprint finale per Manuel Belletti che ha evitato, come del resto i suoi compagni di squadra, la caduta che ha spezzato il plotone a 1 km dall'arrivo dovendo però frenare e poi rimontare senza riuscire a contrastare il vincitore di giornata Sam Bennett.

Domani frazione ondulata e arrivo aperto a molte opzioni in quel di Fethiye


It lasted almost 150 kms the adventure in front of the race of Alex Turrin in the 1st stage of the Tour of Turkey who joined the very early breakaway of the day together with other five riders but he couldn't avoid the come back of the peloton who brought everybody back with 25 kms vanishing the effort of the young veneto rider who is chasing his top condition after the crash of the Tour du Limousin.

Bad luck in the final sprint for Manuel Belletti that has avoided, as all his team mates, the crash that literally broke the peloton with 1 km to go where he was forced to break and then to a desperate come back with no chance to fight for the win.

Tomorrow a very hilly stage with a final that is open to many solutions in Fethiye.


1 Sam Bennett
2 Marco Benfatto
3 Edward Theuns

9 Manuel Belletti
32 Miguel Florez
43 Alberto Cecchin
51 Daniel Martinez
58 Ilia Koshevoy
59 Liam Bertazzo
72 Alex Turrin
82 Yonder Godoy



Alanya, 10 October 2017 – Günaydın from Alanya, the start town for Spor Toto Alanya-Kemer Stage 1 (176.7 km) of the 53rd Presidential Tour of Turkey. The riders sign in this morning in the port area, where last night's team presentation took place to great public acclaim.

Roll out is at 12.25 local time. The start of racing (km 0) follows a 5km neutralised section.

Today's stage includes the following:

At kms 90.5 & 140.7: 
2 intermediate sprints worth 5, 3 and 1 pts towards the Salcano Green Jersey to the first 3 riders across, and also 3, 2, and 1 bonus seconds towards the Spor Toto Turquoise jersey

At km 146.3: 
1 category 4 climb worth 2 and 1 pts in the Turkish Airlines Red Jersey competition to the first 2 riders across

At km 110:
1 Beauties of Turkey sprint worth 5, 3, and 1 point towards the Vestel White Jersey

Spor Toto Turquoise jersey: overall race leader
Turkish Airlines Red Jersey: mountain classification leader
Vestel White Jersey: Beauties of Turkey classification leader
Salcano Green Jersey: points classification leader

Stage profile

Stage finish


Today's feast of cultural and historical landmarks

km 0 – 176.7 to go - Alarahan Caravanserai (36° 41′ 54.1″ N, 31° 43′ 46.45″ E): the most famous and best preserved Anatolian caravanserai (a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day's journey), and a unique architectural masterpiece. A 13th century Seljuq building (The Seljuq dynasty was a Turkish Sunni Muslim dynasty that gradually adopted Persian culture. The Seljuqs established both the Seljuq Empire and Sultanate of Rum, from Aood morning natolia to Persia. They were targets of the First Crusade). The building possesses one of the most complex plans of any caravanserai ever built. Two outer rings surround a central core. Historians assume that the inner ring was reserved for travellers and goods, whilst the outer ring was for services and animal stabling. It had its own mosque and baths. The 2-metre thick walls are constructed from carefully joined, accurately hewn limestone blocks. Each quarryman carved his mark on the stones he had shaped (probably for payment purposes): no similar structures possess such a variety of carving. Most caravanserais of the time were lit by small slit windows in their exterior walls, whereas Alarahan used 79 lion head sculptures to feed oil lamps. These Anatolian Lions symbolized Seljuk power, and are found frequently in Seljuk art. Just 15 kilometres from the Mediterranean coastline, for centuries Alarahan served traders and merchants who carried their goods on the Alanya-Antalya and Alanya-Konya-Ankara roads. When the Silk Road lost its importance, Alarahan was turned into a dormitory for dervishes and it was abandoned by the 19th century.

km 24.6 - 152.1 km to go - Alara Castle (Turkish: Alara Kalesi) (8.4 km inland from Okurcalar, 36° 41′ 54.1″ N, 31° 43′ 46.45″ E): built under the Byzantine Empire, in the 11th century Alara Castle became the western outpost of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia (1080-1375). Situated on a steep massif over the east bank of Alara River, it protected the caravans from highway robberies that were stopping over at the last caravanserai Alarahan on the Silk Road to the sea, situated 300–400 m (980–1,310 ft) further south. 

km 54.0 - 122.7 km to go - Manavgat Waterfall (36° 48' 48" N - 31° 27' 15” E). Though the fall is only a few metres high, the riverbed is wide and the flow high enough to make the falls thundering and white. 1 km further north is the Little Waterfall, a somewhat smaller and less noisy version. Near the coast just south of Manavgat is the crescent-shaped Lake Titreyengöl or ‘trembling lake,’ (36° 45' 21" N 31° 27' 11" E), covering 3000 square metres. There are daily cruises on Manavgat River, between the city and the Titreyengöl ("trembling lake") area downriver, near where the river empties into the Mediterranean. 

Km 57.7 – 119 km to go - SELEUKEIA (LYRBE) (36° 52′ 26.4″ N, 31° 28′ 33.6″ E): ancient Greek city on a hilltop with steep escarpments on several sides making a strong defensive position. Because of its remote location, the site has not been plundered for building materials, so the area is still littered with columns, large grindstones for flour making etc. There are remains of an agora containing a row of two-storey and three-storey building façades, a gate, a mausoleum, a Roman bath, a necropolis, in addition to several temples and churches.

Km 62.3 – 114.4 km to go - exit for the road leading to the coast and the site of ancient Side (36° 46′ 00″ N, 31° 23′ 20″ E): founded by Greek settlers from Cyme in Aeolis, a region of western Anatolia, probably in the seventh century B.C. Alexander the Great occupied Side, without violence, in 333 B.C.,introducing the town to Hellenistic culture, which flourished from the fourth to the first century B.C. After Alexander's death, Side fell under the control of one of his generals, Ptolemy I Soter, who declared himself King of Egypt in 305 B.C. The Ptolemaic dynasty controlled Side until it was captured by the Seleucid Empire in the second century B.C. Despite these occupations, Side managed to preserve some autonomy, grew prosperous, and became an important cultural centre. Between 188 and 36 B.C. Side minted its own money, tetradrachms, showing Nike and a laurel wreath (the sign of victory). A combination of earthquakes, Christian zealots and Arab raids, led to the site being abandoned by the 10th century. Side’s citizens emigrated to nearby Antalya. In 1895, Greek Muslim refugees from Crete moved to Side and called their town Selimiye.

km 85 - 97.3 to go: EURYMEDON BRIDGE (KOPRUPAZAR) (36° 54′ 51.23″ N, 31° 9′ 46.79″ E) The Eurymedon Bridge was a late Roman bridge over the river Eurymedon (modern Köprüçay), near Aspendos in Pamphylia in southern Anatolia. The foundations and several remnants (spolia) of the Roman structure were used by the Seljuqs to build a new bridge in the 13th century, the Köprüpazar Köprüsü, which stands to this day. The bridge is marked by a significant displacement of its course in the middle, following the ancient piers. Restoration works in the late 1990s in the bridge's crumbling breastwork also revealed stone inscriptions in Greek and Arabic.

km 90.0 - 92.3 km to go: junction for the road leading 3.5 km north to Aspendos (36° 56′ 20″ N, 31° 10′ 20″ E), the site of an ancient Pamphylian city, known for the best preserved ancient amphitheatre in the world, built in 155 A.D. by the architect Zenon, a native of the city, during the rule of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. In keeping with Hellenistic traditions, a small part of the theatre was built so that it leaned against the hill where the Citadel (Acropolis) stood. The remainder was built on vaulted arches.. With a diameter of 96 metres, the theatre provided seating for 15,000 people and is probably the finest ever built. The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival offers an annual season of productions in the theatre in the spring and early summer. Nearby stand the remains of a basilica, agora, nymphaeum and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) of a Roman aqueduct. Aspendos, an ancient city in Pamphylia, stood on the Eurymedon River 16 kilometres inland. It shared a border with, and was hostile to, Side. The Hittites recorded a city called Asitawanda, where they traded horses, which was probably the Bronze Age name of Aspendos. This suggests that, like Perge, Aspendos was established long before the Iron Age. Aspendos was one of the first cities to mint coins, first staters and later drachmas. The wide range of its coinage found throughout the ancient world indicates that, by the 5th century B.C., the Greek city had become the most important in Pamphylia. At that time the Eurymedon River was navigable as far as Aspendos, and the city derived great wealth from a trade in salt, oil, and wool. Aspendos continued to issue coins until the late Roman period. In 333 B.C., Aspendos paid Alexander the Great a levy to avoid being garrisoned. It ignored its agreements with him, and later was occupied. In 190 B.C. the city surrendered to the Romans, who pillaged it of its artistic treasures.  Aspendos went into decline towards the end of the Roman period. This decline continued throughout Byzantine times.

km 108.8 – 67.9 km to go: Sillyon (36° 59' 36" N , 30° 59' 24" E). According to one legend, the city was founded as a colony from Argos, while another holds that it was founded, along with Side and Aspendos, by the seers Mopsos, Calchas and Amphilochus after the Trojan War. In 333 BC, Alexander the Great is said to have unsuccessfully besieged it. Under the Byzantine Empire, the city rose to relative prominence. It is mentioned as the place where an Arab fleet was destroyed by a storm in late 677 or 678, after the unsuccessful Arab Siege of Constantinople.

The ruins of Sillyon/Syllaion date from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and partly Seljuk eras. There are the remains of city gates, a stadium, an amphitheatre and an odeon (some of which have tumbled because of a landslide), a temple, a water tower and a gymnasium. 

km 117.7 - 59 km to go Perge (36°57′41″N 30°51′14″E) : an ancient and important city of Pamphylia, between the rivers Catarrhactes and Cestrus, renowned for the worship of Artemis, whose temple stood on a hill outside the town, and in whose honour annual festivals were celebrated. Coins minted at Perge show the goddess and her temple. In 46 A.D., according to the Acts of the ApostlesSt. Paul journeyed to Perga, continued on to Antiocheia in Pisidia, then returned to Perga where he preached the word of God (Acts 14:25). Then he left and went to Attaleia. In the first half of the 4th century, during the reign of the Emperor Constantine (324-337), Perga became an important centre of Christianity, which became the official religion of the Roman Empire. St. Matrona of Perge of the 6th century was a female saint known for temporarily cross-dressing to avoid her abusive husband. Perga is today an archaeological site and a tourist attraction. The ruins include a theatre, a palæstra, a temple of Artemis and two churches. The temple of Artemis was located outside the town. Perga's most celebrated ancient inhabitant, the mathematician Apollonius (c.262 BC – c.190 BC), lived and worked there. He wrote a series of eight books describing a family of curves known as conic sections, comprising the circle, ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola.

km 130 – 47.6 km to go: Konyaaltı Beach (Konyaaltı Plaji): one of the two main beaches of Antalya, the other being Lara Beach. Located on the western side of the city, the beach stretches for 7 km from the cliffs to the Beydağları mountains. It is bound inwards by the beach park and numerous bars, cafes, nightclubs and hotels, including the Rixos Downtown Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Voyager Hotel). The 'Aqualand' waterpark along Dumlupınar Bulvarı is the other border.

km 120 – 57.7 km to go: Antalya: In 1st century BC the Pergamum king Attalus ordered his men to find the most beautiful piece of land on earth, which he called ‘heaven on earth’. Finding the area after a long search, hie men ar said to have declared ’This must be heaven' and King Attalus founded a city here, naming it Attaleia. When the Romans took over the Pergamene Kingdom, Attaleia became an outstanding Roman city which the great Roman Emperor Hadrian visited in 130 AD; an arch was built in his honour which is now worth seeing. Then came the Byzantines, after which the Seljuk Turks took over the city in 1207 and gave it a different name, Adalya, and built the Yivli Minaret. The Ottomans followed the Seljuks and finally within the Turkish Republic it became a Turkish city and an important port. Antalya has been growing rapidly since 1960. Today, the Antalya coast is sometimes referred to as the Turkish Riviera.

km 176.7 – stage finish Kemer: On the Gulf of Antalya, which has 53 km (33 mi) of coast against the backdrop of the western Taurus Mountains. Until the 1960s there was no road connection and the district was accessible only by boat. Quiet until the early 1980s, today Kemer and its coastal villages play an important part in tourism in Turkey. Kemer's 320 berth marina is an important winter berth for live-aboard sailors from the USA and Europe. Kemer was called Eski Köy (Old Village) until a 23 km (14 mi) long stone wall was built in 1916 - 1917 to channel the mountain stream water and protect the town from flooding. The name Kemer refers to those walls. Annual events include boat racing, the World Rally Championship, the Turkish Offshore Championship, the Turkish Motocross Championship, the Phaselis Art Festival and Kemer Carnival.



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