The final stage of the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey took place on Sunday in Istanbul with 150 cyclists from 21 teams competing. The 124 kilometer-long stage started at Sultanahmet Square in the historic peninsula at 10:00 a.m. local time. The cyclists returned to the same area for the finish after going through Karakoy, Kabatas and Dolmabahce districts. They also crossed the Bosphorus Bridge, which connects Europe and Asia.
Croatian cyclist Kristijan Durasek, racing for Lampre-Merida, has won the 124-kilometer stage in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 3 seconds, beating British cyclist Mark Cavendish and Spanish racer Carlos Barbero Cuesta at the finish line by a hair's length. He has also won the 51st Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. He completed the tour in 31 hours, 6 minutes and 44 seconds.
The eight-day event started last Sunday in Alanya district in southern Antalya and ended in Istanbul, after crossing Mugla, Denizli and Izmir provinces. The competitors pedaled for over 1,250 kilometers in total.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was at the finish line to present the winners with awards in a special ceremony. “Our most important target is to make people love cycling here in Turkey," he said.