The 3rd and 4th stages of the International Presidential Cycling Tour 2021 took place in Alanya. The traffic in the city center was temporarily blocked.
Both stages were won by the Briton from the Belgian team Deceuninck-Quick-Step Mark Cavendish. He covered the distance of 212.6 km in 5 hours 10 minutes 34 seconds in the 3rd stage and 184.4 km in 4 hours 9 minutes 38 seconds in the 4th stage.
Mark Cavendish is known as the “fastest man on two wheels” and entered the competition for the first time in 2014, on its 50th anniversary.
The presidential race has been held annually for over half a century. The only time it was canceled was in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, like all large-scale events. For the first time the race was held in 1965 and was called “Marmara bike tour”. One of its goals was to showcase the natural beauty of Turkey to the world. So, several stages of the bike tour are traditionally held on the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Since 2009, the race has been broadcast live on the most famous sports channels around the world.
This year, 25 teams will have to cover 1209.8 km. Due to weather conditions, the first stage of the bicycle race, 167.3 km long, was moved from the planned route Nevsehir – Cappadocia to a distance of 72.4 km along the Konya – Konya route. There are 8 stages in the cycle tour, the last of which will end on April 18 in Kusadasi.
The Presidential Cycling Race will be watched by about 3 billion viewers from around the world, thanks to the coverage of the event by Eurosports and TRT Spor TV channels.