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Tour of Turkey draws Giro-bound field

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Apr. 23, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 23, 2011 at 4:51 PM EDT

The Presidential Tour of Turkey has been around nearly half a century, but no one really paid much attention to it until about four years ago, when the UCI elevated its status and organizers up the ante to draw top teams.

This year’s 2.HC status has helped draw a top field field, including many top sprinters who are hoping to use the eight-day, 1,300km swing along Turkey’s spectacular Mediterranean Coast to hone their condition ahead of the Giro d’Italia.

Among those starting Sunday in Istanbul include Alessandro Pettachi (Lampre), Andre Greipel (Omega-Lotto), Manuel Belletti (Colnago-CSF Inox), Allan Davis (Astana), Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale), Jure Kocjan (TT1) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo).

The warm weather and good hotels seem to make up for the sometimes-rough roads, making Turkey an ideal spot to top up the form ahead of the Giro.

“”This is a good race for me to build some shape and tactic for the Giro”, Farrar said in an interview on the race web site. “It was either that race or the Tour of Romandy, but in Switzerland, the course is quite hard for a sprinter and I expect a little bit less stress in Turkey.”

Other riders are hoping that strong rides at Turkey will earn them a ticket to the Giro. Among those is up-and-comer Andrea Guardini. His bosses at Lampre said if he wins two stages, he’ll be heading to Torino. Farnese Vini-Neri’s sport’s director

“I’ve told him that he’ll get a start at the Giro d’Italia if he wins two stages in Turkey. Except Cavendish, the five best sprinters in the world will be present!” Shall he beat the likes of Alessandro Petacchi, Tyler Farrar, Andre Greipel and Allan Davis, Guardini would definitely take place in the small circle of the fastest road cyclists.

None of last year’s top-three ─ winner Giovanni Visconti, runner-up Tejay Van Garderen and David Moncoutie ─ are back to defend their podium places. Without a time trial, the race is often decided by breakaways in the race’s lone hilly stages around Pamukkale and Fethiye. Last year, Visconti beat back Van Garderen by 29 seconds.

There is an important North American presence in the bunch. Joining Garmin-Cervelo are Team Type 1 and Spidertech. Joining Farrar as likely North American starters are Timmy Duggan (Liquigas), Tom Peterson (Garmin) and the entire SpiderTech team, with Canadians Ryan Anderson, David Boily, Francois Parisien, Ryan Roth, Will Routley and Svein Tuft and Americans, Lucas Euser and Pat McCarty joining the Americans.

47th Tour of Turkey

(April 24-May 1)
Stage 1, April 24: Istanbul, 121km
Stage 2, April 25: Kusadasi to Turgutres, 181km
Stage 3, April 26: Bodrum to Marmaris, 166km
Stage 4, April 27: Marmaris to Pamukkale, 209km
Stage 5, April 28: Pamukkale to Fethiye, 221km
Stage 6, April 29: Fethiye to Finike, 194km
Stage 7, April 30: Tekirova to Manaygat, 135km
Stage 8, May 1: Side to Alanya, 160km

Startlist-Presidential Tour of Turkey

Fdj
Nacer Bouhanni, (FRA)
Sandy Casar, (FRA)
Francis Mourey, (FRA)
Rémi Pauriol, (FRA)
Thibaut Pinot, (FRA)
Anthony Roux, (FRA)
Wesley Sulzberger, (AUS)
Arthur Vichot, (FRA)

Lampre
Vitaliy Buts, (UKR)
Vitaliy Kondrut, (UKR)
Denys Kostyuk, (UKR)
Dmytro Krivtsov, (UKR)
Enrico Magazzini, (ITA)
Aitor Perez Arrieta, (ESP)
Alessandro Petacchi, (ITA)
Balint Szeghalmi, (HUN)

Omega Pharma-Lotto
Kenny De Haes, (BEL)
Jens Debusschere, (BEL)
André Greipel, (GER)
Adam Hansen, (AUS)
Olivier Kaisen, (BEL)
Vicente Reynes Mimo, (ESP)
Marcel Sieberg, (GER)
Sven Vandousselaere, (BEL)

Astana
Assan Bazayev, (KAZ)
Allan Davis, (AUS)
Alexsandr Dyachenko, (KAZ)
Valentin Iglinskiy, (KAZ)
Roman Kireyev, (KAZ)
Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy, (KAZ)
Sergey Renev, (KAZ)

Saxo Bank-Sungard
Manuele Boaro, (ITA)
Laurent Didier, (LUX)
Sebastian Haedo Lucas, (ARG)
Aaen JÖrgensen Jonas, (DEN)
Kasper Klostergaard Larsen, (DEN)
Gustav Larsson, (SWE)
Jaroslaw Marycz, (POL)
Matteo Tosatto, (ITA)

Garmin-Cervélo
Julian Dean, (NZL)
Tyler Farrar, (USA)
Antonio Fischer Murilo, (BRA)
Brett Lancaster, (AUS)
Cameron Meyer, (AUS)
Ramunas Navardauskas, (LTU)
Thomas Peterson, (USA)
Sep Vanmarcke, (BEL)

Veranda’s Willems – Accent
Steven Caethoven, (BEL)
Wim De Vocht, (BEL)
Jean-pierre Drucker, (LUX)
Rob Goris, (BEL)
Stefan Van Dijk, (NED)
Jurgen Van Goolen, (BEL)
Jacobus Venter, (RSA)
Evert Verbist, (BEL)

Spidertech P/b C10
Ryan Anderson, (CAN)
David Boily, (CAN)
Lucas Euser, (USA)
Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty, (USA)
Ryan Roth, (CAN)
Will Routley, (CAN)
Svein Tuft, (CAN)

Andalucia Caja Granada
Jose Alberto Benitez Roman, (ESP)
Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol, (ESP)
Antonio Cabello Baena, (ESP)
Valle Juan Jose Lobato Del, (ESP)
Manuel Ortega Ocana, (ESP)
Adrian Palomares Villaplana, (ESP)
Jose Luis Roldan Carmona, (ESP)
Eloy Ruiz Pinto, (ESP)

Caja Rural
Oleg Chuzhda, (UKR)
Aitor Galdos Alonso, (ESP)
Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel, (ESP)
Ruben Martinez, (ESP)
Diego Milan Jimenez, (ESP)
Arturo Mora Ortiz, (ESP)
Ruben Reig Conejero, (ESP)
Alexander Riabkin, (RUS)

Cofidis
Yohan Bagot, (FRA)
Florent Barle, (FRA)
Nicolas Edet, (FRA)
Julien Fouchard, (FRA)
Kevin Ista, (BEL)
Damien Monier, (FRA)
Nicolas Vogondy, (FRA)
Romain Zingle, (BEL)

Liquigas- Cannondale
Francesco Bellotti, (ITA)
Timothy Duggan, (USA)
Jacopo Guarnieri, (ITA)
Juraj Sagan, (SVK)
Elia Viviani, (ITA)
Cameron Wurf, (AUS)

Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli
Alessandro Bisolti, (ITA)
Diego Caccia, (ITA)
Elia Favilli, (ITA)
Oscar Gatto, (ITA)
Andrea Guardini, (ITA)
Takashi Miyazawa, (JPN)
Andrea Noe, (ITA)

Netapp
Jan Barta, (CZE)
Eric Baumann, (GER)
Steven Cozza, (USA)
Montes Jesus Del Nero, (ESP)
Bartosz Huzarski, (POL)
Leopold Konig, (CZE)
Andreas Schillinger, (GER)
Timon Seubert, (GER)

Colnago-CSF
Manuel Belletti, (ITA)
Marco Frapporti, (ITA)
Paolo Locatelli, (ITA)
Omar Lombardi, (ITA)
Sacha Modolo, (ITA)
Angelo Pagani, (ITA)
Andrea Pasqualon, (ITA)
Andrea Piechele, (ITA)

Ceramica Flaminia-De Rosa
Filippo Baggio, (ITA)
Cristiano Benenati, (ITA)
Giorgio Brambilla, (ITA)
Sergio Lagana, (ITA)
Damiano Margutti, (ITA)
Michele Merlo, (ITA)
Fabio Piscopiello, (ITA)

Androni Giocattoli
Luca Barla, (ITA)
Omar Bertazzo, (ITA)
Riccardo Chiarini, (ITA)
Giairo Ermeti, (ITA)
Roberto Ferrari, (ITA)
Francesco Ginanni, (ITA)
Antonio Santoro, (ITA)
Luca Solari, (ITA)

Skil-Shimano
Thomas Bonnin, (FRA)
Robin Chaigneau, (NED)
Yukihiro Doi, (JPN)
Feng Han, (CHN)
Yann Huguet, (FRA)
Albert Timmer, (NED)
Kenny Robert Van Hummel, (NED)
Ronan Van Zandbeek, (NED)

Team Type1
Rubens Bertogliati, (SUI)
Laszlo Bodrogi, (FRA)
Alexander Efimkin, (RUS)
Andrea Grendene, (ITA)
Valeriy Kobzarenko, (UKR)
Jure Kocjan, (SLO)
Martijn Verschoor, (NED)

Cafe De Colombia
Juan Pablo Forero Carreno, (COL)
Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez, (COL)
Carlos Andres Martinez Montero, (COL)
Hector Leonardo Paez Leon, (COL)
Jarlinson Pantano, (COL)
Victor Hugo Pena Grisales, (COL)
Hugo Sebastian Salazar Castaneda, (COL)
Juan Villegas, (COL)

Konya Torku Seker Spor
Evgeni Gerganov, (BUL)
Mirac Kal, (TUR)
Eyup Karagobek, (TUR)
Vladimir Koev, (BUL)
Daniel Petrov, (BUL)
Mustafa Sayar, (TUR)
Serhat Sert, (TUR)
Svetoslav Tchanliev Kirilov, (BUL)

Manisaspor Cycling
Ahmet Akdylek, (TUR)
Andi Bajc, (SLO)
Marek Canecky, (SVK)
Gabor Kasa, (SRB)
Dean Podgornik, (SLO)
Tadej Valjavec, (SLO)
Bünyamin Özdemir, (TUR)

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