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American riders staying calm in Turkey despite visa and political tensions

by CyclingTips

Although the granting of visas between the United States and Turkey has been suspended, the American riders in the Presidential Tour of Turkey were able to enter the country in time to take part in the race. VeloNews has spoken to them about that situation and also the regional turmoil.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I’m a proud American, but I’m not showing off too much right now,” said Chris Butler, a South Carolinian who lives in Spain and races for Spanish team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

Butler is visiting Turkey for the first time. Despite a risk of being sent home just hours before a blanket ban fell on Americans, he was able to buy his visa on landing. “Because I was rolling with a Spanish entourage, it may have been easier,” Butler said.

“I have raced in a lot of crazy places: Israel, all over Asia. At the moment, it is not too crazy here and let’s keep it that way.

“Normally, I just think about racing my bike but there is a one percent chance for something crazy to happen. I am careful about what I do. I don’t give them a reason to throw me in jail. I just keep quiet and go with the flow.”

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