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by Matt de Neef
October 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dan McLay wins the Tour de l’Eurometropole; Luis Leon Sanchez solos to victory at the GP Bruno Beghelli; Giovanni Visconti takes solo win at the Giro dell’Emilia; Davide Rebellin wins the Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen … at 46; French amateur caught using a motor in Cat 3 race; Esteban Chaves to miss Lombardia defence after breaking shoulderblade; Simon Clarke re-signs with Slipstream Sports through 2020; Teams announced for Tour of Turkey, WorldTour status likely in jeopardy; Team Sky reveals 2016 budget of £31 million.
The Tour of Turkey has moved from April to October this year as part of a promotion to the WorldTour. But it would seem the event will struggle to remain at that level beyond this season, having attracted just four WorldTour teams to the startline.
Astana, Bora-Hansgrohe, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates will take to the start in Alanya on October 10, alongside a host of Pro Continental teams and a Turkish national team.
The UCI has previously made it clear that new WorldTour events that struggle to attract 10 WorldTour teams will lose their place in the sport’s top tier for the following season. There are suggestions the race was likely to return to 2.HC level in 2018 anyhow. The race has struggled to attract big teams in recent years due to security concerns within Turkey.
The teams racing the 2017 edition of the Presidential Tour of Turkey are:
Astana Pro Team
UAE Team Emirates
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Gazprom – Rusvelo
Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team
WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
Turkish National Team