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by Mark Zalewski
March 31, 2017
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The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, originally scheduled for April, will be postponed to 10-15 October, 2017. The UCI Professional Cycling Council (PCC) met on 21 March in Brussels, Belgium, and agreed to the request by the event organiser.
Turmoil in the country has made it difficult for the race to attract top teams, and since it was elevated to WorldTour status this year, the race must have at least 10 WorldTour teams to remain at that level. Only two teams participated in 2016.
Lotto-Soudal manager Marc Sergeant said he was wary of sending a team in 2016 due to the potential danger, and even went himself. “It was quite deliberate because I was not going to put the riders on a plane there and not go myself.”
Since then political unrest and terrorist acts have increased in the country.
“The announcement of new dates follows a postponement of the event from its scheduled date in April, and comes with the confirmation of the continued full support of the Turkish Government and the race organisation to the success of this longstanding event,” a UCI statement said.