The opening phase of the Tour of Turkey has been cancelled right after significant snow covered the elevated hills in between Nevşehir and Ürgüp in central Turkey that were due to host Sunday’s initially stage.
Riders awoke to hefty snow falls on Saturday and with extra wintery circumstances predicted, race organisers had been forced to terminate the stage.
The 167.3km phase was owing to climb up to 1400 metres 5 times from a get started stage of 1200m just before ending in Ürgüp but the temperature conditions designed racing extremely hard.
The race caravan will now transfer southwest to Konya in the hope the weather enhances. Nonetheless phase 2 also starts at an altitude of 1000 metres, with climbs reaching 1480 metres.
As a substitute of racing, riders took to indoor trainers to keep their legs turning.
The 2020 edition of the race was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even so this 12 months the race was set to contain eight stages, with a blend of hilly stages and sprint alternatives.
The 2021 edition has attracted 3 WorldTeams: Astana-Leading Tech, Deceuninck-QuickStep and Israel Start-Up Country, with Fabio Jakobsen generating his return to racing following his terrible Tour de Pologne crash alongside Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Mark Cavendish.
Amid the 14 ProTeams are Alpecin-Fenix, Bingoal WB, B&B Resorts p/b KTM, Delko, Rally Biking and Staff Novo Nordisk. Among the 8 Continental teams is a European stop for US-centered Wildlife Technology Professional Biking.
Owing to heavy snow, the opening phase in the @tourofturkeyTUR is cancelled.It snowed 48 several hours non-halt, masking the region of Nevsehir with centimeters of snow.The race will now commence on Monday.#tur2021 #yallaisn pic.twitter.com/Wklomoa4dGApril 10, 2021