In April, it happened again. Alanya was the proud host of the annual Presidential bicycle tour. In recent years, Alanya was always the last stage of the tour; but this year Alanya could design the opening ceremony and was start of the Tour of Turkey.
25 teams with 194 riders started the race at the Red Tower of Alanya. Over several stages and days Istanbul was the target. The tour and especially the launch of the multi-day tour were broadcast live on TRT and EuroSport in 123 countries. The winner of the first stage, which led around Alanya was the Dutch Theo Bos, who won also the 8th stage in Istanbul. The winner of the race was the Bulgarian Ivailo Grabovski.