Azerbaijan, Ismayilli, May 2 / Trend J. Alakbarov /
The cyclist of Turkey's 'Torku Shekersport' team Sergey Grechin became the winner of the second phase of 'Tour d'Azerbaidjan' international cycle tour dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the national leader Heydar Aliyev.
The second phase of the cycle tour started at the bike park near 'Shikhovo beach in Baku and continued in 'Baku- Gobustan-Shamakhi-Ismayilli' direction. Athletes, traveling 183 kilometers, finished in front of Ismayilli Olympic complex.
The second place was taken by the athlete of 'Synergy Baku Cycling Project' Alexander Surudkovich, and the 3rd - the cyclist of Kazakhstan's 'Astana' team Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev.
Tour d'Azerbaidjan started on "May 1 and will continue till May 5. The competition being held at 5 phases involves 25 teams, including 17 continental and 6 national ones, and 2 clubs.
The third phase will take place on May 3 on the Gabala-Oguz-Sheki-Oguz-Gabala (165 km) route. The fourth phase will continue on May 4 through the Gabala-Shamakhi course. Cyclists, passing 116 kilometres, will finish in front of the training centre building of the Taxes Ministry of Azerbaijan, near the observatory in Pirgulu, located at an altitude of about 1450 metres above sea level.
The final phase of the race with length of 144 km will start on May 5 in Azadlig Square, Baku, and will pass the central streets and avenues of Baku and ending after 12 laps.
The international cycling race is widely covered on TV channels Eurosport, Eurosport-2 and others. To this end, employees of about 40 television channels have been sent to Azerbaijan on this cover the event.