Today, I am interrupting the sequence of my blogs for up-to-the-minute news.
The view of the 47th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey from my apartment.
I decided there was a better view from the street.
Crowds wait at the finish to cheer in the winners.
Only 300 metres to go!
I went down to the street to catch the action, and then, when they were on their final loop, I carried on down to the sea front to watch the end of the race.
At the 200 metre mark, Tyler Farrar was leading
Andrea Guardini came through to win.
The last contestants race to the finish.
The President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül was there to hand out the various prizes. Andrea Guardini of Italy won this first stage, Tyler Farrar (USA) was second, and Kenny Robert Van Hummel (NI) was third. The end of the race was very exciting, as it looked as if Tyler Farrar was going to win, but Andrea Guardini came out of nowhere and beat him to the tape.
The President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, congratulates the winner
Andrea Guardini is elated
The first three past the post
The green, white and turquoise jerseys are presented
the President drove home down our street, and past our apartment.