The Tour of Antalya, a four-stage race scheduled to take place in Turkey, has been cancelled following a catastrophic earthquake in the country.
In a statement shared on Twitter (opens in new tab), the race organisers said: “TOUR OF ANTALYA powered by AKRA, the international cycling race planned to be held between 9-12 February 2023, has been cancelled.
“We wish God’s mercy to our citizens who lost their lives, condolences to their relatives, urgent healing to the injured and thank you for your understanding.”
In the early hours of Monday morning, a 7.8 magnitude quake struck near the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep. A second earthquake, similar in magnitude, then occurred at around 10:30am GMT.
At the time of writing, the death toll in both Turkey and neighbouring Syria has surpassed 1,400 people.
The Tour of Antalya, a 2.1-level race, was first added to the cycling calendar in 2018, and has missed just one edition since, when it was called off in 2021 due to Covid-19. The most recent edition was won by Uno-X’s Jacob Hindsgaul in February 2022.
American team Human Powered Health, who were down to compete in Antalya later this week, responded to the race’s cancellation on Twitter, writing: “A beautiful race, a beautiful country. We send our thoughts to the people of Turkey at this time of national tragedy.”
Eolo-Kometa also voiced their condolences, wishing all families affected by the earthquake “the greatest of strength”.
It is uncertain if the race will be rescheduled for a later date.
ÇOK ÜZGÜNÜZ!9-12 Şubat tarihleri arasında düzenlenmesi planlanmış olan TOUR OF ANTALYA powered by AKRA organizasyonu iptal edilmiştir.WE ARE VERY SAD! TOUR OF ANTALYA powered by AKRA, the international cycling race planned to be held between 9-12February, has been cancelled. pic.twitter.com/6Xokq1CYeVFebruary 6, 2023