2016 Tour of Iran preview

As one Asia Tour race draws to a close in Southeast Asia,  another one starts 8’000 kilometres to the northwest – and it doesn’t take long to realise the Tour of Banyuwangi Ijen and Tour of Iran are as different as they are far apart.

2013 Tour of Iran stage 3

OFF THE BACK

By the time this post goes live, the second stage of the 31st Tour of Iran (Azarbaijan) will be just about over; unfortunately, the information vacuum that often envelopes UCI Asia Tour events has been in full effect this time around.

With the great support of one particularly helpful individual however, Cycling iQ received the race manual and other documentation today (Saturday). So, rather than post a full race preview, here are the important points. [Some background on the Tour of Iran can be found in the 2012 race preview, for anyone who’s interested.]

TEAMS AND START LIST

2016 Tour of Iran teams table

2016 Tour of Iran start list 13052016

LEADER’S JERSEYS
Four jerseys will be awarded at the conclusion of each stage:

Leader of General Classification – Gold
Leader of Points Classification – Green
Leader of King of the Mountains (KOM) Classification – Red
Leader of Best Asian Rider Classification – White

PRIZE MONEY
The total prize pool is USD110’000. Half of this amount is allocated to stage place-getters 1 through 20 receive, who will receive anywhere from USD3’500 to USD100, respectively. Here’s the breakdown of what classification winners will take home (though technically, it is still taxable income):

Overall winner (individual) = USD10’500
Overall winner (individual, Asian) = USD1’000
Overall team = USD10’000
Overall KOM = USD3’000
Overall Points = USD3,000
Stage winner = USD3’500

MEDIA OUTREACH
Official website? Check. Twitter and Facebook? Regrettably not; but don’t let that stop you from visiting the Cycling Federation of Iran’s website for updates – CFI is notably more active than many of its online counterparts – as well as the various media used by teams such as Drapac, Christina Jewelry Pro Cycling, Team IlluminateAmplatz – BMC and the like. Cycling iQ will be receiving daily stage results and will endeavour to get them up on Twitter asap.

If you’re still curious and want to delve into local coverage, Google the race in Farsi:  ه تور دوچرخه سواری بین المللی ایران – آذربایجان

RESULTS
Stage 1 official results sheet (PDF)
Stage 2 official results sheet (PDF)
Stage 3 official results sheet (PDF)
Stage 4 official results sheet (PDF)
Stage 5 official results sheet (PDF)
Stage 6 official results sheet (PDF)

STAGES AND PROFILES

2016 Tour of Iran map

 

Stage 1 | Tabriz – Urmia, 162.4 Km
Friday, 13 May 2016 (starts 10:00 local time)

2016 Tour of Iran stage 1

 

Stage 2 | Urmia – Aras Free Zone, 209.4 Km
Saturday, 14 May 2016 (starts 10:00 local time)

2016 Tour of Iran stage 2

 

Stage 3 | Aras Free Zone – Tabriz, 139.9 Km
Sunday, 15 May 2016 (starts 10:00 local time)

2016 Tour of Iran stage 3

 

Stage 4 | Tabriz – Sarein, 198.2 Km
Monday, 16 May 2016 (starts 10:00 local time)

2016 Tour of Iran stage 4

 

Stage 5 | Sarein – Sahand, 181.3 Km
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 (starts 10:00 local time)

2016 Tour of Iran stage 5

 

Stage 6 | Tabriz, 181.3 Km
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 (starts 10:00 local time)

2016 Tour of Iran stage 6

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