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.


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.]


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

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

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Stage winner = USD3 500

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 Illuminate, Amplatz 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: ? ??? ?????? ????? ??? ?????? ????? ?????????

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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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