The road race can rightly be considered the hallmark of the country! Tour d’Azerbaidjan 2016 will be held on May 4-8.
The cycling race growing popularity was largely boosted by the serious organizational activity by the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Olympic Committee held with the assistance of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in 2013. Baku Synergy Cycling Project, which is among the favorites of the Tour, is also an important contributor in promoting cycling in Azerbaijan.
The first stage starts in Baku and finishes in 153.5 km in Sumqayit. This is a good chance for sprinters where they can decide the fate of the race on the last five laps.
The second stage is repeated for the fourth year and consists of 186.5 km distance from Baku to Ismayilly. Hilly route and strong wind.
The third stage is 177.2 km long running from Qabala to Oguzh in Sheki then back to Qabala. Stones on a site near the medieval Caravanserai can become a serious test for the riders.
The fourth stage is not very long, only 115.3 kilometers from Qabala to Pirqulu, but it features three climbs. A chance to win for mountain riders.
The fifth stage will be held in Baku: 158 km loop, then 3 laps of 13.6 km each, including sections of the cobblestones in the old town.