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Tour d'Azerbaidjan 2018 Announced as New One-Day Race is Launched

UCI 2.1 Race Returns, 9-13th May with new one-day UCI 1.1 Baku-Khizi Eco set for 8th May 2018.

(23.02.2018) Now heading into its seventh edition, the Tour of Azerbaidjan returns for 2018, and continues to attract a host of the world's top teams. The Cycling Federation of Azerbaijan is proud to announce that the UCI 2.1 Tour d’Azerbaidjan stage race will once again grace the roads of Azerbaijan between 9 and 13 May 2018, starting and finishing in the Azeri capital, Baku.

Since its inaugural edition back in 2012, then called the U23 Heydar Aliyev Anniversary Tour, the race evolved into the Tour d’Azerbaidjan from 2013, to the present day, with past winners including Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT – 2017) Markus Eibegger (AUT – 2016) Primož Roglič (SLO – 2015) and Ilnur Zakarin (2014 – RUS).

“Last year we saw another great spectacle at the Tour of Azerbaidjan, showcasing our beautiful country, and we're proud to continue building on its success as it becomes a regular and recognized event in the UCI calendar,” said Sahib Alakbarov, 1st Vice President of Azerbaijan Cycling Federation and member of the UEC Management Board.

“Various sporting events have helped to showcase Azerbaijan over the past years, and this race continues to put our nation in front of a worldwide audience, while entertaining and educating spectators globally. The success of this race is a result of the hard work of the Baku Cycling Project and we hope that the Tour d’Azerbaidjan will help to continue to grow the sport here in Azerbaijan and to inspire the next generation of Azeri champions.”

The race organisation is in the process of securing yet another international field for this year’s edition, setting up another exciting race. The teams currently confirmed to line-up in Baku on 9th May include the Italian Pro Continental teams, Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia and Nippo - Vini Fantini, the American outfit Team Illuminate, My Bike - Stevens team of double stage winner Matej Mugerli, and of course, Synergy Baku Cycling Project.

The General Secretary of the Federation, Farhad Aliyev, also gave his remarks on this year's race. "We’re very pleased to once again be bringing international racing to the people of Azerbaijan for what's now a seventh year running, something that symbolises the strength and stability of our race. The Cycling Federation of Azerbaijan will once again strive to ensure a well-organized event which can continue to attract viewers from around the world, and we look forward to watching the racing unfold once again this May.”

Baku-Khizi Eco UCI 1.1
A day before the start of the 2018 Tour of Azerbaidjan, a new one-day race will roll out, with the UCI 1.1 Baku-Khizi Eco set to captivate the Azeri capital on 8th May.

The new one-day race will start from the capital city, Baku, before heading towards the town of Khizi, one that has seen recent strong growth in its tourism. The race will then finish in the village of Gizilgazma, situated 1300m above sea level.

A full list of teams and riders will be announced in due course, together with full routes and also further details on the new one-day race in the calendar.