Tour of Azerbaijan (Iran)

Tour of Azerbaijan (Iran), also known as the Tour of Iranian Azerbaijan or Azerbaijan Tour is an annual multiple stage road bicycle racing held in Iran since 1986, named after Iranian Azerbaijan. It is a UCI 2.1 category race and is part of the UCI Asia Tour. Tour of Iran (Azerbaijan) is the most prestigious cycling tour in Iran and it is the oldest standing cycling tour in Asia and Middle East.

Tour of Azerbaijan (Iran)
Tour of Iran Azerbaijan 2016.jpg
Race details
DateOctober
RegionIranian Azerbaijan
English nameTour of Azerbaijan (Iran)
Local name(s)تور دوچرخه‌سواری بین‌المللی آذربایجان (in Persian)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Asia Tour 2.1 (as of 2016)
TypeStage race (Grand Tour)
OrganiserCycling Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Web sitewww.tourofiran.com Edit this at Wikidata
History
First edition1986; 35 years ago (1986)
Editions34 (as of 2019)
First winner Mohammad Reza Bajoul (IRI)
Most wins Ghader Mizbani (IRI) (7 wins)
Most recent Savva Novikov (RUS)
Tour of Azerbaijan Tabriz 2016.jpg
Tour of Iran (Azerbaijan) 2016, Stage 6: Northern Highway of Tabriz, Road 14 (Iran).

The tour routes commences from Tabriz the largest city in Iranian Azerbaijan and it passes through Lake Urmia, Urmia, Jolfa, Meshginshahr, Sareyn and Kaleybar, and then it finishes at Tabriz.

HistoryEdit

Tour of Azerbaijan (Iran) established on 1986 by Asghar Khodayari and Akbar Goharkhani with the name of Tour de Urmia Lake. The stages of the tour were modified several times. In 2010 one stage of the tour was held in Nakhichevan, an autonomous republic of Azerbaijan. In 2013 Azerbaijan International Cycling Tour was renamed to Tour of Azerbaijan (Iran).[1]

In 2016 for the first time a cycling team from the United States, Team Illuminate, announced to participate in the race. They said they want to show "how cycling can connect people".[2]

The 32nd edition of the tour rescheduled from May to October to avoid coincidence with Iran's presidential election. The authority of the tour announced that the schedule of the following years will be on May as usual.

Past winnersEdit

Year First place Second place Third place
Tour of Azerbaijan
1986   Mohammad Reza Bajool (IRN)   Davoud Zeynali (IRN)   Abdolqasem Rahmaniyan (IRN)
1987   Mohammad Reza Bajool (IRN)   Hassan Milani (IRN)   Ahad Pourniyazi (IRN)
1988   Mohammad Reza Bajool (IRN)   Akbar Amjadi (IRN)   Mehran Safarzadeh (IRN)
1989   Hossein Mahmoudi (IRN)   Mostafa Chaychi (IRN)   Alireza Zangiabadi (IRN)
1990   Hossein Mahmoudi (IRN)   Abas Ismaili (IRN)   Alireza Zangiabadi (IRN)
1991   Tamer Avral (TUR)   Ayhan Aytakin (TUR)   Jamal Sheykhooni (SYR)
1992   Hassan Sharifzadeh (IRN)   Khosrow Qamari (IRN)   Hussain Eslami (IRN)
1993   Kasta Kolov (TKM)   Majid Vafaei (IRN)   Azari (IRN)
1994   Dmitrij Katmakov (TKM)   Majid Sheyk (SYR)   Manis Shabloni (ARM)
1995   Yurij Chekov (KAZ)   Valery Tityev (KGZ)   Hossein Askari (IRN)
1996   Sergej Belousov (KAZ)   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)   Kosonov (KAZ)
1997   Andrey Mizurov (KAZ)   Valery Titiyov (KAZ)   Sergej Belousov (KAZ)
1998   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Andrej Kashin (KAZ)
1999   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)   Hossein Askari (IRN)   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)
2000   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Hossein Maleki (IRN)   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)
2001   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)   Hossein Askari (IRN)   Vazgen Golijaniyan (ARM)
2002   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Mert Mutlu (TUR)   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)
2003   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)   Mehdi Sohrabi (IRN)   Pawel Novdak (TUR)
2004   Alexey Kolessov (KAZ)   Mostafa Rezaei Khormizi (IRN)   Mert Mutlu (TUR)
2005   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)   Omar Hasanein (SYR)
2006   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)   Mostafa Rezaei Khormizi (IRN)
2007   Hossein Askari (IRN)   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Rahim Ememi (IRN)
2008   Hossein Askari (IRN)   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)
2009   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)   Hossein Askari (IRN)   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)
2010   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Amir Zargari (IRN)   Hossein Askari (IRN)
2011   Mehdi Sohrabi (IRN)   Hossein Askari (IRN)   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)
2012   Javier Ramírez (ESP)   Abbas Saedi Tanha (IRN)   Hossein Askari (IRN)
Tour of Iran (Azarbaijan)
2013   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Milan Kadlec (CZE)   Amir Kolahdozhagh (IRN)
2014   Ghader Mizbani (IRN)   Samad Pourseyedi (IRN)   Ramin Mehrabani (IRN)
2015   Samad Pourseyedi (IRN)   Rahim Ememi (IRN)   Ramin Mehrabani (IRN)
2016   Samad Pourseyedi (IRN)   Ahad Kazemi (IRN)   Rahim Ememi (IRN)
2017   Rob Ruijgh (NED)   Ilya Davidenok (KAZ)   Nicola Toffali (ITA)
2018   Dmitry Sokolov (RUS)   Meron Abraham (ERI)   Venantas Lašinis (LTU)
2019   Savva Novikov (RUS)   Cristian Raileanu (MDA)   Youcef Reguigui (ALG)

Multiple winnersEdit

Number of wins Rider Country Years
7 Ghader Mizbani   IRN 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014
5 Ahad Kazemi   IRN 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2009
3 Mohammad Reza Bajool   IRN 1986, 1987, 1988
2 Hossein Mahmoudi   IRN 1989, 1990
Hossein Askari   IRN 2007, 2008
Samad Pourseyedi   IRN 2015, 2016

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Azerbaijan Tour". Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/team-illuminate-will-be-first-us-squad-in-tour-of-iran/

External linksEdit