Tour of Turkey queen stage summit finish shortened due to 'extreme weather'

Videos from the finish line show heavy snowfall has made it impossible to scale the full 16km final climb

Tour of Turkey 2019 stage five (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Race organisers have shortened the queen stage of the 2019 Tour of Turkey by 5.5km due to heavy snow falling on the summit finish.

Stage five was set to conclude with riders scaling the 16km Kartepe, but will now only ride the first 10.5km. The steepest parts of the climb, which top out at a gradient of 12 per cent, will not be affected.

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