Tour of Turkey monster climb tougher than Mont Ventoux, Angliru and Zoncolan

Mount Babadağ is heaven for paragliders and hell for cyclists

Aerial map of Babadag mountain with mountain profile embedded
(Image credit: Strava/LaFlammeRouge)

On Tuesday afternoon, the peloton at the Tour of Turkey will scale one of the hardest climbs ever featured in a professional bike race. 

Mount Babadağ - which towers over the Mediterranean sea at almost 2,000m altitude - will host the finale of the race’s third stage, following two days contested in sprints.

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism. 

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