Tour of Oman preview

Following swiftly on from the Tour of Qatar, the Tour of Oman further expands cycling’s geographical and commercial boundaries in the Middle East, provides the peloton with more racing in a temperate climate and furnishes a parcours  – and geography  – in stark contrast to sandy Qatar. In only its third edition, the Tour of Qatar will again play host to some of the cycling world’s biggest stars such as former winner Fabian Cancellara, and former stage winners Matt Goss and Mark Cavendish.
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Cycling Families: Velits twins

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Continuing our series on cycling families, we’re turning our attention to the Slovakian Velits twins – Peter and Martin – who are riding this season for Omega Pharma-Quick Step and took part in this week’s Challenge Mallorca. The boys have always ridden on the same teams but one doesn’t get the feeling that they’re joined at the hip. Arguably, Peter is the better time-triallist and stage racer while Martin – who’s a few centimetres taller and a few kilos heavier – is more of a classics guy.

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Tour of Qatar preview

In its desire to expand both its geographical and commercial boundaries in recent years, cycling has never been afraid to break new ground. As virgin territories go, they don’t come any richer than Qatar, the country with both the highest GDP per capita and the highest economic growth rate of any nation on Earth. Although the Tour of Qatar does not hold WorldTour status, it will nonetheless welcome many of the pro peloton’s biggest stars to its 11th edition, with a particular emphasis on elite sprinters.
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