Vuelta a Murcia preview

The effects of the global economic crisis have impacted on Spain much more than most other countries and have forced the organisers of the Tour of Murcia – now more dependent on private funding – to progressively reduce the length of their race from five days in 2010, to three last year and now to two – a mountain-top finish and an individual time trial in the city of Murcia. The time trial is being financed by and named after Cash Europa. [If only – Ed.]

Taking part in this weekend’s 32nd edition of the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia – Trofeo Alfonzo Guzman – to give the race its full title – will be 19 teams composed of seven riders apiece, four of whom have ProTeam status: Movistar, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Rabobank and Vacansoleil-DCM. The remaining teams include two national squads from Spain and Russia.

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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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