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Old 02-02-13, 13:22
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True, but Oman is a different race than Qatar.

Pisti has a point in his post and for once I have to agree with him. Classic riders love it, because if there is enough wind than it's a real tough mens race.

Stage 4 from last year was pretty damn good! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_5Q8sQumrc
Certainly. It's unfairly labeled as a snoozefest by people just looking at the profiles.
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Old 02-02-13, 13:23
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True, but Oman is a different race than Qatar.

Pisti has a point in his post and for once I have to agree with him. Classic riders love it, because if there is enough wind than it's a real tough mens race.

Stage 4 from last year was pretty damn good! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_5Q8sQumrc
I know, but 6 stages of echelons is a bit too much IMO. It's like Eneco Tour in overdrive. Oman offers a bit more variety.
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Old 02-02-13, 13:26
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I know, but 6 stages of echelons is a bit too much IMO. It's like Eneco Tour in overdrive. Oman offers a bit more variety.
Can't remember the last time the Eneco Tour had echelons. Eneco Tour resembles the Tour of Oman more.

Normal sprint stages + 1 decisive stage(usually the Ardennes stage, but this year the cobbled hill stage) + time trial.
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Old 02-02-13, 13:30
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Did they clone Mur de Huy three times and stack them on top of the existing hill?

Wait, but even then they would climb it with 80km to go.
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Shouldn't this be live on Eurosport? Can't find anything about it.
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Shouldn't this be live on Eurosport? Can't find anything about it.
Not this time.
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Shouldn't this be live on Eurosport? Can't find anything about it.
Some sort of contractual issue means ASO haven't taken it apparently, so not on Eurosport. It is on Al Jazeera Sports so should be available 'somewhere'

Really looking forward to this race. A real test for Omega/Cav. Degenkolb to inflict the first round of Germanic pain on The Missile?
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Old 02-02-13, 18:01
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Haussler saying first stage should be the most selective of all, wind predictions are highest for it. Then for the rest are quite mild, but it's just a forecast for now.
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Old 02-02-13, 19:39
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how is modolo in with handling these winds, maybe still has alot to learn.

degenkolb stands out as someone that should go well here.
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Old 02-02-13, 20:49
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You wont get athletes without the races and above all you wont get races without money.
I disagree. If the UCI really cares about cycling they set up a program with the national cycling federations of all these countries to develop talent. Infrastructure in sport is very important. Once you've really helped a country sportwise you can set up some nice races and make cycling grow in a non-traditonal cycling area.

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Qatar has a warm climate, but unlike your precious TDU it's not TOO WARM.
Qatar is only a few hours difference with Europe, unlike your precious TDU. You won't feel the jetlag.
Qatar is raced HARD because of the echelons, unlike the TDU which is boring. An uphill sprint on Willunga hill doesn't change that.
In Qatar the big names like Cancellara, Boonen, Cavendish, etc race to win. In the TDU they barely do anything.
Qatar didn't pay MILLIONS for Lance Armstrong to come to their event, TDU did.
Qatar has been the ideal preparation for the spring classics for years now. Much better preparation race than the TDU. Results don't lie.

Without loads of money the Tour Down Under would be nowhere. At least Qatar didn't buy WT status. They let the race grow over the years. Now teams come to them asking for invitations, not the other way around.
Some fair points, but I do not care much about the TDU as well. It's just that Australia has produced some excellent cyclists, so they deserve 'home' races. Same for the USA and even Canada to a lesser extent. Snoozefest is not the course particularly, but more so the atmosphere. Everything about racing there is plastic, like a party full of people with smiles painted on.
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