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Old 01-08-13, 08:32
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from today's gazzetta dello sport

dubai tour: 20-23 february 2014, organized by rcs sport



basically 3 races now in february in the middle east.

3 races in row in february Qatar-Oman-Dubai? so hopefully Oman will not clash with Dubai
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from today's gazzetta dello sport

dubai tour: 20-23 february 2014, organized by rcs sport

4 stages
one individual time trial
one team time trial
a stage for sprinters
a hilly stage

basically 3 races now in february in the middle east.
well, can't hammer the 4 flat sprinter stages anymore. Is this a precursor to cycling champions league concept?
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Old 01-08-13, 10:06
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Is this a precursor to cycling champions league concept?
I am afraid it is.
Two time trials in 4 days, WTF?!
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Old 01-08-13, 10:13
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also iirc they dont' bring time trial bikes to oman and qatar right?
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I am afraid it is.
Two time trials in 4 days, WTF?!
we are headed in the wrong direction rather quickly.
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Old 01-08-13, 12:01
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also iirc they dont' bring time trial bikes to oman and qatar right?
i'm sure the sheikhs won't mind paying for the transport.
By the way a 4 day race with 2 time trial is just horrible
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Old 01-08-13, 12:13
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Absolutely thrilling news. I was just as excited when I heard that Dubai are hosting the World Cup in the future. More and more of the traditional "real" bike races disappear or have their schedule and format changed completely and now we have another flat race through the desert. I suppose China will announce another new one soon. Well it is Dubai, they will probably build a mountain.
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Old 01-08-13, 12:25
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yup this is all pathetic.

the people managing this stuff is insane. cycling will die as soon as it leaves it's traditional countries. and if they want to branch out then use countries that actually care about cycling like Colombia.
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Calm down guys. As far as I know it's only a 1.HC race and with Qatar and Oman having 1.HC races it's right that Dubai get there chance too.

Also since they are including a hilly stage which according to the article will be near the Border with Oman (Probably in the Al Ain area) and with RCS helping to organize, there would be a reasonable selection.

UAE does have the terrain to organize a reasonably exciting short stage race, and hopefully it will develop further.
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Old 01-08-13, 17:29
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yup this is all pathetic.

the people managing this stuff is insane. cycling will die as soon as it leaves it's traditional countries. and if they want to branch out then use countries that actually care about cycling like Colombia.
Just like it killed F1?

Oh wait.

There was all sorts of moaning when Oman was set up but that turned out to be a decent race. There was also plenty of (justified) complaints about Beijing 2011. Maybe we should wait and see how many mountains the Sheikhs build first
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