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05 Jan 2013 17:58

El Pistolero wrote:Oscar Pereiro won the Tour de France thanks to a breakaway.



Who in your eyes won the 2010 TOur then?
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The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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05 Jan 2013 17:59

If they only stay in Dubai it will be boring, but the rest of the UAE has a more mountainous area; let's hope they'll have a stage over there.
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05 Jan 2013 18:01

The Hitch wrote:Who in your eyes won the 2010 TOur then?


Meh, I've already accepted Contador lost the Tour. I still disagree about taking away his 2011 results though. ;)
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05 Jan 2013 18:04

Maaaaaaaarten wrote:If they only stay in Dubai it will be boring, but the rest of the UAE has a more mountainous area; let's hope they'll have a stage over there.


They are unlikely to have a stage in Abu Dhabi because they have a sort of rivalry.
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05 Jan 2013 18:12

the asian wrote:They are unlikely to have a stage in Abu Dhabi because they have a sort of rivalry.


But looking at the map it seems as if the mountainous area is not so much in Abu Dhabi either, but in emirates north and east of Dubai.

I found this picture for instance in the Fujairah area:

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All they gotta do is find/build road in area's like that and have one or two stages outside the Dubai area, and this race should be pretty entertaining.
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05 Jan 2013 18:17

Maaaaaaaarten wrote:But looking at the map it seems as if the mountainous area is not so much in Abu Dhabi either, but in emirates north and east of Dubai.



All they gotta do is find/build road in area's like that and have one or two stages outside the Dubai area, and this race should be pretty entertaining.


You mean South east ? North East is the sea. Al Ain isn't bad either. Let's hope it becomes the Tour of Emirates.

Anyway in short stage races there iare only one or two decisive stages:(
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05 Jan 2013 18:48

Er... no, north east. Continue along the coast. Ras al-Khaimah has some mountainous terrain too, but I'm not sure how much of it has roads in it. There are definitely some hilly roads they could use in the Fujairah area. South east is Al-Ain and Oman, east is Fujairah, north east is Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Ras-al-Khaimah. North, north west and west is sea.
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05 Jan 2013 19:13

Libertine Seguros wrote:Er... no, north east. Continue along the coast. Ras al-Khaimah has some mountainous terrain too, but I'm not sure how much of it has roads in it. There are definitely some hilly roads they could use in the Fujairah area. South east is Al-Ain and Oman, east is Fujairah, north east is Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Ras-al-Khaimah. North, north west and west is sea.


Yr. My mistake. I've just had a look at the map.
There doesn't seem to be roads in the mountainous area though.
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05 Jan 2013 19:23

Libertine Seguros wrote:Er... no, north east. Continue along the coast. Ras al-Khaimah has some mountainous terrain too, but I'm not sure how much of it has roads in it. There are definitely some hilly roads they could use in the Fujairah area. South east is Al-Ain and Oman, east is Fujairah, north east is Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Ras-al-Khaimah. North, north west and west is sea.

Thank you for summing up a few locations in Dubai.
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05 Jan 2013 19:25

Libertine Seguros wrote:Er... no, north east. Continue along the coast. Ras al-Khaimah has some mountainous terrain too, but I'm not sure how much of it has roads in it. There are definitely some hilly roads they could use in the Fujairah area. South east is Al-Ain and Oman, east is Fujairah, north east is Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Ras-al-Khaimah. North, north west and west is sea.

And there was me thinking the south east was called South East Dubai.
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08 Jan 2013 08:09

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.
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08 Jan 2013 08:32

jens_attacks wrote: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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08 Jan 2013 08:54

jens_attacks wrote: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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08 Jan 2013 10:06

Dazed and Confused wrote: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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08 Jan 2013 10:13

also iirc they dont' bring time trial bikes to oman and qatar right?
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08 Jan 2013 10:14

janraaskalt wrote: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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08 Jan 2013 12:01

Parrulo wrote: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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08 Jan 2013 12:13

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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08 Jan 2013 12:25

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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08 Jan 2013 16:12

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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