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2013 Tour of Oman (11th-16th February), 2.HC

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17 Feb 2013 00:39

Arnout wrote:This was, based on the results and the summaries, a brilliant stage race. A stage race to show everyone races in new countries do not have to be crap and overhyped. An interesting parcours, a very good lineup and embracement by the locals (or so it seems). And now, I'm looking for tickets to Oman.

I agree.with this.
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The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago

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17 Feb 2013 00:46

The Hitch wrote:I agree.with this.

Agreed. A country i would most like to visit, if i can
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17 Feb 2013 01:24

I read somewhere that Merckx "owns" :confused: the race. Not sure what that means.

But maybe he had a hand in designing the parcours. Lot of credit to him, if that's true.
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17 Feb 2013 01:41

Correct, Merckx is one of the organisers of the race. Here's what he has to say about Oman.

" The Tour of Oman is such an amazing example of what potential and willpower together can achieve in such a short space of time. The line-up for the event this year, the competition’s fourth year, is simply outstanding. It is all thanks to the willingness of the Omani authorities and the incredible reception of the Omani people."
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17 Feb 2013 05:27

Telmisartan new wrote:I had no idea Phinney could mix it up with specialist sprinters like stages 1 and 6 here.Genuinely surprised by that.

He did well in the U23 WC RR 2010 and beat some good riders at the Olympics RR.

I think Impey could be a real factor at a race like M-SR this year- he has a good sprint, has been riding well at Oman and at the TDU.
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17 Feb 2013 10:55

Ruudz0r wrote:If thats true then they are really stupid at OPQS, if Styby was better at that stage why let him wait he is clearly going to be better in stage 5 + he already was much better then Stybar in stage 2. I actually cant imagine he had to wait.

He waited and then rode away from Velits again?

What is your source if I may ask?

Source is Stybars' official page, it's his own words. He waited for Velits several times to help him. They had no radios, have they?
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17 Feb 2013 13:05

Afrank wrote:Correct, Merckx is one of the organisers of the race. Here's what he has to say about Oman.

And the ineptitude of the Portuguese race organisers.
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17 Feb 2013 13:15

barmaher wrote:And the ineptitude of the Portuguese race organisers.

You can't blame the organizers too much, when the economy is ****.
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17 Feb 2013 13:22

Oman looks great race with a future, just hope live tv can be sorted for it in future years for it to grow. Teams want exposure live tv is best way of that.
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