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.
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."
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.