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by Mark Zalewski
January 6, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Katrin Garfoot delivers emphatic win to defend women’s Australian time trial title; Rohan Dennis wins his second consecutive Australian time trial title; British Cycling warned about relationship with Team Sky; Madiot backs Lappartient for UCI president; ASO buys German race organiser; Eddy Merckx: ‘Tour of Oman will be ridden’; Boonen begins season at Vuelta a San Juan; Former WADA head calls Russian doping scandal worse than Lance Armstrong; Team Sunweb unveils new kit; Meet 105-year-old hour record holder Robert Marchand; Retro Ronde van Vlaanderen.
In the wake of the cancellation of the Tour of Qatar, Eddy Merckx has said that the other major event he runs in the Middle East, the Tour of Oman, will continue. This was in response to a report by French sports daily L’Equipe that the Oman race was uncertain.
Brendan Canty on the 2016 Tour of Oman podium after winning the best young rider classification.
“The Tour of Oman will be ridden. No doubt about it,” he told Het Laatste Niews.
Merckx started the Tour of Qatar with his business partner Dirk De Pauw and continued to organise it for the past fifteen years. However, financial difficulties forced the cancellation of the 2017 event, to the surprise of many, including Merckx.
Rumors have circulated that the Tour of Oman is also suffering similar financial difficulties.
The 2016 event was uncertain at the beginning of the season with officials saying it could be the final edition.
Click through to read more at Het Laatste Niews.