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by Mark Zalewski
February 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins Tour of Oman opener; US judge denies Armstrong request, federal whistleblower case headed to jury trial; Tramadol: Why Some Athletes and Experts Want It Banned; Boonen crashes in Oman, okay to start second stage; Chris Hoy: Cycling needs a shake up; Three Days De Panne-Koksijde signs 10 year agreement with events company Golazo; Gent-Wevelgem announces final teams; Merckx: Tour of Qatar unlikely for 2018; Hennie Kuiper searching for infamous photographer; Wout van Aert tops prize money list; Crash in amateur race after elbows thrown; Behind the scenes making a carbon frame; Film: To The Night.
The Tour of Qatar that was scheduled to run last week but was cancelled with organisers citing financial difficulties. While they said it was merely a postponement until next year, Het Laatste Nieuws reports that race founders Eddy Merckx and his business partner Dirk De Pauw believe the race is unlikely to continue.
Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Thani, UCI president Brian Cookson and Eddy Merckx pictured during the UCI Road World Championships 2016 in Doha, Qatar.
“In 2018 the Tour of Qatar will comeback on the UCI calendar,” Muhammad did Al-Kuwari, the new president of the Qatar Cycling Federation said three weeks ago.
However, De Pauw told Het Laatste Nieuws this week that there is serious conflict between the emir and the new chairman of the Qatari Olympic Committee.
“I regret the disappearance of the Tour of Qatar,” said Merckx. “For the rest I do not want to comment on. It was a decision by the Qatari government.”
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