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The Tour de Galiyat was held last weekend in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwestern Pakistan, a long-time conflict region with neighboring Afghanistan and a region linked to terrorism. Riders from both Pakistan and Afghanistan raced in the three-stage event covering 350km, with a nod to improving relations between the two as important as the racing action.
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Organised by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Corporation and the K-P Cycling Association the peloton was mostly Pakistani, but also included a nine-member team from Afghanistan.
The first stage was from Peshawar to the capital Islamabad, followed by a stage to Abbottabad, the same city where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.
The overall race was won by Najeeb Ullah (Pakistan Water and Power Authority). He had finished second and third on the first two stages before winning the final stage, a tough 32km uphill course from Abbottabad to Nathiagaliof.
Ehsanullah Khan, an Afghan cyclist, told the Express Tribune that events like the race could help bring his country closer to Pakistan.
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