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by Mark Zalewski
February 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: With more UCI safety provisions on the way, teams’ group says progress is being made; Tour of Oman begins Tuesday with wide open field; Landa ready to begin 2017 campaign; Meersman deals with life after cycling; Cyclocross junior world champ pondering dual CX/road career; Tour de Galiyat brings rival nations together; Rapha’s London Nocturne race expanding; Where cycling is hazardous to your health; Wiggins leaves ‘The Jump’ with leg fracture; Video: Tony Spray – Poetry in Paint; Video: Training camp with Wanty-Groupe Gobert; Video: Valverde shows off ace bike handling skills.
The eighth Tour of Oman is set to start Tuesday with six stages covering nearly 900km in and around Muscat, and will feature both flat sprint stages and mountain top finishes. The race will be a mix of riders using the race as training while others will contend for stage wins or fight for the overall.
“I have a great Memory of my week in Oman last year,” said Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors). “I know my shape is rather good but I’ll need to see how my legs respond. I’m pretty sure the race will be decided on Green Mountain and I’ll do my best to be at the front there and fight for the GC.”
“I had a hard winter and I want to be ready for the Classics,” said BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet. “The Tour of Oman is always part of my preparation.“
“I’m here to train. I’ll try to go deep and see how long I can hold on,” said Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).
Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali won last year’s edition, and Fabio Aru is a favourite to keep the GC win in the team this year.