RIP Tour of Qatar

Discussion in 'Professional Cycling' started by rola643, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    I used to love to watch this and see the sights of such a unique race location. Not sure I would have ever cared to race there but I sure did love to watch this race.

    The Tour of Qatar and Ladies Tour of Qatar have been cancelled, vanishing into the desert crosswinds. Time for cycling to think again.


    https://rouleur.cc/editorial/rip-tour-of-qatar-the-race-built-on-sand/
     
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  2. fpl1

    fpl1 Well-Known Member Tavern Member

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    Yeah - bummer it’s not happening.
     

  3. newleaf150

    newleaf150 Deranged Touring Cyclist Tavern Member

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    I wonder if the political situation between Qatar and a coalition of its neighbors has anything to do with the cancellation. The nation was effectively blockaded by its neighbors in 2017 over a dispute involving its news media, among other things. Without taking a position on the legitimacy of the disagreements, it seems clear that the problem has resulted in a great deal of disruption to Qatar's day to day affairs.

    They have, for example, flown in dairy cows to begin replacing blockaded milk supplies. Under such circumstances, it's easier to see the logic behind letting less...vital...projects slide.