Muscat – Rustaq Fort in the Wilayat of Rustaq will witness the launch of the first stage of the 11th edition of the Tour of Oman today. The 138km race will end at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat.
Organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, in conjunction with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the race is part of the UCI ProSeries of events. For its much-anticipated return following two years of cancellation, 18 teams from four continents will be starting at the frontline.
The race will last for six days with a total length of 891 kilometers divided in six stages.
Speaking at a pre-launch press conference on Wednesday, Saif al Rushaidi, Chairman of Oman Cycling Association, said that the 11th edition of the Tour of Oman will enjoy global media coverage and follow-up, as there are 15 international photo agencies, five specialised international newspapers, 35 international television channels, four international news agencies, and 17 international journalists who will report on the progress of the event.
He added that there will be global television broadcast for 275 hours. “Apart from the focus on races, Oman’s tourist and heritage landmarks will also enjoy coverage.”
For the first time in the history of the race, the Oman National Team will participate, granting a select team of local riders the opportunity to race against some of the strongest squads in the world.