From 5 to 10 February 2012, the Tour of Qatar held. This is the eleventh edition of the stage race.
Tour of Qatar was first held in 2002. The legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx was one of the initiators of establishing this bike race.The organization is owned by the Amaury Sport Organization, which among other things organizes the Tour de France. Tour of Qatar has over the years become very popular in the peloton years. You can ride in good weather and stay in good hotels. This makes it an excellent preparation course where riders race rhythm to win, until the spring races in Europe.
The first edition of the Tour of Qatar was won in 2002 by the German Thorsten Wilhelms Team Coast. The most successful riders in the history of this stage race is undoubtedly Tom Boonen. He won over the years, three times the overall ranking and a whopping eighteen scenes in this round.As a Dutchman won the overall classification: Wouter Mol 2010. Three Dutch won a stage in the game, Stefan van Dijk, Servais Knaven and Lars Boom.
In 2009, the cycling world was shocked by the death of Fred Nolf. This drive Topsport Vlaanderen was the morning of the fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar was found dead in his hotel bed. He probably died of heart problems.
Qatar is an Arab emirate with about 800,000 inhabitants. It is a very rich country. This wealth is guilty of the oil that is in the ground. Organizing an international professional cycling race fits very well with the policy of Qatar promote itself as a sports country. Each year, several top sports events take place in Qatar, including the tennis tournament in Doha. 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar.
Rider Scheme 2012
Below is the schedule stage of the Tour of Qatar in 2012 for men. Interestingly, a team time trial again included in this price. In the past, there was often a team time trial in this match, but not last year.
Qatar cycling site: http://www.itypeauto.com/
The complete list of participants is not yet known. In any case, the following teams: BMC, Sky, Rabobank, Garmin, green Edge, Omega Pharma, RadioShack, 1t41, Liquigas, Giant-Kenda and Champion System.
Are likely to see the images of this race on Eurosport second
For several years, there is also a tour of Qatar for ladies.
This product is part of the special on the 2012 cycling season.