Vital Info
Fast Facts

2nd Edition of the Tour of Oman
15 -20 February 2011

5 Stages
1 time trial
848 kilometres
16 professional teams
128 of the World's best cyclists.

The cyclists will reach up to 100 km/per hr down hill

The cyclists will reach up to 100 km/per hr down hill: Average 40-50 km/per hr on the flat; average 28-30 km/per hour up hill!

Each team will have a minimum of 5 cyclists and a maximum of 8.

Each stage is highly tactical: A team will try and ride together with the objective of protecting their top cyclist from the wind and ensuring no other team manages to let their riders break away from the main pack. Most stages will end with a sprint to the line, so ensuring that the top sprinter is fresh enough for the last push of the day is critical. Knowing when to attempt to break away from the pack is therefore key and each rider will have to keep concentrate until the finish line.

Leader Jerseys

The Tour of Oman will see 4 different colour jerseys presented each day: Red - Overall individual Ranking (ie fastest time) Green – Overall points ranking White – Best young cyclist ranking (only riders born on or after 1st January 1985 may take part in the young rider classification)

There will be one change from the 2010 edition of the Tour. The White with red and green mix for the Aggressive cyclist ranking will be changed to red and green polka dots, similar to that seen in the Tour de France.

The bikes have 22 gears

The bikes have 22 gears: Two plates in front and 11 in the back. Similar to a car, the cyclists will move through the gears depending on whether they are going uphill, downhill or are on the flat. Most, if not all the bicycles used on the Tour of Oman will be made of carbon and will weigh around 7kg. Commonly known as road bikes, these bicycles have to meet several criteria: easy to handle, as the rider must be able to “brush” in the peloton (term for the main pack of cyclists in a race) to the nearest centimetre; light so as to facilitate the many climbs; rigid, so as to reach 100 km/h on steep descents; reliable and strong in order to cope with the rush of the sprinters for the finish line.

A cyclist can be disqualified by getting external assistance e.g. holding on to a vehicle while racing or by being pushed by a team mate.

If a cyclists crashes within 3 km of the finish line, they will receive the same result as the other riders who were with them at the time. As long as the rider was not injured, he is then allowed to continue to the next stage the following day.

In Oman, all the cyclists will be using "road/stage" bikes and will not switch to "team trial" bikes (which does happen in the Tour de France).

Behind the scenes will be a support crew

Behind the scenes will be a support crew whose job is do whatever is required in order to allow the riders to stay fully focused on their performance. Especially after long stages, the conditions have to be spot on to ensure their suffering stops the moment they leave the saddle. The management of recovery, the maintenance of their equipment, their diet, and the quality of the treatment they receive are all areas that need to be meticulously overseen by the logistics managers.

Prize Money pot is 112,000 Euros (c.60,000 OMR) and includes 9,200 (c.5,000 OMR) Euros for the overall winner.

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