HE Sultan Hamdoon Al Harthi with Eddy Merckx & Omani children / Tour of Oman 2011© PresseSports - Lablatiniere
February in Oman is no longer known just for its glorious warm temperatures, but also for the Tour of Oman. Though young - celebrating its fourth year in 2013 - it is already seen as a critical pre-season race. That such a recent addition to the international professional cycling calendar should already attract many of the greatest names: Philippe Gilbert, Alberto Contador, Cadel Evans, Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen, Joaquim Rodriguez, Vincenzo Nibali, Peter Velits and Bradley Wiggins, is a huge source of pride.
It is also testament to the ideal racing conditions offered by Oman’s landscape and weather, and, to our country’s determination to invest in its youth.
Our population is young, bringing the top professionals of the sport to the country to witness the speed, the team effort and the dedication required for their great achievement is an ideal way to inspire these future generations. Jabal Al Akhdhar - the Green Mountain - pushes the riders to the limit, and showcases what determination and perseverance can achieve.
This event inspires us all, and that is why everyone in Oman warmly welcomes these cycling heroes.
HE Sultan Hamdoon Al Harthi
Head of Muscat Municipality and Organiser of the Tour of Oman