The desert race faces an uncertain future as organisers look for funding for the race through to 2021 The peloton on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Oman The Tour of Oman, which Team Sky’s Chris Froome won twice , may run for the final time next month if the city of Muscat does not agree to fund it for 2017 and beyond.
The current contract ends with the seventh edition next month, February 17 to 22. Eddy Merckx and race co-owner Dirk De Pauw are trying to renew funding of the race through 2021.
“It’s the last tour…for time being it is,” Habib Al Zawawi, Supervisor of Sports Events and Tour of Oman at Muscat Municipality, told Times of Oman .
“There will be negotiations. So it depends. Either to renew it or if that [2016 edition] will be the last one. The original agreement was for five years.
“The first edition of 2010 was a test. It wasn’t [an] official event. 2016 will be the last one. But it depends, there will be negotiations during the tour. By the end of tour, we will come to know. There will be official announcement about it.”
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