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Tour de France organiser ASO signs six-year extension to run Tour of Oman

This article is originally from Cycling Week

The Middle East race looks set to continue in its current guise for the next six years

The peloton on stage six of the 2015 Tour of Oman

The ninth edition of the Tour of Oman begins tomorrow morning with the promise of six more years, after organiser ASO signed an extension of its agreement with the Municipality of Muscat.

This year’s six stages are based largely around the Gulf state’s capital city, and part of the agreement includes a programme to increase cycling in the country.

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Not only do they intend to help establish safe cycling infrastructure in and around the capital, ASO will be taking cycling into schools. This year the scheme will visit just two schools, both in Muscat, but in the coming years they intend to expand into every school in the country.

“The vision of the race is not only attached to the pro race,” Yann Le Moenner, ASO’s General Manager told Cycling Weekly at the race headquarters on Monday.

“It is also cycling as a key priority for the city. It is now time for Muscat to become a cycling paradise destination, and that starts not only with foreigners [tourists], but also the people of Muscat.”

On the surface the country may appear unattractive for cyclists, but this year’s race could illustrate the country’s varied cycling credentials.

Of the six stages, the first and last are set to

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