Eddy Merckx takes distance from Tour of Oman
Nov 16 2017 12:13 pm CET

Eddy Merckx takes distance from Tour of Oman
Eddy Merckx takes distance from Tour of Oman


Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx has pulled out of the organizing team of the Tour of Oman. The reason for this decision is unclear.

The 'Cannibal' confirmed this to newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

"The Tour of Oman will definitely take place safely in 2018, but without me," the five-times Tour de France winner said.

"I have nothing more to do with it," he added. The newspaper claims that the decision is likely caused by a disagreement between Merckx' business partner Dirk De Pauw and the local organizers.

Merckx even hinted at potentially snubbing the start of the 2019 Tour de France, which is set to take place in Brussels. "I am disillusioned with the ASO. Extremely disilussioned. Before I appear at the Tour in 2019, there must be serious discussion."

Merckx was one of the driving forces of the creation of the Tour of Oman in 2010. The race has since been won by riders like Fabian Cancellara, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali.
Photo of Eddy Merckx (cropped) by Michaël Bemelmans - License: CC BY-SA 4.0


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