The Excursion of Oman won’t happen in 2020 because of the hot demise of Sultan Qaboos previous this month, in step with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad

The six-stage race have been scheduled to run from February 11-16 however the likes of Mark Cavendish and Elia Viviani are actually dealing with gaps of their calendars.

Following an preliminary three-day duration of complete nationwide mourning, an extended 40-day duration is in position in Oman, through which flags are at half-mast and the Ministry of Tourism has recommended the cancellation of occasions similar to concert events. 

Alternatively, it gave the impression the 11th version of the race would move forward when the direction used to be introduced on January 16, six days after the demise of Qaboos. The race is administered through Excursion de France organiser ASO, which used to be no longer to be had for touch upon Tuesday morning.

Sultan Qaboos used to be the longest-serving ruler within the Arab Global, after taking energy from his father in 1970, and oversaw a duration of important construction in Oman. Funding in recreation used to be a key a part of presenting the fashionable imaginative and prescient of Oman and the Excursion of Oman used to be observed as a good fortune tale, attracting a number of top-level riders. 

Qaboos been succeeded through his cousin, Haitham bin Tariq Al Mentioned, former head of the Oman Soccer Affiliation.

The Excursion of Oman used to be first held in 2010 and has established itself as an early-season check for Classics consultants and sprinters. The important thing level within the contest for the full identify comes at the steep slopes of Inexperienced Mountain, with Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko profitable the previous two editions. 

Some of the names showed for the 2020 version had been sprinters Cavendish and Viviani, at the side of Cofidis’ Jesùs Herrada, who used to be 3rd general closing 12 months.

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