Procycling - - Review Of The Year 2016 -

The men’s road race en­joyed a spec­tac­u­lar phase early on, out in the desert, and it had a pres­ti­gious and bank­able win­ner in Peter Sa­gan. But the rest of the Qatar World Cham­pi­onships were thor­oughly dis­ap­point­ing. The cir­cuit was badly de­signed for good rac­ing or view­ing, with long stretches of build­ing sites as a back­drop. Few fans trav­elled to see their he­roes and hero­ines race, and even fewer lo­cal fans showed up, mean­ing that the unique, colour­ful at­mos­phere of the Worlds was com­pletely miss­ing. The flat at­mos­phere made staid races look even worse. And that’s all be­fore the heat was taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, along with al­le­ga­tions that a fe­male Nor­we­gian rider was hit by a po­lice car, de­lib­er­ately, af­ter her race.

Fans by the road­side are an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of good bike rac­ing, and the UCI’s de­ci­sion to take the Worlds to Qatar was on the whole a poor one.

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