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ASO announces Saudi Tour in latest blow in beIN conflict

Yellow jersey Egan Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team Ineos during stage 21 of the 106th Tour de France 2019. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Amaury Sports Organisation, the group behind the Tour de France and the Dakar Rally, has announced that it will organise a new cycling race in Saudi Arabia, with the inaugural edition taking place next year.

The 2.1 category Saudi Tour will take place on a “star-shaped course” centred around the country's capital, Riyadh, and will run across five stages from 4-8 February. A statement from ASO promises that “the world’s top riders” will compete in the event, which has been registered in the UCI calendar by the Saudi Arabian Cycling Federation.

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