ASO enforces race radio ban in Qatar

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Mark Cavendish and the rest of the Tour of Qatar peloton started the first road stage this morning in Dukhan without race radios. It was a success for the International Cycling Union (UCI) following protests in Argentina, in Italy and yesterday, in Spain.

The difference between the earlier stage races and the one this week in Qatar came thanks to the organiser, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO). Besides the Tour of Qatar, now in its 10th year, the ASO organises the world's biggest race, the Tour de France. Riders and team directors were reluctant to protest as they did on the first stages of the Tour de San Luis, the Giro di Regio Calabria and the Challenge Mallorca.

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