‘Professional cycling becoming associated with repression’: Human rights group condemns new race in Saudi Arabia

The organiser of the Tour de France announced a new stage race in the Middle East

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The decision to launch a new stage race in Saudi Arabia has been condemned by a human rights organisation, which says “cycling is increasingly associated with repression.”

This week Tour de France organiser ASO announced a new week-long race will be held in the Middle East early next season.

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