Tour of Oman 2015 lineup announced, as Froome opts for Vuelta a Andalucía

The teams set to take to the start line of the 2015 Tour of Oman has been announced, with Nibali, Uran and Rodriguez to feature without defending champion Chris Froome

Chris Froome wins stage five of the 2014 Tour of Oman

(Image credit: Watson)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) will not be back to defend his 2014 Tour of Oman title next year, as he opts to ride the Vuelta a Andalucía instead as part of his Tour de France perparations.

18 teams will take to the start of the Tour of Oman between February 17 and 22 next year, with MTN-Qhubeka, Bora-Argon 18, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Cofidis, and Bardiani-CSF  the Pro Continental teams that will lineup alongside the WorldTour squads.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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