Eddy Merckx: 'The conditions at the Doha World Championships are not impossible'

Eddy Merckx says the weather in Qatar will not affect the UCI road World Championships this week, claiming the road races next weekend will not be shortened

Eddy Merckx

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Cycling great Eddy Merckx says that cyclists at the UCI road World Championships this week in the hot Persian Gulf state of Qatar are not facing "impossible conditions."

Yesterday, women and men raced the team time trial to open the worlds. The women teams, off first, rode in 37-degree heat. Rabo-Liv’s Roxane Knetemann said that it was like "riding in a sauna" and said that organiser and governing body, the UCI, "did not think this through."

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