Seven things we learned from racing in Oman, Provence, and Spain

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Tour de la Provence
The peloton rolls through Provence
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We are now less than a week away from the first WorldTour race of the year, the UAE Tour, and the racing is hotting up across Europe and in the Middle East.

Some riders are still yet to race on the road for their team yet this year, with the likes of Primož Roglič, Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogačar conspicuous by their absence, but some stars have already been out performing in their new kit.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.