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Race leader Boom says Qatar riders will protest radio ban Monday

  • By Steve Frothingham
  • Published Feb. 6, 2011
2011 Tour of Qatar, prologue. Eddy Merckx and Lars Boom

Eddy Merckx and Lars Boom after the prologue Sunday.

DOHA, Qatar (VN) — Lars Boom, who took the lead of the Tour of Qatar with his prologue win Sunday, told VeloNews that the Qatar peloton will follow the lead of riders at the Mallorca Challenge and demand the use of race radios before starting stage 1 on Monday.

“Yes, we will do the same,” the Rabobank rider said. “We should get the same result they did.”

The Mallorca riders refused to start for at least 20 minutes before officials there reversed course and allowed the radios.

Thierry Gouvenou, the Qatar race’s sport manager, told VeloNews he did not know details of the Mallorca protest, but he was confident something could be worked out with the peloton to ensure the race is held Monday.

“We’ll see what happens tomorrow and we will work to find a way to allow a protest without killing the race,” Gouvenou said.

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