Expect traffic diversions as Men’s Tour of Qatar opens today

Some of the world’s top cyclists including Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff and Greg Van Avermaet will be competing in this year’s Tour of Qatar, which gets underway today.

A total of 18 teams, mostly from Europe but also representing Australia, South Africa, the US and the UAE will take part in the event, which runs over five stages this year rather than the usual six, organizers said.

However, the 2016 lineup will be missing some stalwarts. The Belgian UTI world tour cycling team Etixx-QuickStep, which has supplied a winner in eight of the past 10 editions of the event and is Cavendish’s former team, will not be taking part this year.