The final day’s racing in Oman brought to a close pro cycling elite’s excursion to the Middle Eastern deserts.
Though some of the WorldTour’s top riders have chosen Europe to gear their preparations for the spring, many others have snapped up the chance to log the miles and enjoy the hot weather racing offered by Dubai, Qatar and Oman.
BMC Racing, Lotto-Belisol, Team Sky and Omega Pharma-Quickstep have all enjoyed profitable months, with overall success and numerous stage victories between them.
Indeed, the indomitable Lotto-Belisol train was at it again on the final day in Oman, setting Andre Greipel for his third win of the Tour.
But what have we learned? See our final musings on the Tour of Oman over the following pages, and add your own in the RCUK Forum.