Cycling history made

DOHA - Despite indifference from the public, competitors in the first women's professional cycling race to be held in the Middle East feel the event marked a milestone in sport.

DOHA - Despite indifference from the public, competitors in the first women's professional cycling race to be held in the Middle East feel the event marked a milestone in sport.

"I was surprised when I heard this race was going to happen but it's always a step forward for women's cycling," Australian rider Rochelle Gilmore said as she waited for the start on Sunday.

"It's very exciting and we feel very privileged to be racing here."

"We are very proud of this event, a women's race for the first time in the Middle East," said Belgian former champion Eddy Merckx, an adviser to the women's race which followed last week's men's Tour of Qatar. - Reuters

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