ASO confirms inaugural Saudi Tour for 2020

ASO previously organised the Tour of Qatar between 2002 and 2016, and also organises the Tour of Oman. (Image credit: TDW Sport)

Tour de France owner ASO has confirmed that it will organise a new category 2.1 stage race in Saudi Arabia in 2020. The five-day Saudi Tour will take place from February 4-8 and the route will be centred around the capital city of Riyadh.

The event precedes the Tour of Oman (February 11-16), ASO’s existing stage race on the Arabian Peninsula. ASO previously organised the Tour of Qatar between 2002 and 2016, and is not the only organiser looking to boost its revenue stream with races in the region:  Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport is behind the WorldTour-level UAE Tour, which in 2020 will be held from February 23-29.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Cyclingnews is the world's leader in English-language coverage of professional cycling. Started in 1995 by University of Newcastle professor Bill Mitchell, the site was one of the first to provide breaking news and results over the internet in English. The site was purchased by Knapp Communications in 1999, and owner Gerard Knapp built it into the definitive voice of pro cycling. Since then, major publishing house Future PLC has owned the site and expanded it to include top features, news, results, photos and tech reporting. The site continues to be the most comprehensive and authoritative English voice in professional cycling.