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Tour of Oman stage 5 cancelled due to extreme weather conditions

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This sandstorm led to the cancellation of stage 5 of the Tour of Oman.

This sandstorm led to the cancellation of stage 5 of the Tour of Oman.
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There are hills in Oman

There are hills in Oman
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The Oman crowds were out to watch the race

The Oman crowds were out to watch the race
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Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Boonen weigh up the plan of action on stage 5 of the Tour of Oman.

Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Boonen weigh up the plan of action on stage 5 of the Tour of Oman.
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Fabian Cancellara and the heads of state of the peloton in discussions on the Tour of Oman.

Fabian Cancellara and the heads of state of the peloton in discussions on the Tour of Oman.
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Fabian Cancellara, Filippo Pozzato and Vincenzo Nibali were among those to lead the peloton in its negotiations.

Fabian Cancellara, Filippo Pozzato and Vincenzo Nibali were among those to lead the peloton in its negotiations.
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Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, Filippo Pozzato and Vincenzo Nibali in discussions.

Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara, Filippo Pozzato and Vincenzo Nibali in discussions.
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Filippo Pozzato explains the riders' point of view to Eddy Merckx at the Tour of Oman.

Filippo Pozzato explains the riders' point of view to Eddy Merckx at the Tour of Oman.
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Eddy Merckx spoke to the riders on behalf of the organisation.

Eddy Merckx spoke to the riders on behalf of the organisation.
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The camels in Oman smell much better than the real thing

The camels in Oman smell much better than the real thing
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Stage 5 of the Tour of Oman ended in a mass argument between riders and organisers over security concerns regarding the extreme heat. It was the hottest day of the race so far with Arnaud Démare claiming that his SRM showed a reading of 50 degrees Celsius during the descent of the Bouscher Al Amerat climb. After more than half an hour of discussion between the two parties, the riders were allowed to take an alternative route, which avoided the contentious climb, back to their team vehicles by the Ministry of Housing.

The Tour of Oman resumes on Sunday with the 133-kilometre final stage to Matrah Corniche.