The race started in 2002, and it has grown more popular each year.
11 pro teams will participate, and Radioshack Nissan Trek will compete against BMC Racing Team, FDJ-BigMat, Garmin-Barracuda, GreenEdge, Katusha, Liquigas-Cannondale, Lotto-Belisol, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Rabobank and Sky Pro Cycling.
Pro Continental and Continental teams: Bridgestone Anchor Pro Cycling Team, Champion System, Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team, Skil-1t4i and Farnese Neri Cycling Team
Tour of Qatar consists of six stages, covering a total distance of 724 km.
Stage 1: Barzan Towers > Doha Golf Club / February 5th
Stage 2: Lusail > Lusail / February 6th
Stage 3: Dukhan > Al Gharafa Stadium / February 7th
Stage 4: Al Thakhira > Madinat Al Shamal / February 8th
Stage 5: Camel Race Track > Al Khor Corniche / February 9th
Stage 6: Sealine Beach Resort > Doha Corniche / February 10th
All stages are flat, making it a competition between the sprinter experts in the field.
Stage 2 is an 11km long team time trial.
According to the official race site, Radioshack Nissan Trek will start with the following riders:
WAGNER Robert GER
RAST Gregory SUI
POSTHUMA Joost NED
POPOVYCH Yaroslav UKR
NIZZOLO Giacomo ITA
GALLOPIN Tony FRA
CANCELLARA Fabian SUI
IRIZAR Markel ESP
Race website: http://www.letour.fr/indexTQA_us.html