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Morocco Opens Arab Games with Men’s TTT Win

by Peter Graves

December 19, 2011 (Doha, Qatar) – Legendary announcer, commentator and sports reporter Peter Graves, whose voice is often heard at major UCI MTB events at Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC, is currently in Doha, Qatar, commentating on the cycling events at the 2011 Arab Games, a multi-sport event takes place every four years.

Amidst a brutal head wind on a grueling flat course of 71.1 km, the team from Morocco opened the first day of cycling at the 2011 Arab Games in Doha with a win in the men’s team time trial, averaging a blistering 49.302 kph. The Morocco squad, led by their National Champion, Adil Jelloul, set the pace with a final time of 1:26:31.66.

Finishing second, only 13.34 seconds back, was Tunisia in 1:26:45.00. Tunisia is led by the riding of Rafaa Chtioui, who won the road race at the last Arab Games four years ago, along with support from a strong trio of team mates.

Tuesday, the Lusail Cycling Circut, located 30km north of the city centre of Doha, will see action in the women’s individual time trial. The windy weather is seasonal for this time of year, but riders struggled in the unrelenting head wind. Nine nations took part in the event.

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