I would like to offer brief reviews of the Tour of Down Under and the Tour of Qatar.
Tour Down Under: Very hot; breakaway, follow up by breakaway with Lance Armstrong; breakaway caught; mass sprint. Repeat six times.
Tour of Qatar: Very hot; Very windy; echelon riding in wind; survivors of echelons in mass sprint. Repeat five times. Scheduled to be six but for tragic death of cyclist that no one so far wants to attribute to performance enhancing drugs.
There are elements to the great cycling events that make them great. None of those elements are repeated in these races. And don't get me started on the Mallorca Challenge.