Abu Dhabi is ready for the “UCI peloton”, a lot of stars will fight for The Castelli leader jerseys
Almost two weeks to the start of the Abu Dhabi Tour and we are so excited to see the Classification Leaders wearing the new Castelli jerseys.
The list of teams at the next Abu Dhabi Tour is impressive: 16 of 18 UCI WorldTeams accepted the invitation from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council
The world’s top riders should be ready for the race, including Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru, Steven Kruijswijk, Tejay van Garderen and Romain Bardet as General Classification (GC) contenders. Many of the world’s best sprinters will compete too, with names such as Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Elia Viviani, André Greipel and Caleb Ewan fighting for stage victories.
Stage 01 – MADINAT ZAYED STAGE / MADINAT ZAYED – MADINAT ZAYED (188km)
The first stage runs entirely in the desert, with the first and last parts of about 45km on straight, wide roads. The last kms are on wide, straight boulevards, punctuated by wide-curved roundabouts. The final km is straight on asphalt.
Stage 02 – NATION TOWERS STAGE / ABU DHABI (Al Maryah Island) – ABU DHABI (Al Marina) (155km)
The second stage runs mostly in the city of Abu Dhabi. The entire route is on wide boulevards with “cat’s eyes” road reflectors constantly dividing the lanes. The final 5km are on increasingly large roads with large semi-curves leading to the straight finish on asphalt.
Stage 03 – AL AIN STAGE / AL AIN – JEBEL HAFEET (186km)
The third stage comprises both urban surroundings and mountains. At 15km to go, the route starts to rise slightly towards the final ascent, culminating in an uphill finish at an altitude of 1025m, following an 11km climb with slopes with an 11% gradient.
The final climb is on wide-ranging bends on a three-lane roadway. The gradient is mostly around 8-9% with a peak of 11% at 3km to go. There are short descents in the last kilometers before the final ramp with a straight finish on asphalt.
Stage 04 – YAS ISLAND STAGE / YAS MARINA CIRCUIT (143km)
The final stage is entirely on Yas Island. There are 26 laps on the F1 Yas Marina circuit, each of 5.5km with three Intermediate Sprints as we count down to the finale. On the perfect tarmac of a 5.5km Formula 1 circuit with wide roads and large, sweeping bends. The final 250 meters are on straight, flat asphalt.
The most prestigious jersey, the Red Jersey worn by the leader of General Classification by time, will be sponsored by Al Maryah Island. In October it was won by the Estonian Tanel Kangert. Second, in order of importance, it’s the Green Jersey worn by the leader of the General Classification by points, sponsored by Nation Towers. It was won in 2016 by Mark Cavendish. The leader of the Best Young Rider Classification by time, born after 1 January 1992, will wear the White Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, which is also confirmed as the race host broadcaster; last year it was won by the French Julien Bernard.
The Black Jersey, worn by the leader of the Intermediate Sprint Classification and won last year by the Belgian Jens Keukeleire, will again be sponsored by Etihad Airways.
The jerseys are designed and made by Castelli and are cut in a close-to-the-body anatomical shape for maximum aerodynamic performance when the peloton head into dusty crosswind sections.
Everything is ready for the most powerful Abu Dhabi Tour ever and all the jerseys are already available in the best Castelli shops and at
More info at: http://www.abudhabitour.com/
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA – PERI