The 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour is now here, with the official start on Wednesday, February 21. The 5-stage race in the Emirates will be more interesting than ever, as its route is supposed to shuffle the cards thanks to a new ITT, together with 3 sprint stages and a hilly day.
As announced, we’re supplying the official jerseys of the leaders of the race. They were specifically studied for the Abu Dhabi race, and they are anatomically shaped for a perfect aerodynamic balance and performance.
The 11.8 time trial kilometers are put on the fourth stage, just before the final stage to the mountain finish of Jebel Hafeet. Before that, 3 sprinter stages are going to lead the group around the Emirates.
Here you can see the peloton training inside the Yas Marina F1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi, the same the F1 cars have been using since 2009. No, you won’t see any car racing from this Wednesday, but we love to think that in the desert of the Emirates, the Abu Dhabi Tour can be even more fascinating. Don’t forget there will be a mountain stage too – only Esteban Chaves, Tanel Kangert and former world champion Rui Costa managed to win the Tour in the past 3 years.
Good luck in particular to Team Sky’s Luke Rowe, back to racing after a long break for a serious accident. Luke and the other Team Sky riders are wearing a special TT suit on Saturday, the evolution of Castelli’s Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit Long Sleeve, also developed thanks to the help of the pro peloton.
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