CASTELLI OFFICIAL PARTNER OF THE UAE TOUR, THE ONE AND ONLY WORLDTOUR RACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The new UCI WorldTour race will start in Abu Dhabi and end in Dubai, with a route that runs through the Emirates.
The merger between the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour will create a bigger, better and more successful race.
– The UAE Tour, the one and only WorldTour race in the Middle East –
The choice to merge was likely made because the change was necessary in order to grow. Having a longer race is an opportunity to offer a good mix of stages, open to all kinds of riders, like Tirreno-Adriatico.
The debut edition of the UAE Tour, scheduled from February 24 to March 2, 2019, will take place with a new logo and a new trophy but the same passion and the same leaders’ jerseys supplier.
All 18 World Teams will start, with many of the best riders on the planet: the winners of 11 Grand Tours, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, and Tom Dumoulin; the reigning road and time trial world champions, Alejandro Valverde and Rohan Dennis; and world-class sprinters Elia Viviani and Marcel Kittel.
General Classification: worn daily, starting on Stage 2, by the leader of the general classification by time.
Points Classification: worn daily, starting on Stage 2, by the sprinter who has placed highest in all the stage and intermediate sprints.
Young Rider Classification: worn daily, starting on Stage 2, by the rider born after January 1, 1994 (U25), who is highest in the overall classification — a name to watch out for in the future.
Intermediate Sprint Classification: worn daily, starting on Stage 2, by the rider who has accumulated the most intermediate sprint points.
A team time trial on the first day, three stages dedicated to sprinters, one for puncheurs and two for climbers. The new race is a mix of technically different stages, open to all kind of riders, with an all-rounder most likely to win the final general classification.
Stage 1 – “Eyes on the opening stage, the ADNOC Stage” – 16km
A team time trial at Al Hudayriat Island is scheduled for Sunday, February 24. The first team will start at 14:30 and the last team will finish at 16:40 (estimated).
Stage 2 – “Special Olympics World Games” Abu Dhabi Stage – Yas Island–Abu Dhabi Breakwater – 184km
Monday, February 25 From Yas Island to Abu Dhabi Big Flag Start village: Yas Island – Yas Mall Sign-on: 10:50–12:00 Neutral start: 12:10 (2,500m transfer) Finish: Abu Dhabi Breakwater / Big Flag – estimated time: 16:30
Stage 3 – DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT STAGE – Al Ain–Jebel Hafeet – 179km
Tuesday, February 26 From UAE University to Jebel Hafeet Start village: Al Ain – UAE University Sign-on: 10:50–12:00 Neutral start: 12:10 (2,000m transfer) Finish: Jebel Hafeet – estimated time: 16:40
Stage 4 – DUBAI MUNICIPALITY STAGE – Palm Jumeirah–Hatta Dam – 205km
Wednesday, February 27 From Palm Jumeirah to Hatta Dam Start village: The Pointe – Palm Jumeirah Sign-on: 10:10–11:20 Neutral start: 11:30 (4,800m transfer) Finish: Hatta Dam – estimated time: 16:40
Stage 5 – SHARJAH STAGE – Sharjah–Khor Fakkan – 181km
Thursday, February 28 From Flag Island to Khor Fakkan Start village: Sharjah – Flag Island Sign-on: 11:00–12:10 Neutral start: 12:20 (2,500m transfer) Finish: Khor Fakkan – estimated time: 16:40
Stage 6 – RAK PROPERTIES STAGE – Ajman–Jebel Jais – 180km
Friday, March 1 From Ajman to Jebel Jais Start village: Ajman Sign-on: 10:45–11:55 Neutral start: 12:05 (2,500m transfer) Finish: Jebel Jais – estimated time: 16:40
Stage 7 – MERAAS STAGE – Dubai Safari Park–City Walk – 145km
Saturday, March 2 From Dubai Safari Park to City Walk Start village: Dubai Safari Park Sign-on: 11:50–13:00 Neutral start: 13:10 (7,300m transfer) Finish: City Walk – estimated time: 16:40
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