Final KM: Abu Dhabi Tour Stage 1

We’ve had racing in Dubai and Oman, now the peloton travel to Abu Dhabi for the only WorldTour desert-based gig on the calendar.

Stage 1: Madinat Zaya to Adnoc School, 189km

With long, straight roads as wide as a super tanker you just know you’re heading for a sprint train, drag race finish. Resplendent in sparkling white, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Emirates) took his second win of the season with a powerful turn of speed into a fierce headwind. The Norwegian launched off the wheel of Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) who opened proceedings about 50m too early. A fast finishing Andrea Guardini (Bardiani-CSF) pipped the fading Ewan for second. Kristoff holds the race lead by 4secs.


Spot the missing name from this list…

Yes indeed. The blonde quiff of a certain German sprinter has not yet graced the podium in 2018

Let’s hope Marcel Kittel finds his (Katusha-Alpecin) mojo soon, just one win would ease the pressure #fingerscrossed.

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) was involved in a crash in the neutral zone and was forced to abandon the race. It appears the incident was caused by a problem with the automatic sensors on the race director’s car (yes, seems strange to me too!). We wish him a very speedy recovery.

Caleb Ewan claimed the Best Young Rider’s jersey, but our nomination for #YoungDude of the race goes to James Knox making his professional debut for Quick-Step Floors. Welcome to the Wolfpack James.

Full race report at Cycling News

Race Website  Race Twitter  #RideToAbuDhabi

Header image: Alexander Kristoff  – GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

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