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2016 Abu Dhabi Tour (HC),
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2nd edition: Oct 20 - Oct 23, 2016

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Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4


Sunday, October 23: 4th and Final Stage, Yas Marina Circuit, 23 lap, 143 km

Stage 3 map and profile

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish wins the final stage, run under the lights.

The Race: Here's the story from stage winner Mark Cavendish's Dimension Data team.

The final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour brought our 2016 season to a close and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka couldn’t have asked for a better ending as Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory, thanks to a perfect leadout by our African Team.

The final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour took place under the lights of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this evening. The peloton lined up for 26 laps of the flat 5.5km circuit, with a sprint finale on everyone’s mind. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were fully concentrated on delivering Mark Cavendish to what would be our 32nd victory of the season and so when a 5-rider break went clear early on, we had no problem helping to control the pace.

Jay Thomson and Mekseb Debesay were rolling through with the Astana Team, who were riding in defence of the overall race lead. This would be the case for around 120km and then our African Team just took full control of proceedings for the final 25km. Thomson and Debesay relayed at the head of affairs to close the 1’15” gap to the lead riders while Cavendish lined up behind his lead out team of Bernie Eisel, Youcef Reguigui and Mark Renshaw. Thomson and Debesay were truly phenomenal, only pulling off of the front with 7km to go when the last of the breakaway riders were brought back into the fold.

Eisel then captained our train as we started the final lap, keeping our Manxman well placed heading into the final few corners. Eisel hit the front with 2km to go and when he was done, Reguigui followed with his maximal effort. Despite a Giant-Alpecin rider slipping into our train before the final corner at 300m to go, it was like poetry in motion watching our African Team perfect the finale. Renshaw led through the last right-hander and when the road opened for Cavendish, there was no stopping the Manx Missle from winning on the home straight. The stage podium was completed by Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) respectively.

It was a beautiful stage win to end off what has been a fantastic season for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, made sweeter with Cavendish also winning the Abu Dhabi Tour green points jersey.

Mark Cavendish – Rider: The stage was left to Dimension Data to control, none of the other sprint teams wanted to help at all which was quite strange because we have won a stage and they haven’t. Nevertheless, we have the two strongest guys in the race to pull on the front in Mekseb and Jay. They just controlled the break incredibly and stayed so long that the leadout could take over easily. They gave us stability at the front and I had Bernie, Youcef and Mark to lead me out in the final 2km and they did an incredible job. It was important to be at the front because there was a lot of wind and a lot of corners. Giant nearly got the jump on us so I thought it would do me a favour if one of them gets in between myself and Mark, so I let him in but he couldn’t hold Mark’s wheel in the sprint. I was still able to use his slingshot and then Mark’s slingshot in front to accelerate in the last 200 meters. I am really happy to have won the stage again. It’s another win and good exposure for our sponsors and Qhubeka, so it was really nice to be able to do that.

Complete Results:

143 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.703 km/hr

1 Mark CAVENDISH Dimension Data 3hr 7min 44sec
2 Giacomo NIZZOLO Trek-Segafredo s.t.
3 Elia VIVIANI Sky s.t.
4 Magnus Cort NIELSEN Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
5 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
6 Ramon SINKELDAM Giant-Alpecin s.t.
7 Michael MATTHEWS Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
8 Sacha MODOLO Lampre-Merida s.t.
9 Mark RENSHAW Dimension Data s.t.
10 Michal KOLÁR Tinkoff s.t.
11 Andrea GUARDINI Astana s.t.
12 Christopher LATHAM Team Wiggins s.t.
13 Steele VON HOFF ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
14 Roman MAIKIN Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
15 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina s.t.
16 Koen DE KORT Giant-Alpecin s.t.
17 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto-Soudal @ 6sec
18 Siarhei PAPOK Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
19 Diego ULISSI Lampre-Merida s.t.
20 Vincenzo NIBALI Astana s.t.
21 Nicolas ROCHE Sky s.t.
22 Karol DOMAGALSKI ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
23 Tanel KANGERT Astana s.t.
24 Dayer Uberney QUINTANA Movistar s.t.
25 John DEGENKOLB Giant-Alpecin s.t.
26 Alexander KOLOBNEV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
27 Owain DOULL Sky s.t.
28 Julien BERNARD Trek-Segafredo s.t.
29 Luka PIBERNIK Lampre-Merida s.t.
30 Davide REBELLIN CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
31 Alan BANASZEK CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
32 Martijn TUSVELD Giant-Alpecin s.t.
33 Winner ANACONA Movistar s.t.
34 Alberto CONTADOR Tinkoff s.t.
35 Jesper HANSEN Tinkoff s.t.
36 Dion SMITH ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
37 Floris GERFS BMC s.t.
38 Jan POLANC Lampre-Merida s.t.
39 Daniel PEARSON Team Wiggins s.t.
40 Yousef BANIHAMMAD Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
41 Chun Kai FENG Lampre-Merida s.t.
42 Ben HERMANS BMC s.t.
43 Erik BASKA Tinkoff s.t.
44 Juraj SAGAN Tinkoff 16
45 Jaber ALMANSOORI Al Nasr Dubai 17
46 Stanislau BAZHKOU Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
47 Jens KEUKELEIRE Orica-BikeExchange 20
48 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina s.t.
49 Manuel BELLETTI Wilier Triestina s.t.
50 Michael O'LOUGHLIN Team Wiggins s.t.
51 Thomas DE GENDT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
52 Danny VAN POPPEL Sky s.t.
53 Kanstantsin KLIMIANKOU Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
54 Matteo DRAPERI Wilier Triestina s.t.
55 Eugert ZHUPA Wilier Triestina s.t.
56 Gatis SMUKULIS Astana s.t.
57 Ahmed ALMANSORY Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
58 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR Movistar s.t.
59 Jesus HERNANDEZ Tinkoff s.t.
60 Andrey AMADOR Movistar s.t.
61 Jan HIRT CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
62 Michael SCHÄR BMC s.t.
63 Sander ARMEE Lotto-Soudal 28
64 Lukasz OWSIAN CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
65 Maciej PATERSKI CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
66 Hayden MCCORMICK ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
67 Tom BOHLI BMC s.t.
68 Youcef REGUIGUI Dimension Data 31
69 Andrew FENN Sky s.t.
70 Marco COLEDAN Trek-Segafredo 33
71 Jonathan DIBBEN Team Wiggins s.t.
72 James Knox Team Wiggins 35
73 Tobias LUDVIGSSON Giant-Alpecin 37
74 Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
75 Majid ALBALUSHI Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
76 Samuel WILLIAMS ONE Pro Cycling 41
77 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal 45
78 Bernhard EISEL Dimension Data +1:03
79 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC +1:06
80 Badr ALHAMMADI Al Nasr Dubai +1:19
81 Anton IVASHKIN Minsk Cycling Club +1:22
82 Zico WAEYTENS Giant-Alpecin +1:26
83 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data +1:46
84 Sergey FIRSANOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
85 Evgeny SHALUNOV Gazprom-Rusvelo +1:54
86 Artem NYCH Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
87 Niccolo BONIFAZIO Trek-Segafredo +1:55
88 Kiel REIJNEN Trek-Segafredo +2:09
89 Carlos VERONA Orica-BikeExchange +2:11
90 Mitchell DOCKER Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
91 Nasser ALMEMARI Al Nasr Dubai +2:22
92 Valerio AGNOLI Astana +2:24
93 Frederik FRISON Lotto-Soudal +2:25
94 Andrew TENNANT Team Wiggins +2:36
95 Jacopo MOSCA Trek-Segafredo +2:50
96 Floris GERFS BMC +2:52
97 Alessandro VANOTTI Astana +2:58
98 Jay Robert THOMSON Dimension Data s.t.
99 Kristian HOUSE ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
100 Michal PALUTA CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
101 Yauhen SOBAL Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
102 Oleksandr GOLOVASH Minsk Cycling Club s.t.

Final GC after Stage 4:

555 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.545 km/hr

1 Tanel KANGERT Astana 12hr 27min 34sec
2 Nicolas ROCHE Sky @ 21sec
3 Diego ULISSI Lampre-Merida 43
4 Vincenzo NIBALI Astana +1:00
5 Alberto CONTADOR Tinkoff s.t.
6 Julien BERNARD Trek-Segafredo +1:02
7 Ben HERMANS BMC +1:29
8 Martijn TUSVELD Giant-Alpecin +1:38
9 Winner ANACONA Movistar s.t.
10 Jesper HANSEN Tinkoff s.t.
11 Daniel PEARSON Team Wiggins +2:19
12 Karol DOMAGALSKI ONE Pro Cycling +2:28
13 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto-Soudal +2:32
14 Davide REBELLIN CCC Sprandi Polkowice +2:41
15 Dayer Uberney QUINTANA Movistar +2:53
16 Dion SMITH ONE Pro Cycling +2:58
17 Jens KEUKELEIRE Orica-BikeExchange +3:07
18 Alexander KOLOBNEV Gazprom-Rusvelo +3:45
19 Hayden MCCORMICK ONE Pro Cycling +4:12
20 Koen DE KORT Giant-Alpecin +4:43
21 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data +5:36
22 Carlos VERONA Orica-BikeExchange +6:21
23 Michael MATTHEWS Orica-BikeExchange +6:43
24 Tobias LUDVIGSSON Giant-Alpecin +7:36
25 Mark CAVENDISH Dimension Data +8:22
26 Jacopo MOSCA Trek-Segafredo +9:18
27 Michael SCHÄR BMC +9:59
28 Christopher LATHAM Team Wiggins +12:19
29 Magnus Cort NIELSEN Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
30 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
31 Steele VON HOFF ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
32 Roman MAIKIN Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
33 Siarhei PAPOK Minsk Cycling Club +12:25
34 Luka PIBERNIK Lampre-Merida +12:28
35 Floris GERFS BMC +12:28
36 Michael O'LOUGHLIN Team Wiggins +12:41
37 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina +12:42
38 Eugert ZHUPA Wilier Triestina +12:53
39 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC +13:24
40 Giacomo NIZZOLO Trek-Segafredo +13:32
41 Youcef REGUIGUI Dimension Data +13:39
42 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR Movistar +15:00
43 Jan POLANC Lampre-Merida +15:06
44 Jan HIRT CCC Sprandi Polkowice +15:13
45 Lukasz OWSIAN CCC Sprandi Polkowice +15:15
46 Jaber ALMANSOORI Al Nasr Dubai +15:17
47 Jesus HERNANDEZ Tinkoff +15:20
48 Andrey AMADOR Movistar +15:24
49 Mitchell DOCKER Orica-BikeExchange +15:51
50 Maciej PATERSKI CCC Sprandi Polkowice +16:14
51 Sergey FIRSANOV Gazprom-Rusvelo +16:44
52 Kanstantsin KLIMIANKOU Minsk Cycling Club +17:42
53 John DEGENKOLB Giant-Alpecin +17:48
54 Ramon SINKELDAM Giant-Alpecin +17:56
55 Elia VIVIANI Sky +18:38
56 Andrea GUARDINI Astana +18:44
57 Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
58 Yousef BANIHAMMAD Al Nasr Dubai +18:54
59 Chun Kai FENG Lampre-Merida +18:57
60 Ahmed ALMANSORY Al Nasr Dubai +19:11
61 Manuel BELLETTI Wilier Triestina s.t.
62 Frederik FRISON Lotto-Soudal +19:12
63 Bernhard EISEL Dimension Data +19:25
64 Sacha MODOLO Lampre-Merida +19:31
65 Marco COLEDAN Trek-Segafredo +19:39
66 Samuel WILLIAMS ONE Pro Cycling +19:49
67 Yauhen SOBAL Minsk Cycling Club +20:03
68 Gatis SMUKULIS Astana +20:06
69 Michal PALUTA CCC Sprandi Polkowice +20:09
70 Thomas DE GENDT Lotto-Soudal +20:10
71 Sander ARMEE Lotto-Soudal +20:18
72 Evgeny SHALUNOV Gazprom-Rusvelo +20:45
73 Alan BANASZEK CCC Sprandi Polkowice +20:46
74 Michal KOLÁR Tinkoff +20:50
75 Mark RENSHAW Dimension Data +20:51
76 Zico WAEYTENS Giant-Alpecin +21:07
77 Tom BOHLI BMC +21:29
78 Artem NYCH Gazprom-Rusvelo +21:37
79 Stanislau BAZHKOU Minsk Cycling Club +22:31
80 Badr ALHAMMADI Al Nasr Dubai +22:32
81 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal +22:38
82 Majid ALBALUSHI Al Nasr Dubai +22:58
83 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina +23:05
84 Erik BASKA Tinkoff +23:32
85 Oleksandr GOLOVASH Minsk Cycling Club +23:38
86 Andrew FENN Sky +23:39
87 Juraj SAGAN Tinkoff +23:41
88 Matteo DRAPERI Wilier Triestina +23:49
89 James Knox Team Wiggins +24:00
90 Jonathan DIBBEN Team Wiggins +24:12
91 Anton IVASHKIN Minsk Cycling Club +24:30
92 Danny VAN POPPEL Sky +24:48
93 Owain DOULL Sky +24:51
94 Kiel REIJNEN Trek-Segafredo +25:17
95 Kristian HOUSE ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
96 Valerio AGNOLI Astana +25:19
97 Andrew TENNANT Team Wiggins +26:05
98 Alessandro VANOTTI Astana +26:53
99 Jay Robert THOMSON Dimension Data +26:55
100 Niccolo BONIFAZIO Trek-Segafredo +29:05
101 Nasser ALMEMARI Al Nasr Dubai +29:59
102 Michal KWIATKOWSKI Sky +30:42

Stage 4 map and profile

Stage 4 map

Stage 4 map

Stage 4 profile

Stage 4 profile


Saturday, October 22: Stage 3, Al Ain - Jebel Hafeet, 150 km

Stage 3 map & profile | Stage 3 photos

Tanel Kangert

Tanel Kangert wins Abu Dhabi Tour stage 3

The Race: Here's the organizer's stage 3 report:

Jebel Hafeet, 22 October 2016 –The Estonian rider Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) won Stage 3 - the Strata Stage - of the Abu Dhabi Tour, Al Ain - Jebel Hafeet (150km), and took the lead in the overall General Classification.

Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) claimed a well deserved victory in the queen stage of the second Abu Dhabi Tour as Vincenzo Nibali decided to give a chance to his faithful domestique who has played a key role in many of his great successes. In a day of echelons on the way to the famous mountain Jebel Hafeet, Kangert and Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) took the opportunity to come across to lone leader Carlos Verona (Orica-BikeExchange) 6.5km before the summit. Kangert rode away solo with 3.2km to go to take over from Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) in the lead of the overall ranking on the eve of the conclusive stage.

In the press conference, the winner and Red Jersey Tanel Kangert said: "I have to thank my team for the freedom they gave me for this race. We had two cards to play. It sounds like a cliché to thank the team but it’s true, we rode from the beginning and I reached the climb fresh. Vincenzo Nibali did a good job behind me. We’ve had four good years together. He’s a captain who gives a lot of confidence to his team-mates. I’ve never raced that late in the year. I’ve never had so many kilometres in my legs in the same season. I can’t wait to go home but I’ll go home happy because I came with the ambition of making the top 10, maybe the top 5 if I was being lucky, so to win here is beyond expectations".

After the stage, the Green Jersey, Mark Cavendish, said: "I was very happy to be in the Abu Dhabi Sports Council red jersey today. It was very nice to wear it. As a team, we had another good ride. Meksem Debesay has been riding at the front these last two days and he was able to compete with the best climbers uphill today. I’m happy to keep the green jersey and I hope to retain it tomorrow as well".

The White Jersey, Julien Bernard, said: "I usually manage to maintain a good level of fitness until the very end of the season, with not putting on weight or losing motivation, so the team decided to send me here, firstly to help Giacomo [Nizzolo] in the sprints, secondly to play my own cards on this climb. That’s what we did. I stayed under pressure till the Abu Dhabi Tour so I’m delighted to get the white jersey here today".

The Black Jersey, Jens Keukeleire, said: "I’m happy with one more day in the black jersey. But after two stages in the breakaway, I took an easy day today. I didn’t really want to go away again today. I had a look at who was making a move and it was ok for me to keep the black jersey".

Complete Results:

Photos

1 Tanel KANGERT Astana 3hr 31min 31sec
2 Nicolas ROCHE Sky @ 17sec
3 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 33
4 Diego ULISSI Lampre-Merida s.t.
5 Alberto CONTADOR Tinkoff 50
6 Vincenzo NIBALI Astana s.t.
7 Julien BERNARD Trek-Segafredo 52
8 Ben HERMANS BMC +1:19
9 Martijn TUSVELD Giant-Alpecin +1:28
10 Jesper HANSEN Tinkoff s.t.
11 Winner ANACONA Movistar s.t.
12 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto-Soudal +2:05
13 Daniel PEARSON Team Wiggins +2:09
14 Karol DOMAGALSKI ONE Pro Cycling +2:18
15 Jacopo MOSCA Trek-Segafredo +2:31
16 Davide REBELLIN CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
17 Dayer Uberney QUINTANA Movistar +2:43
18 Dion SMITH ONE Pro Cycling +2:55
19 Jens KEUKELEIRE Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
20 Alexander KOLOBNEV Gazprom-Rusvelo +3:38
21 Hayden MCCORMICK ONE Pro Cycling +3:40
22 Koen DE KORT Giant-Alpecin +4:04
23 Carlos VERONA Orica-BikeExchange +4:06
24 Tobias LUDVIGSSON Giant-Alpecin +4:36
25 Michael MATTHEWS Orica-BikeExchange +6:40
26 Mark CAVENDISH Dimension Data +8:45
27 Michael SCHÄR BMC +9:35
28 Siarhei PAPOK Minsk Cycling Club +12:18
29 Steele VON HOFF ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
30 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina s.t.
31 Youcef REGUIGUI Dimension Data s.t.
32 Christopher LATHAM Team Wiggins s.t.
33 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC s.t.
34 Eugert ZHUPA Wilier Triestina s.t.
35 Luka PIBERNIK Lampre-Merida s.t.
36 Michael O'LOUGHLIN Team Wiggins s.t.
37 Frederik FRISON Lotto-Soudal s.t.
38 Roman MAIKIN Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
39 Lukasz OWSIAN CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
40 Floris GERFS BMC s.t.
41 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
42 Magnus Cort NIELSEN Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
43 Jan HIRT CCC Sprandi Polkowice +12:23
44 Mitchell DOCKER Orica-BikeExchange +13:19
45 Giacomo NIZZOLO Trek-Segafredo +13:48
46 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR Movistar +14:17
47 Maciej PATERSKI CCC Sprandi Polkowice +14:28
48 Michal PALUTA CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
49 Jaber ALMANSOORI Al Nasr Dubai +14:56
50 Sander ARMEE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
51 Thomas DE GENDT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
52 Sergey FIRSANOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
53 Jesus HERNANDEZ Tinkoff s.t.
54 Jan POLANC Lampre-Merida s.t.
55 Andrey AMADOR Movistar +15:00
56 Gatis SMUKULIS Astana +15:14
57 Kiel REIJNEN Trek-Segafredo +15:29
58 Bernhard EISEL Dimension Data s.t.
59 Yauhen SOBAL Minsk Cycling Club +17:04
60 Kanstantsin KLIMIANKOU Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
61 Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
62 Zico WAEYTENS Giant-Alpecin +17:43
63 John DEGENKOLB Giant-Alpecin +17:47
64 Ramon SINKELDAM Giant-Alpecin +17:55
65 Andrea GUARDINI Astana +18:47
66 Elia VIVIANI Sky s.t.
67 Manuel BELLETTI Wilier Triestina s.t.
68 Yousef BANIHAMMAD Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
69 Marco COLEDAN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
70 Samuel WILLIAMS ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
71 Edward RAVASI Lampre-Merida s.t.
72 Chun Kai FENG Lampre-Merida s.t.
73 Ahmed ALMANSORY Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
74 Evgeny SHALUNOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
75 Artem NYCH Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
76 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal s.t.
77 Stanislau BAZHKOU Minsk Cycling Club +19:04
78 Sacha MODOLO Lampre-Merida +19:14
79 Jay Robert THOMSON Dimension Data +20:26
80 Kristian HOUSE ONE Pro Cycling +20:28
81 Tom BOHLI BMC +20:36
82 Oleksandr GOLOVASH Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
83 Mark RENSHAW Dimension Data s.t.
84 Alan BANASZEK CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
85 Michal KOLÁR Tinkoff +20:49
86 Badr MOHAMED ALHAMMADI Al Nasr Dubai +21:09
87 Valerio AGNOLI Astana +22:09
88 Majid ALBALUSHI Al Nasr Dubai +22:17
89 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina +23:04
90 Alessandro VANOTTI Astana s.t.
91 Danny VAN POPPEL Sky s.t.
92 Matteo DRAPERI Wilier Triestina s.t.
93 Nasser ALMEMARI Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
94 Anton IVASHKIN Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
95 Owain DOULL Sky s.t.
96 Andrew FENN Sky s.t.
97 Jonathan DIBBEN Team Wiggins s.t.
98 James Knox Team Wiggins s.t.
99 Andrew TENNANT Team Wiggins s.t.
100 Michal KWIATKOWSKI Sky +23:09
101 Niccolo BONIFAZIO Trek-Segafredo s.t.
102 Juraj SAGAN Tinkoff +23:21
103 Erik BASKA Tinkoff +23:25

GC after Stage 3:

1 Tanel KANGERT Astana 9hr 19min 44sec
2 Nicolas ROCHE Sky @ 21sec
3 Diego ULISSI Lampre-Merida 43
4 Vincenzo NIBALI Astana +1:00
5 Alberto CONTADOR Tinkoff s.t.
6 Julien BERNARD Trek-Segafredo +1:02
7 Ben HERMANS BMC +1:29
8 Martijn TUSVELD Giant-Alpecin +1:38
9 Winner ANACONA Movistar s.t.
10 Jesper HANSEN Tinkoff s.t.
11 Daniel PEARSON Team Wiggins +2:19
12 Karol DOMAGALSKI ONE Pro Cycling +2:28
13 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto-Soudal +2:32
14 Davide REBELLIN CCC Sprandi Polkowice +2:41
15 Jens KEUKELEIRE Orica-BikeExchange +2:53
16 Dayer Uberney QUINTANA Movistar s.t.
17 Dion SMITH ONE Pro Cycling +2:58
18 Alexander KOLOBNEV Gazprom-Rusvelo +3:45
19 Hayden MCCORMICK ONE Pro Cycling +3:50
20 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data +3:56
21 Carlos VERONA Orica-BikeExchange +4:16
22 Koen DE KORT Giant-Alpecin +4:49
23 Jacopo MOSCA Trek-Segafredo +6:34
24 Michael MATTHEWS Orica-BikeExchange +6:49
25 Tobias LUDVIGSSON Giant-Alpecin +7:05
26 Mark CAVENDISH Dimension Data +8:38
27 Michael SCHÄR BMC +9:45
28 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC +12:24
29 Christopher LATHAM Team Wiggins +12:25
30 Steele VON HOFF ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
31 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
32 Magnus Cort NIELSEN Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
33 Roman MAIKIN Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
34 Siarhei PAPOK Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
35 Michael O'LOUGHLIN Team Wiggins +12:27
36 Luka PIBERNIK Lampre-Merida +12:28
37 Floris GERFS BMC s.t.
38 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina s.t.
39 Eugert ZHUPA Wilier Triestina +12:39
40 Youcef REGUIGUI Dimension Data +13:14
41 Giacomo NIZZOLO Trek-Segafredo +13:44
42 Mitchell DOCKER Orica-BikeExchange +13:46
43 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR Movistar +14:46
44 Lukasz OWSIAN CCC Sprandi Polkowice +14:53
45 Jan HIRT CCC Sprandi Polkowice +14:59
46 Jaber ALMANSOORI Al Nasr Dubai +15:06
47 Jan POLANC Lampre-Merida s.t.
48 Sergey FIRSANOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
49 Jesus HERNANDEZ Tinkoff s.t.
50 Andrey AMADOR Movistar +15:10
51 Maciej PATERSKI CCC Sprandi Polkowice +15:52
52 Frederik FRISON Lotto-Soudal +16:57
53 Yauhen SOBAL Minsk Cycling Club +17:14
54 Michal PALUTA CCC Sprandi Polkowice +17:17
55 Kanstantsin KLIMIANKOU Minsk Cycling Club +17:28
56 John DEGENKOLB Giant-Alpecin +17:48
57 Ramon SINKELDAM Giant-Alpecin +18:02
58 Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV Gazprom-Rusvelo +18:13
59 Bernhard EISEL Dimension Data +18:28
60 Elia VIVIANI Sky +18:48
61 Andrea GUARDINI Astana +18:50
62 Yousef BANIHAMMAD Al Nasr Dubai +18:54
63 Chun Kai FENG Lampre-Merida +18:57
64 Edward RAVASI Lampre-Merida s.t.
65 Ahmed ALMANSORY Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
66 Manuel BELLETTI Wilier Triestina s.t.
67 Evgeny SHALUNOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
68 Marco COLEDAN Trek-Segafredo +19:12
69 Samuel WILLIAMS ONE Pro Cycling +19:14
70 Sacha MODOLO Lampre-Merida +19:37
71 Zico WAEYTENS Giant-Alpecin +19:47
72 Artem NYCH Gazprom-Rusvelo +19:49
73 Gatis SMUKULIS Astana +19:52
74 Thomas DE GENDT Lotto-Soudal +19:56
75 Sander ARMEE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
76 Alan BANASZEK CCC Sprandi Polkowice +20:46
77 Oleksandr GOLOVASH Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
78 Michal KOLÁR Tinkoff +20:56
79 Mark RENSHAW Dimension Data +20:57
80 Tom BOHLI BMC +21:07
81 Badr MOHAMED ALHAMMADI Al Nasr Dubai +21:19
82 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal +21:59
83 Stanislau BAZHKOU Minsk Cycling Club +22:20
84 Majid ALBALUSHI Al Nasr Dubai +22:27
85 Kristian HOUSE ONE Pro Cycling +22:34
86 Valerio AGNOLI Astana +23:01
87 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina +23:11
88 Anton IVASHKIN Minsk Cycling Club +23:14
89 Andrew FENN Sky s.t.
90 Kiel REIJNEN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
91 Juraj SAGAN Tinkoff +23:31
92 James Knox Team Wiggins s.t.
93 Erik BASKA Tinkoff +23:32
94 Matteo DRAPERI Wilier Triestina +23:35
95 Andrew TENNANT Team Wiggins s.t.
96 Jonathan DIBBEN Team Wiggins +23:45
97 Alessandro VANOTTI Astana +24:01
98 Jay Robert THOMSON Dimension Data +24:03
99 Danny VAN POPPEL Sky +24:34
100 Owain DOULL Sky +24:51
101 Niccolo BONIFAZIO Trek-Segafredo +27:16
102 Nasser ALMEMARI Al Nasr Dubai +27:43
103 Michal KWIATKOWSKI Sky +27:56

Stage 3 map and profile:

Stage 3map

Stage 3 map

Stage 3 profile

Stage 3 profile

Stage 3 photos

Team BMC

Team BMC is presented before the stage start. Sirotti photo

Mark CAvendish

Overnight race leader Mark Cavendish heads to the start line. Sirotti photo

Peloton

It's about time to race. Sirotti photo

Panorama

View of the final ascent. Sirotti photo

Panorama

Another view. Sirotti photo

Tanle Kangert

Tanel Kangert wins the stage and become the new GC leader. Sirotti photo

Nicolas roche

Nicolas Roche finished second. Sirotti photo

Mekseb Debesey and Diego Ulissi

Mekseb Debesey and Diego Ulissi were third and fourth. Sirotti photo.

Tanel kangert

Tanel Kangert is the new race leader. Sirotti photo.


Friday, Oct 21: Stage 2, Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi, 115 km

Stage 2 map & profile | Stage 2 photos

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish wins stage 2

The Race: Here's how winner Mark Cavendish's Dimension Data saw the stage.

Mark Cavendish showed his class on stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour by sprinting to the stage win and into the overall race leaders jersey in Abu Dhabi. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) finished in 2nd place and Andrea Gaurdini (Astana) was 3rd.

It was a short stage that greeted the Abu Dhabi Tour peloton on stage 2 with only 115km to be raced around the city streets of Abu Dhabi. Once again an early breakaway ramped up the speed of the stage with 6 riders going clear. As was the case yesterday, our African Team placed Mekseb Debesay on the front of the peloton from early on and the Eritrean went on to do a fantastic job today controlling the gap.

Working together with Giant-Alpecin and Trek-Segafredo, our African Team was able to keep the gap under the 3-minute mark. One would have thought that the other sprint teams would have then been interested in giving their fast men a chance at the win by contributing to the chase, but it was not to be. This nearly saw the leaders survive to the finish but thanks to the strength and persistence of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Giant-Alpecin and Trek-Segafredo the leaders were caught with 1km to go.

Team Sky and CCC Sprandi used fresh legs to lead out the sprint with their numbers advantage but Mark Renshaw did a fantastic job to bring Mark Cavendish into position at 300m to go. From there the Manxman could slip onto the wheel of Viviani just before the final right hand bend. Viviani hit out with the line in sight but Cavendish was able to come off his wheel with more speed and surged ahead to take a fine win.

The stage win saw Mark Cavendish move into the overall race lead as well as into the lead in the points jersey competition, after his 3rd place during yesterday’s stage.

Mark Cavendish – Rider: "I am really happy with today, to get the win after going so close yesterday. It was touch and go as to whether the break would be caught but the team rode hard up front. Mark gave me a good leadout, it was only going to be difficult because we didn’t have the full team at the end. Mark got me onto Sky before the last corner which was perfect because I was able to come around Elia Viviani to get the win."

Complete Results:

115 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.290 km/hr

Stage 2 photos

1 Mark CAVENDISH Dimension  Data 2hr 32min 21sec
2 Elia VIVIANI Sky s.t.
3 Andrea GUARDINI Astana s.t.
4 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina s.t.
5 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
6 Giacomo NIZZOLO Trek-Segafredo s.t.
7 Christopher LATHAM Team Wiggins s.t.
8 Michal KOLÁR Tinkoff s.t.
9 Steele VON HOFF ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
10 Magnus Cort NIELSEN Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
11 André GREIPEL Lotto-Soudal s.t.
12 Alan BANASZEK CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
13 Erik BASKA Tinkoff s.t.
14 Roman MAIKIN Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
15 Siarhei PAPOK Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
16 Yousef BANIHAMMAD Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
17 Jens KEUKELEIRE Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
18 Chun Kai FENG Lampre-Merida s.t.
19 Alexander KOLOBNEV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
20 Andrew FENN Sky s.t.
21 Dion SMITH ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
22 Luka PIBERNIK Lampre-Merida s.t.
23 Ben HERMANS BMC s.t.
24 Michael O'LOUGHLIN Team Wiggins s.t.
25 Floris GERFS BMC s.t.
26 Michael SCHÄR BMC s.t.
27 Diego ULISSI Lampre-Merida s.t.
28 Carlos VERONA Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
29 Matteo DRAPERI Wilier Triestina s.t.
30 John DEGENKOLB Giant-Alpecin s.t.
31 Nicolas ROCHE Sky s.t.
32 Yauhen SOBAL Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
33 Davide REBELLIN CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
34 Hayden McCORMICK ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
35 Edward RAVASI Lampre-Merida s.t.
36 Gatis SMUKULIS Astana s.t.
37 Anton IVASHKIN Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
38 Sacha MODOLO Lampre-Merida s.t.
39 Daniel PEARSON Team Wiggins s.t.
40 Martijn TUSVELD Giant-Alpecin s.t.
41 Jaber ALMANSOORI Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
42 Tanel KANGERT Astana s.t.
43 Ahmed ALMANSORY Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
44 Jan POLANC Lampre-Merida s.t.
45 Winner ANACONA Movistar s.t.
46 Nasser ALMEMARI Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
47 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC s.t.
48 Michael MATTHEWS Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
49 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto-Soudal s.t.
50 Frederik FRISON Lotto-Soudal s.t.
51 Sergey FIRSANOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
52 Dayer Uberney QUINTANA Movistar s.t.
53 Alberto CONTADOR Tinkoff s.t.
54 Vincenzo NIBALI Astana s.t.
55 James Knox Team Wiggins s.t.
56 Jesper HANSEN Tinkoff s.t.
57 Julien BERNARD Trek-Segafredo s.t.
58 Ramon SINKELDAM Giant-Alpecin s.t.
59 Andrey AMADOR Movistar s.t.
60 Karol DOMAGALSKI ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
61 Mitchell DOCKER Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
62 Manuel BELLETTI Wilier Triestina s.t.
63 Andrew TENNANT Team Wiggins s.t.
64 Badr MOHAMED ALHAMMADI Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
65 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina s.t.
66 Juan Jose LOBATO Movistar s.t.
67 Jesus HERNANDEZ Tinkoff s.t.
68 Majid ALBALUSHI Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
69 Evgeny SHALUNOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
70 Oleksandr GOLOVASH Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
71 Juraj SAGAN Tinkoff s.t.
72 Samuel WILLIAMS ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
73 Tom BOHLI BMC s.t.
74 Kanstantsin KLIMIANKOU Minsk Cycling Club @ 14sec
75 Eugert ZHUPA Wilier Triestina s.t.
76 Mark RENSHAW Dimension  Data s.t.
77 Owain DOULL Sky s.t.
78 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR Movistar 19
79 Thomas DE GENDT Lotto-Soudal 21
80 Sander ARMEE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
81 Valerio AGNOLI Astana s.t.
82 Marco COLEDAN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
83 Artem NYCH Gazprom-Rusvelo 31
84 Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
85 Jonathan DIBBEN Team Wiggins 34
86 Koen DE KORT Giant-Alpecin 35
87 Youcef REGUIGUI Dimension  Data s.t.
88 Michal PALUTA CCC Sprandi Polkowice 39
89 Alessandro VANOTTI Astana 47
90 Tobias LUDVIGSSON Giant-Alpecin 48
91 Bernhard EISEL Dimension  Data +1:01
92 Francisco José VENTOSO Movistar +1:09
93 Maciej PATERSKI CCC Sprandi Polkowice +1:14
94 Danny VAN POPPEL Sky +1:20
95 Zico WAEYTENS Giant-Alpecin +1:33
96 Kristian HOUSE ONE Pro Cycling +1:35
97 Jan HIRT CCC Sprandi Polkowice +2:09
98 Lukasz OWSIAN CCC Sprandi Polkowice +2:25
99 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal +2:45
100 Niccolo BONIFAZIO Trek-Segafredo s.t.
101 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension  Data +3:06
102 Jay Robert THOMSON Dimension  Data s.t.
103 Michal KWIATKOWSKI Sky s.t.
104 Kiel REIJNEN Trek-Segafredo s.t.
105 Jacopo MOSCA Trek-Segafredo s.t.
106 Stanislau BAZHKOU Minsk Cycling Club s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

262 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 45.159 km/hr

1 Mark CAVENDISH Dimension  Data 5hr 48min 6sec
2 Giacomo NIZZOLO Trek-Segafredo @ 4sec
3 Jens KEUKELEIRE Orica-BikeExchange 5
4 Elia VIVIANI Sky 8
5 John DEGENKOLB Giant-Alpecin s.t.
6 Andrea GUARDINI Astana 10
7 Dion SMITH ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
8 Christopher LATHAM Team Wiggins 14
9 Jean-Pierre DRUCKER BMC s.t.
10 Michal KOLÁR Tinkoff s.t.
11 Magnus Cort NIELSEN Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
12 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina s.t.
13 Steele VON HOFF ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
14 Roman MAIKIN Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
15 Erik BASKA Tinkoff s.t.
16 Yousef BANIHAMMAD Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
17 Siarhei PAPOK Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
18 Alexander KOLOBNEV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
19 Ramon SINKELDAM Giant-Alpecin s.t.
20 Michael MATTHEWS Orica-BikeExchange 16
21 André GREIPEL Lotto-Soudal 17
22 Alan BANASZEK CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
23 Floris GERFS BMC s.t.
24 Luka PIBERNIK Lampre-Merida s.t.
25 Diego ULISSI Lampre-Merida s.t.
26 Hayden McCORMICK ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
27 Nicolas ROCHE Sky s.t.
28 Ben HERMANS BMC s.t.
29 Chun Kai FENG Lampre-Merida s.t.
30 Michael SCHÄR BMC s.t.
31 Tanel KANGERT Astana s.t.
32 Greg VAN AVERMAET BMC s.t.
33 Jan POLANC Lampre-Merida s.t.
34 Anton IVASHKIN Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
35 Carlos VERONA Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
36 Jaber ALMANSOORI Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
37 Davide REBELLIN CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
38 Vincenzo NIBALI Astana s.t.
39 Dayer Uberney QUINTANA Movistar s.t.
40 Michael O'LOUGHLIN Team Wiggins s.t.
41 Juan Jose LOBATO Movistar s.t.
42 Edward RAVASI Lampre-Merida s.t.
43 Andrew FENN Sky s.t.
44 Yauhen SOBAL Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
45 Winner ANACONA Movistar s.t.
46 Martijn TUSVELD Giant-Alpecin s.t.
47 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina s.t.
48 Daniel PEARSON Team Wiggins s.t.
49 Alberto CONTADOR Tinkoff s.t.
50 Julien BERNARD Trek-Segafredo s.t.
51 Juraj SAGAN Tinkoff s.t.
52 Ahmed ALMANSORY Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
53 Jesper HANSEN Tinkoff s.t.
54 Sergey FIRSANOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
55 Andrey AMADOR Movistar s.t.
56 Karol DOMAGALSKI ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
57 Evgeny SHALUNOV Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
58 Manuel BELLETTI Wilier Triestina s.t.
59 Majid ALBALUSHI Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
60 Jesus HERNANDEZ Tinkoff s.t.
61 Badr MOHAMED ALHAMMADI Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
62 Oleksandr GOLOVASH Minsk Cycling Club s.t.
63 Mark RENSHAW Dimension  Data 28
64 Eugert ZHUPA Wilier Triestina s.t.
65 Sacha MODOLO Lampre-Merida 30
66 Kanstantsin KLIMIANKOU Minsk Cycling Club 31
67 Jelle WALLAYS Lotto-Soudal 34
68 James Knox Team Wiggins s.t.
69 Mitchell DOCKER Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
70 Samuel WILLIAMS ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
71 Marco COLEDAN Trek-Segafredo 35
72 Carlos Alberto BETANCUR Movistar 36
73 Matteo DRAPERI Wilier Triestina 38
74 Andrew TENNANT Team Wiggins s.t.
75 Tom BOHLI BMC s.t.
76 Jonathan DIBBEN Team Wiggins 48
77 Koen DE KORT Giant-Alpecin 52
78 Valerio AGNOLI Astana 59
79 Youcef REGUIGUI Dimension  Data +1:03
80 Alessandro VANOTTI Astana +1:04
81 Artem NYCH Gazprom-Rusvelo +1:09
82 Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV Gazprom-Rusvelo +1:16
83 Francisco José VENTOSO Movistar +1:26
84 Maciej PATERSKI CCC Sprandi Polkowice +1:31
85 Danny VAN POPPEL Sky +1:37
86 Owain DOULL Sky +1:54
87 Zico WAEYTENS Giant-Alpecin +2:11
88 Kristian HOUSE ONE Pro Cycling +2:13
89 Tobias LUDVIGSSON Giant-Alpecin +2:36
90 Lukasz OWSIAN CCC Sprandi Polkowice +2:42
91 Jan HIRT CCC Sprandi Polkowice +2:43
92 Michal PALUTA CCC Sprandi Polkowice +2:56
93 Bernhard EISEL Dimension  Data +3:06
94 Jelle VANENDERT Lotto-Soudal +3:19
95 Stanislau BAZHKOU Minsk Cycling Club +3:23
96 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension  Data +3:34
97 Jay Robert THOMSON Dimension  Data +3:44
98 Jacopo MOSCA Trek-Segafredo +4:10
99 Niccolo BONIFAZIO Trek-Segafredo +4:14
100 Gatis SMUKULIS Astana +4:45
101 Nasser ALMEMARI Al Nasr Dubai +4:46
102 Frederik FRISON Lotto-Soudal s.t.
103 Michal KWIATKOWSKI Sky +4:54
104 Thomas DE GENDT Lotto-Soudal +5:07
105 Sander ARMEE Lotto-Soudal s.t.
106 Kiel REIJNEN Trek-Segafredo +7:52

Stage 2 map & Profile: pan-flat course

Stage 2 map

Stage 2 map

Stage 2 profile

Stage 2 profile

Stage 2 photos:

Davide Rebellin

Still racing after all these years. Davide Rebellin, who turned pro in 1992, heads for the start. Sirotti photo

Diego U;lissi

Diego Ulissi. Sirotti photo

Peloton start

The peloton assembles to start the stage. Sirotti photo

PEloton

Here they come.... Sirotti photo

Stage finish

Cavendish looks to be about dead even with the others. Sirotti photo

Mark Cavendish

But he's just a little bit faster. Sirotti photo

Mark Cavendish

And takes the stage. Sirotti photo

Mark Cavendish

Cavendish has taken both the stage and the race lead. Sirotti photo

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador finsihes the stage. The Tinkoff team riders are wearing retro kits this race. Sirotti photo.

Mark CAvendish

Cavendish gets the race leader's red jersey. Sirotti photo


Thursday, Oct 20: Stage 1, Madinat Zayed - Madinat Zayed, 147 km

Stage 1 map and profile | Stage 1 photos

Giacomo Nizzolo

Giacomo Nizzolo wins stage 1

The Race: Here's the race story from winner Giacomo Nizzolo's Trek-Segafredo team.

The blustery winds made for a sketchy ending to stage one in the Abu Dhabi Tour Thursday, a perfect scenario for Giacomo Nizzolo, one of the best positioning unpredictable bunch finishes, and he easily held off John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) to take the win.

"This is the best way to start this race," smiled Nizzolo. "After the Worlds on Sunday I said let's go to Abu Dhabi and see if I can get one victory more, and we did it!

"There was the last real corner 1.2 kilometers to go and then a roundabout with 700 meters to go, and I asked the team to put me in a good position there. From the roundabout, I just managed by myself, and I started my sprint from 200-220 meters to go. I felt power, and I was confident to reach the line first, and that's how it went."

A four-man breakaway, leading from the early going, animated the final kilometers of the flat 147-kilometer race, holding over 2 minutes' advantage with 17 kilometers to go and sounding alarms in the pursuing peloton.

Not about to leave anything to chance, even with a stiff headwind facing the riders in the run-in, Trek-Segafredo added the fast legs of Niccolo Bonifazio to the chase, leaving Kiel Reijnen and Marco Coledan to help position Nizzolo in the finale.

"When I saw that the gap was so big and so close to the finish I decided to put another guy into helping with the chase," explained Nizzolo. "To have no doubts we decided to help pull, and in the end, it was the right choice. I am very happy, and of course a big thanks to all my team, and we will try and keep the jersey tomorrow."

Trek-Segafredo takes the red leader's jersey into stage two tomorrow, also projected to end in a bunch sprint.

Complete Results:

Stage 1 photos

147 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.004 km/hr

1 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek-Segafredo 3hr 15min 59sec
2 John Degenkolb Giant-Alpecin s.t.
3 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
4 Magnus Cort Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
5 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins s.t.
6 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
7 Roman Maykin Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
8 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
9 Jempy Drücker BMC s.t.
10 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin s.t.
11 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
12 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
13 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins s.t.
14 Andrea Guardini Astana s.t.
15 Yousif Mirza Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
16 Elia Viviani Team Sky s.t.
17 Jakub Mareczko Wilier Triestina s.t.
18 Siarhei Papok Minsk Cycling s.t.
19 Alexandr Kolobnev Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
20 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
21 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal @ 3sec
22 Juan José Lobato Movistar s.t.
23 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
24 Danny van Poppel Team Sky s.t.
25 Alan Banaszek CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
26 Francisco Ventoso Movistar s.t.
27 Floris Gerts BMC s.t.
28 Greg Van Avermaet BMC s.t.
29 Vincenzo Nibali Astana s.t.
30 Diego Ulissi Lampre-Merida s.t.
31 Nicolas Roche Team Sky s.t.
32 Tanel Kangert Astana s.t.
33 Luka Pibernik Lampre-Merida s.t.
34 Dáyer Quintana Movistar s.t.
35 Jan Polanc Lampre-Merida s.t.
36 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
37 Stanislau Bazhkou Minsk Cycling s.t.
38 Filippo Pozzato Wilier Triestina s.t.
39 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff s.t.
40 Jaber Almansory Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
41 Eugert Zhupa Wilier Triestina s.t.
42 Ben Hermans BMC s.t.
43 Anton Ivashkin Minsk Cycling s.t.
44 Michael Matthews Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
45 Alessandro Vanotti Astana s.t.
46 Jens Keukeleire Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
47 Michael Schär BMC s.t.
48 Koen de Kort Giant-Alpecin s.t.
49 Maciej Paterski CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
50 Davide Rebellin CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
51 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
52 Chun Kai Feng Lampre-Merida s.t.
53 Carlos Verona Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
54 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.
55 Alberto Contador Tinkoff s.t.
56 Edward Ravasi Lampre-Merida s.t.
57 Lukasz Owsian CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
58 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
59 Evgeniy Shalunov Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
60 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
61 Majid Albalooshi Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
62 Andrey Amador Movistar s.t.
63 Michael O'Loughlin Team Wiggins s.t.
64 Yauheni Sobal Minsk Cycling s.t.
65 Sergey Firsanov Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
66 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
67 Manuel Belletti Wilier Triestina s.t.
68 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
69 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff s.t.
70 Carlos Betancur Movistar s.t.
71 Ahmed Almansory Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
72 Oleksandr Golovash Minsk Cycling s.t.
73 Bader Mirza Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
74 Kanstantsin Klimiankou Minsk Cycling s.t.
75 Andrew Fenn Team Sky s.t.
76 Mekseb Debesay Dimension Data +14''
77 Youcef Reguigui Dimension Data s.t.
78 Sacha Modolo Lampre-Merida +16''
79 Mitch Docker Orica-BikeExchange +20''
80 Jelle Wallays Lotto-Soudal s.t.
81 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal s.t.
82 Jan Hirt CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
83 James Knox Team Wiggins s.t.
84 Samuel Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
85 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +24''
86 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
87 Matteo Draperi Wilier Triestina s.t.
88 Zico Waeytens Giant-Alpecin s.t.
89 Valerio Agnoli Astana s.t.
90 Artem Nych Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
91 Tom Bohli BMC s.t.
92 Andrew Tennant Team Wiggins s.t.
93 Andrei Solomennikov Gazprom-Rusvelo +31''
94 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo +50''
95 Niccolò Bonifazio Trek-Segafredo +1' 15''
96 Owain Doull Team Sky +1' 26''
97 Tobias Ludvigsson Giant-Alpecin +1' 34''
98 Michal Kwiatkowski Team Sky s.t.
99 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +1' 51''
100 Michal Paluta CCC Sprandi Polkowice +2' 03''
101 Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal +4' 32''
102 Frederik Frison Lotto-Soudal s.t.
103 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
104 Gatis Smukulis Astana s.t.
105 Naser Al Memari Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
106 Sander Armée Lotto-Soudal s.t.

GC after Stage 1:

1 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek-Segafredo 3hr 15min 49sec
2 John Degenkolb Giant-Alpecin @ 4sec
3 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +6''
4 Jens Keukeleire Orica-BikeExchange +7''
5 Dion Smith ONE Pro Cycling +9''
6 Magnus Cort Orica-BikeExchange +10''
7 Christopher Latham Team Wiggins s.t.
8 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
9 Roman Maykin Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
10 Marco Coledan Trek-Segafredo s.t.
11 Jempy Drücker BMC s.t.
12 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin s.t.
13 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
14 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins s.t.
16 Andrea Guardini Astana s.t.
17 Yousif Mirza Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
18 Elia Viviani Team Sky s.t.
19 Jakub Mareczko Wilier Triestina s.t.
20 Siarhei Papok Minsk Cycling s.t.
21 Alexandr Kolobnev Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
22 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
23 Michael Matthews Orica-BikeExchange +12''
24 André Greipel Lotto-Soudal +13''
25 Juan José Lobato Movistar s.t.
26 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
27 Danny van Poppel Team Sky s.t.
28 Alan Banaszek CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
29 Francisco Ventoso Movistar s.t.
30 Floris Gerts BMC s.t.
31 Greg Van Avermaet BMC s.t.
32 Vincenzo Nibali Astana s.t.
33 Diego Ulissi Lampre-Merida s.t.
34 Nicolas Roche Team Sky s.t.
35 Tanel Kangert Astana s.t.
36 Luka Pibernik Lampre-Merida s.t.
37 Dáyer Quintana Movistar s.t.
38 Jan Polanc Lampre-Merida s.t.
39 Stanislau Bazhkou Minsk Cycling s.t.
40 Filippo Pozzato Wilier Triestina s.t.
41 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff s.t.
42 Jaber Almansory Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
43 Eugert Zhupa Wilier Triestina s.t.
44 Ben Hermans BMC s.t.
45 Anton Ivashkin Minsk Cycling s.t.
46 Alessandro Vanotti Astana s.t.
47 Michael Schär BMC s.t.
48 Koen de Kort Giant-Alpecin s.t.
49 Maciej Paterski CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
50 Davide Rebellin CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
51 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
52 Chun Kai Feng Lampre-Merida s.t.
53 Carlos Verona Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
54 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.
55 Alberto Contador Tinkoff s.t.
56 Edward Ravasi Lampre-Merida s.t.
57 Lukasz Owsian CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
58 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
59 Evgeniy Shalunov Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
60 Martijn Tusveld Giant-Alpecin s.t.
61 Majid Albalooshi Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
62 Andrey Amador Movistar s.t.
63 Michael O'Loughlin Team Wiggins s.t.
64 Yauheni Sobal Minsk Cycling s.t.
65 Sergey Firsanov Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
66 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
67 Manuel Belletti Wilier Triestina s.t.
68 Daniel Pearson Team Wiggins s.t.
69 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff s.t.
70 Carlos Betancur Movistar s.t.
71 Ahmed Almansory Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
72 Oleksandr Golovash Minsk Cycling s.t.
73 Bader Mirza Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
74 Kanstantsin Klimiankou Minsk Cycling s.t.
75 Andrew Fenn Team Sky s.t.
76 Mekseb Debesay Dimension Data +24''
77 Youcef Reguigui Dimension Data s.t.
78 Sacha Modolo Lampre-Merida +26''
79 Mitch Docker Orica-BikeExchange +30''
80 Jelle Wallays Lotto-Soudal s.t.
81 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Soudal s.t.
82 Jan Hirt CCC Sprandi Polkowice s.t.
83 James Knox Team Wiggins s.t.
84 Samuel Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
85 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +34''
86 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
87 Matteo Draperi Wilier Triestina s.t.
88 Zico Waeytens Giant-Alpecin s.t.
89 Valerio Agnoli Astana s.t.
90 Artem Nych Gazprom-Rusvelo s.t.
91 Tom Bohli BMC s.t.
92 Andrew Tennant Team Wiggins s.t.
93 Andrei Solomennikov Gazprom-Rusvelo +41''
94 Jacopo Mosca Trek-Segafredo +1' 00''
95 Niccolò Bonifazio Trek-Segafredo +1' 25''
96 Owain Doull Team Sky +1' 36''
97 Tobias Ludvigsson Giant-Alpecin +1' 44''
98 Michal Kwiatkowski Team Sky s.t.
99 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +2' 01''
100 Michal Paluta CCC Sprandi Polkowice +2' 13''
101 Gatis Smukulis Astana +4' 41''
102 Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal +4' 42''
103 Frederik Frison Lotto-Soudal s.t.
104 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
105 Naser Al Memari Al Nasr Dubai s.t.
106 Sander Armée Lotto-Soudal s.t.

Stage 1 map and profile:

Stage 1 map

Stage 1 map

Stage 1 profile

Stage 1 profile

Stage 1 photos:

Andre Greipel

André Greipel at the start. Sirotti photo

Giacomo Nizzolo

Giacomo Nizzolo. Sirotti photo

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet is ready to race. Sirotti photo

Panorama

Racing in the desert. Sirotti photo

Stage 1 sprint

Here they come....Sirotti photo

Stage 1 sprint

Giacomo Nizzolo just about has it nailed. Sirotti photo

Stage 1 sprint

And he gets it. Sirotti photo

Giacomo Nizzolo

Time to celebrate

Giacomo Nizzolo

Nizzolo get the leader's red jersey. Sirotti photo


Start list, October 12, 2016:

• Al Nasr Dubai

Yousif Mirza, Ahmed Al Mansoori, Jaber Al Mansoori, Majid Al Balooshi, Badr Al Hammadi, Khalil Hadad (DS)

• Tinkoff

Alberto Contador, David Ballerini, Erik Baska, Jesper Hansen, Michal Kolar, Juraj Sagan, Lars Michaelsen (DS)

• Astana Pro Team

Vincenzo Nibali, Jakob Fuglsang, Andrea Guardini, Valerio Agnoli, Tanel Kangert, Gatis Smukulis, Alexandr Shefer (DS)

• Team Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins, Scott Davies, Jonathan Dibben, Christopher Latham, Michael Pearson, Andrew Tennant, Simon Cope (DS)

• Team Sky

Elia Viviani, Owain Doull, Andrew Fenn, Michal Kwiatkowski, Nicholas Roche, Danny Van Poppel, Brett Lancaster (DS)

• BMC Racing Team

Greg Van Avermaet, Michael Schar, Tom Bohli, Jean Pierre Drucker, Floris Gerts, Ben Hermans, Yvon Ledanois (DS)

• Team Dimension Data

Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, Youcef Reguigui, Mark Renshaw, Kristian Sbaragli, Jay Robert Thomson, Jean-Pierre Heynderickx (DS)

• Movistar Team

Andrey Amador, Winner Anacona, Carlos Betancur, Juan Jose Lobato, Dayer Quintana, Francisco Ventoso, Jose Garcia (DS)

• Lampre-Merida

Diego Ulissi, Sacha Modolo, Jan Polanc, Feng Chun-kai, Marko Kump, Edward Ravasi, Mario Scirea (DS)

• Orica BikeExchange

Michael Matthews, Luka Mezgec, Carlos Verona, Magnus Cort, Jens Keukeleire, Mitchell Docker, Laurenzo Lapage (DS)

• Lotto Soudal

Andre Greipel, Thomas De Gendt, Marcel Sieberg, Jelle Van Endert, Jelle Wallays, Frederik Frison, Mario Aerts (DS)

• Team Giant-Alpecin

John Degenkolb, Koen De Kort, Tobias Ludvigsson, Ramon Sinkeldam, Martijn Tusveld, Zico Waeytens, Mattias Reck (DS)

• Trek-Segafredo

Giacomo Nizzolo, Piet Allegaert, Julien Bernard, Marco Coledan, Jacopo Mosca, Kiel Reijnen, Adriano Baffi (DS)

• CCC Sprandi Polkowice

Davide Rebellin, Alan Banaszek, Jan Hirt, Lukasz Owsian, Michal Paluta, Maciej Paterski, Gabriele Missaglia (DS)

• Gazprom-Rusvelo

Sergey Firsanov, Alexander Foliforov, Alexandr Kolobnev, Roman Maikin, Artem Nych, Egveny Shalunov, Renat Khamidulin (DS)

• Minsk Cycling Club

Stanislau Bazhkou, Oleksandr Holovash, Anton Ivashkin, Kanstantsin Klimiankou, Siarhei Papok, Yauheni Sobal, Natallia Tsylinskaya (DS)

• One Pro Cycling

Karol Domagalski, Kristian House, Hayden McCormick, Dion Smith, Steele Von Hoff, Samuel Williams, Matthew Winston (DS)

• Wilier Triestina-Southeast

Jakub Mareczko, Julen Amezqueta, Manuel Belletti, Matteo Busato, Filippo Pozzato, Eugert Zhupa, Serge Parsani (DS)