Everything is ready in Abu Dhabi to hold the Professional Cycling Tour that brings the world’s best teams and riders who will participate in the inaugural race from October 8 to 11.
There will be 18 teams, which include ten World and five Professional Continental Teams consisting of six riders that will race at the Abu Dhabi Tour.
Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru, two professional Italian cyclers from the Astana Pro Team (Kazakhstan), will take part in the Tour as well as many other well-known riders around the world who are in the 2015 UCI ranking, like the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, the former Belgian World Champion Philippe Gilbert.
The new World Champion Peter Sagan will also participate, as well as Mark Cavendish, to name a few more of the elite riders who will enter into the race.
The first edition of the UAE capital race, will take place under the guidance of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the UAE Cycling Federation.
The four-stage race covers a distance of 555 km; it is categorized as a 2.1 race, which is the third tier of UCI, the governing body of cycling’s, races.
Attending as a spectator you can easily have a glimpse of the racers in the final stage where it will be held on a circuit race around the Yas Marina motor-racing track, which is the home of the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The programme is as follows:
Stage 1 – Qasr Al Sarab › Madinat Zayed (175km) – The stage is dedicated to the sprinters
Stage 2 – Abu Dhabi Yas Marina › Abu Dhabi Marina Island (130k) – Again, a mass sprint is expected
Stage 3 – Al Ain › Jebel Hafeet (140k) – The Mountain stage
Stage 4 – Yas Marina (110k) – The entire stage takes place at night, under the floodlights of the Yas Marina Circuit, with cyclists doing 20 laps around the 5.5km circuit.
Immediately afterwards, there will be the Abu Dhabi Bicycle Parade in the same circuit.
All those who are fond of cycling are invited to take part in the parade; free reign to the imagination, colored or set up your bike and share your experience with photos and video.
Lorenzo Giorgetti, CEO of RCS Sports and Events, who is one of the race organizers believes it will be something to look forward to that will close the Abu Dhabi Tour.
Join the Parade Yas Marina Circuit on 11 October 2015; it is sure to be a ride that will appeal to all manner of cyclists that will take to the roads in pleasure. It is a fast-moving festival full of entertainment that brings colours, music, fun and cycling.
Later on that evening, there will be the “International Cycling Gala” to celebrate the completion of the 2015 World Tour. The UCI Gala will take to place at the Yas Marina Formula One circuit on Sunday, October 11.
It will feature an award ceremony to reward the individual, team and national winners, said Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of the ADSC.