Mark Cavendish revealed the official jerseys that will debut on October 8th on the podium of Madinat Zayed, after the first Stage of the first edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour. The four-stage race, covering a distance of 555km, will take place between October 8-11 and and is categorised as a 2.1 race. which is the third tier of UCI, the governing body of cycling’s, races.
The jerseys are designed and made by the iconic brand Castelli, specialist of technical wear for cycling. The jersey is cut in a close-to-the-body anatomical shape for maximum aerodynamic performance when the peloton head into dusty crosswind sections.
The four different jerseys have the colors of the UAE flag:
Sponsored by the ‘Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)’
Points Classification Leader
Sponsored by ‘Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC)’
Best Young Rider Classification Leader
Sponsored by ‘The National’, Abu Dhabi’s English language newspaper
Intermediate Sprint Classification Leader
Sponsored by ‘Etihad Airways’.
I’m honoured to be here today in the role of Official Ambassador. This is an important step on the road to the debut Abu Dhabi Tour. Jerseys are the symbols of our sport: the colours and meanings behind them are very important. I definitely like these colours and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s choice. I will be focused more on red and green but I am very curious of black, an unusual colour in the international cycling circuit. I hope to reach the podium after the first stage in Madinat Zayed.
said Mark Cavendish.
After the conference Mark Cavendish was with the media as they tested the new garments on the Yas Marina F1 Circuit, open to bikes every Tuesday evening thanks to the TrainYAS program. The ride was a preview: the final sprint of the Abu Dhabi Tour takes place right here at night, under the floodlights of the F1 Circuit after 20 laps of 5.5km each.
The 30 year old has already enjoyed success in the UAE, having won the second staging of the Dubai Tour earlier this year in February with the Etixx-Quick Step team as he finished six seconds ahead of German John Degenkolb after winning two of the four stages.