Abu Dhabi Tour – Who are the favorites?

The international cycling race in Abu Dhabi gets underway today, October 8. It is a race spanning 555 kilometers to be completed in four stages, ending October 11.

Italian professional road bicycle racers Vincenzo Nibali and Aru are in line-up for the Astana team; they are sure to be two of the favorites to secure overall victory, as both are in good physical shape, tells The National in a post.

Of course, other stars (like Peter Sagan, Marcel Kittel, Michael Matthews, and Tom Dumoulin, among other riders) are competing at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour; so, they are too considered equal favorites to win. Mark Cavendish, for one, a well-known race sprinter and recent winner of the 2015 Dubai Tour, who is the Abu Dhabi Tour Ambassador will participate. He too is a favorite for the race victory himself.

The Abu Dubai Tour sees the participation of 18 teams; two of them are Dubai Sky Dive and UAE National Team. Each team will have six riders, making 108 riders competing in the event.

This contest is up for grabs; all cyclists are hoping to ride to victory, Wearing the different leader’s jerseys (time-based or point-based) early in the Tour is the objective.

The riders will compete fiercely to win, but the competition for the overall race is a team effort. While a riders’ objective is winning, it takes teammates to set him up for a sprint to the finish.

Bicycle racing is typically a team sport that uses tactics and strategies; only organized teams will be able to succeed in the development of breakaways. The act of attacking repeatedly to wear down the peloton, as some of the riders will do, allows acceleration designed to separate a rider from the pack and ideally set a fierce pace for the race.

In bike racing, timing is everything! One can expect that Abu Dhabi Tour 2015 will experience some faster-paced riding.

Sprinters have the advantage as 3 of the 4 stages are favored to them, whereas one stage is finishing uphill after a 750m climb with gradients touching 12%; it will probably be decisive for the General Classification. Such a hill climb, in fact, could perhaps leave top sprinters behind.

Time will tell, the saying goes, who will win a stage or a single-day race. Be sure to tune in (along with worldwide viewers) to see who will be on the podium at the end of the Tour.

The Abu Dhabi Tour (#RideToAbuDhabi), organized by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with the UAE Cycling Federation and RCS Sports and Events, is pro cycling’s debut in the UAE capital territory and brings the presence of the world’s best riders. One can expect the Tour to begin a new era for UAE cycling; thus, pleasing especially for those that enjoys the sport.

The athletes from the SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team have trained hard, in recent months, and are now ready to ride to compete in the Abu Dhabi Tour. Do come out to support them.

Team members competing will be:

  • Rafaa Chtioui
  • Soufiene Haddi
  • Paco Mancebo
  • Andrea Palini
  • Mansoor Ali Thani
  • Mohammed Al Murawwi

Ricardo Martins, team manager for the Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team, said, “Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team will be at the start with the ambition and responsibility of representing, together with the UAE National Team, our cycling and show how much its growing in both, quality and quantity (number of athletes).”

Whatever the outcome of the Abu Dhabi Tour, it will be a great race!

Abu Dhabi Tour - Who are the favorites?

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