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2018 Dubai Tour expected to produce some great sprint finishes

DubaiTour jpgThe 2018 Dubai Tour will be taking place from the 6th - 10th February. The 5th edition of the professional five-stage cycling competition, is organised by the Dubai Sports Council in partnership with RCS sport and Events JLT. The race hosts well known names and high calibre athletes from all around the world with 16 teams invited to the 2018 race, including nine WorldTour teams, five Professional Continental teams, the Mitchelton-BikeExchange Continental team, and a UAE national team. 


Now in its fifth year, the race will consist of five stages in a showcase of Dubai. All stages of the 2018 race will start at the Skydive Dubai. 


Nakheel Stage One: Tuesday, 6th February: Skydive Dubai-Palm Jumeirah (167kms) will begin within the city realms before looping in to the desert and returning to Palm Jumeirah for what is likely to be a sprint finish on Tuesday, 6th February (Skydive Dubai-Palm Jumeirah 167kms).

Ras Al Khaimah Stage Two: runs through the United Arab Emirates – taking the peloton through Sharjah, Ajman and Umm al Quwain to before a finish in Ras al Khaimah on Wednesday, 7th February (Skydive Dubai-Ras Al Khaimah 190kms)

Fujairah Stage Three: travels the Arabian Peninsula, climbing to 500 metres, but it’s still likely to be a sprint finish provided the fast guys can stick with it on the ascents and that’s Thursday, 8th February (Skydive Dubai-Fujairah 190kms) 

Dubai Municipality Stage Four: gets hillier, especially towards the end of the 172kms course. There’s a summit finish at the end of a kilometre climb, but it’s still Dubai – so the steepest ramps are 17 % and that will be on Friday, 9th February (Skydive Dubai-Hatta Dam 172kms)

Meraas Stage Five: the conclusion returns to the flat lands and finishes within the Dubai city on Saturday, 10th February (Skydive Dubai-City Walk 132kms)


DubaiTourFeb jpgAll stages include time bonuses on the line, as well as intermediate sprints, which are likely to be highly sought after.


The last edition of the Dubai Tour achieved several records: it was the fastest and longest ever, with an average speed of 45.588kms/h and a total length of 691kms; the most successfully broadcasted (182 countries all over the world, +17% compared to 2016, +64% to 2015), the richest in terms of online articles published (over 4,000 during race days only) and, for the first time, visiting six different Emirates. The 2017 edition was the first Dubai Tour with a back-to-back victory in the overall classification (thanks to the German rider Marcel Kittel), it was the first time that the peloton sprinted in Ras Al Khaimah and the first time that a stage had to be cancelled due to the bad weather.


The race’s five-day program includes the traditional Top Riders press conference on the afternoon of Monday, February 5th, followed by the Opening Ceremony in the early evening at Skydive Dubai. 


Among the new features of the upcoming Dubai Tour, its start venue is the most significant. After four years at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the headquarter, the official fan village and everything related to the start procedures will be hosted by Skydive Dubai, the well known skydiving location in the Mina Seyahi area between Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence.


Dubai Sports Council General Secretary, H.E. Saeed Hareb showed the full program and the new route to a City Walk audience in December 2017, which highlighted the results of five years of work: He announced “In just four editions the Dubai Tour increased in all the aspects. We added a race day, we visited the surrounding Emirates, we increased the stages’ length and we can see the results on our roll of honour: names like Taylor Phinney, Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel certify our results, at least in sporting terms.”


In total, sixteen teams have been invited – nine UCI WorldTour Teams, five UCI Professional Continental Teams, one UCI Continental Team and one UAE National Team.


Teams invited are: 

Astana Pro Team (Kaz)

Bahrain-Merida (Brn)

BMC Racing Team (USA)

Quick-Step Floors (Bel)

Team Dimension Data (RSA)

Team Katusha Alpecin (Sui)

Team Lotto NL-Jumbo (Ned)

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

Aqua Blue Sport (Irl)

Confidis, Solutions Credits (Fra)

Rally Cycling (USA)

Team Novo Nordisk (USA)

Wilier Triestina-Sella Italia (Ita)

Mitchelton-Bikeexchange (Chn)

UAE National Team (UAE)


Past winners

2016: Marcel Kittel

2015: Mark Cavendish

2014: Taylor Phinney


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