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Abu Dhabi Tour #1: Cavendish crashes out on stage 1

Concussion rules Mark Cavendish out of Abu Dhabi Tour
Alexander Kristoff (UAE – Team Emirates) won the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, sprinting to the stage win ahead of Andrea Gaurdini (Bardiani -CSF) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott).

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was dealt a massive blow even before racing truly got underway on stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Mark Cavendish was involved in a crash in the neutral zone. It seemed the race director’s car slowed suddenly as it led the peloton out of Madinat Zayed, the reaction in the peloton saw 4 riders, including our Manxman, go down.

Unfortunately Cavendish had to abandon the Abu Dhabi Tour as a result of the crash. “Mark sustained a concussion and a whiplash injury after his crash today. Due to the concussion, we were not willing to risk rider safety and the call was made for Mark to stop the race. A serious neck injury has been excluded in hospital. He currently has some concussive symptoms and neck pain, but is otherwise stable. We will monitor Mark’s condition closely going forward.” explains Team Doctor, Dr Adrian Rotunno.

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Cavendish & Dimension Data eröffnen 2018 Gewinnkonto in Dubai

Team Dimension Data für Qhubekas Mark Cavendish zeigte einen großartigen Sprint, um die dritte Etappe der Dubai Tour zu gewinnen. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) wurde Zweiter und Marcel Kittel (Katusha) musste sich mit Platz 3 begnügen.

Die dritte Etappe der Dubai Tour war erneut ein Sprint-Fest, bei dem die schnellsten Fahrer der Welt in Fujairah auf die Strecke gingen. Mark Cavendish bewies, dass er der Schnellste von allen war, mit einer beeindruckenden Beschleunigung über die letzten 200 Meter der 180-Kilometer-Etappe und sicherte dem afrikanischen Team den Etappensieg.

Es war ein stetiger Anstieg bis zum Sprint Finale, mit einem 4-Fahrer frühen Break durch 7 Minuten. Einige stürmische Windbedingungen führten zu einer Aktion des Pelotons, wobei sich die Hauptgruppe in zwei Teile spaltete. Dieses erhöhte Tempo ließ die Flüchtlinge in kürzester Zeit gefangen. Als der Wind jedoch nachließ, nahm auch das Tempo des Rennens zu und das Peloton formierte sich auf den letzten 60 km neu.

Team Dimension Daten für Qhubeka machten sich für den finalen Run-in in die Stadt bemerkbar, wobei Mekseb Debesay und Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier an der Spitze des Rennens eine gute Tempoeinstellung vornahmen. Auf den letzten 8km spielte jedes afrikanische Teammitglied seine Rolle, um Cavendish am Ende des Rennens in Position zu halten. Einer nach dem anderen trennten sich Jay Thomson, Julien Vermote, Bernie Eisel und Mark Renshaw, als ihre Arbeit beendet war, und Cavendish schloss die letzten 800 Meter ab.

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Lineup & Preview: Tour of Austria

On Sunday, July 2, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka lines up for Tour of Austria with a strong and very motivated team ready to fight for glory every day.

The opening stage of the race is a short prologue. However, despite its distance of only 800 meters, it’s far from easy. The riders climb all the way from the start to the finish in Graz, tackling an ascent with an average gradient of over 10 %. The next day, the sprinters will have a chance to shine as the peloton heads into Vienna for an expected bunch sprint in the Austrian capital. Two undulating finishes then follow before it’s time for the queen stage of the race.

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Enrico Barbin breaks the ice for Bardiani CSF

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*photos by Le Tour de Langkawi 2017
MUAR : Just like Mekseb Debesay and Ryan Gibbons in the two previous stages, Italy’s Enrico Barbin opened his professional account at the 2017 Le Tour de Langkawi as he claimed his first victory at the age of 26 in Muar. He outsprinted Australia’s Anthony Giacoppo of IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness and his compatriot Filippo Pozzato from Wilier Triestina to deliver Bardiani CSF’s first win of the year and their first stage victory at LTdL since Filippo Pozzato won solo in Kuantan in 2012.

The Italian squad managed by the Reverberis, father and son, is the oldest participant to LTdL, having made their first appearance as Scrigno in 1998 with five stage wins that year including the first ever as a pro for Alessandro Petacchi. Their organization is also the most successful in terms of stage victories in the history of the Malaysian premier stage race as Barbin bagged their 35th while Gianni Savio’s team now called Androni is second on the tally with 24, followed by the currently named Wilier Triestina outfit with 16.

“It’s an honour for me to become part of this history”, Barbin declared. “I was feeling well and my whole team too [his team-mate Lorenzo Rota was up the road for most of the stage along with Colombia’s Wilmar Paredes and Hong Kong’s Ronald Yeung who was awarded the daily prize of most combative rider]. I’m not fast enough to beat the fastest sprinters here but I took advantage of them. Through the radio, we had perfect explanation of the finale and where the wind was blowing from so it was a question of getting the best position over the bridge and anticipate the sprint with 300 metres to go.”

“We were working for [stage 3 winner Jakub] Mareczko”, Pozzato explained. “But Unitedhealthcare attacked in the wind after the bridge. Kuba followed them but it was a bit far away from the line. Barbin has been smart accelerating from behind. I went after him but I got blocked for a little while and when I resumed my sprint with no speed it was too difficult and too late.”

As much as Pozzato replaced Mareczko due to sprinting circumstances, Giacoppo found himself as a substitute for Scott Sunderland. “We were going for Scott”, the Western Australian said, “but he got caught out of position in the last corner so I went myself. When we caught Mareczko, I hesitated a bit. Maybe I should have kept going.”

“Safety first was at the back of my mind but I definitely wanted to be in the sprint”, commented Gibbons who retained the yellow jersey.

“Going over the bridge when we turned right, we were behind Unitedhealthcare but we lost the wheels and four of their riders and Mareczko got away. I spent all my energy trying to close the gap because I didn’t want to lose any time on the UHC rider who is high on GC [Daniel Jaramillo]. I brought the peloton with me but when the proper sprint started I already made my effort so I just focused on not crashing.”

“Today was the first day in the Tour that I wasn’t at 100%. Normally I feel good racing in the rain but I only found my legs in the third hour. Maybe the rain was a little factor. There was no real stress though. I see two more sprint opportunities. It would be really good to bring the yellow jersey home.” He concluded.

Stage 7 from the historical city of Melaka to Rembau will be 148km long with three climbs in the finale.

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Debesay torments Cameron in the Cameron Highlands

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*photos by Le Tour de Langkawi 2017

CAMERON HIGHLANDS : Dimension Data continued its winning streak with Eritrea’s Mekseb Debesay coming first atop the mythical Cameron Highlands, beating Australia’s Cameron Bayly by the length of a bike while Ryan Gibbons, third on the line only four seconds later, retained the yellow jersey and therefore gave the South African outfit a good chance to become the first team to win three Le Tour de Langkawi in a row after Youcef Reguigui and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg did so in 2015 and 2016.

“This is my first big victory”, reacted Debesay who only joined the WorldTour giants last year. “We rode together with my team-mates all day. The finale was quite hard but I followed some good riders and I outsprinted them. It was always my childhood dream in Africa to become a successful professional cyclist. It’s a dream come true now. I’ve been inspired by my compatriots Daniel Teklehaimanot and Natnael Berhane. They’re my heroes and I want to ride the Grand Tours like them in the same way I did today.”

Bayly of IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness moved up to second overall as he finished right behind Debesay and ahead of a group of nine riders who surge atop the final climb and comprised hot favourites Egan Bernal and Daniel Jaramillo as well as race leader Gibbons. “This is definitely a good result”, Bayly analyzed. “I’m a little bit disappointed to get second and not to win, being so close, but at the end of the day I was just not quick enough for the sprint. There were quite a few attacks before.

The Androni team was really aggressive. Bernal was very strong. I attacked with 1.5km to go. The Dimension Data rider came to wheel. I had to lead the sprint out. It’s good to be second on GC. We’ve got another four stages to go with a few of our riders in the top ten. We’ll try to shake things out, we’re not gonna leave it.”

Gibbons who expected to be in yellow for the last time saved his jersey and became the favourite for the overall classification as he’s got potential to improve his lead throughout the time bonuses in the upcoming sprints. “I’m more shocked than you guys are to still lead the race”, the South African said.

“A group of guys rode away but my team mates kept looking back and saw that I was coming across. Thankfully they didn’t put the pace on. They did a good job making sure that I was still up there. Jacques Janse van Rensburg brought me back to the front a few times. Nothing in my history proved that I could climb that well. This is new for me. I was not bluffing. It’s a surprise for me that I’ve been able to stay up there.”

Stage 5 from Meru Raya to Kuala Kubu Bahru, close to Kuala Lumpur, on a distance of 151.5km, should suit the sprinters.

Organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia and managed by Ciclista Sports Sdn Bhd, the 22nd edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from 22 February to 1 March, 2017 is set to cover more than 1,200km over 8 stages, the UCI 2.HC (hors category) race featuring again as one of the biggest events on the UCI Asia Tour calendar.

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Jakub Mareczko gewinnt vor Filippo Pozzato die 3.Etappe der Tour de Langkawi

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PANTAI REMIS: Jakub “Kuba” Mareczko gab Wilier Triestina seinen ersten Sieg der Saison 2017 in der 3. Etappe von Le Tour de Langkawi bei Pantai Remis am Tag nach seinem Teamkollegen Filippo Pozzato in der Nähe. Der verkleinerte italienische Outsprint-Stadium 1-Sieger Scott Sunderland, der in die Führung der Punkte Klassifizierung bewegt, während Ryan Gibbons von Südafrika das gelbe Trikot vor der Königsetappe behalten, um die Cameron Highlands.

“Endlich habe ich das Eis gebrochen”, kommentierte Mareczko. “Das ganze Team war vorbereitet um mich zum Sieg zu bringen. Ich danke meinen Teamkollegen dafür. Pozzato, [Alberto] Cecchin und [Rafael] Andriato zerrten mich zu den ersten Positionen des Pelotons und ich konnte meinen Sprint mit 400 Metern starten. ”

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Tanel Kangert wins Stage 3, Strata Stage, of Abu Dhabi Tour and takes Red Jersey

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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.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) 150km in 3h31’31”, average speed 42.549km/h
2 – Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) at 17″
3 – Mekseb Debesay (Team Dimension Data) at 33″

JERSEYS

RED JERSEY, sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (General Classification by time) – Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team)
GREEN JERSEY, sponsored by Nation Towers (General Classification by points) – Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data)
WHITE JERSEY, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports (Best Young Rider, born after 1 January 1991) – Julien Bernard (Trek – Segafredo)
BLACK JERSEY, sponsored by Etihad (Intermediate Sprint Classification) – Jens Keukeleire (Orica – BikeExchange)
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team)
2 – Nicola Roche (Team Sky) at 21″
3 – Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida) at 43″
4 – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 1’00″
5 – Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) s.t.

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Rekord-Profi-Feld beim 40. „Rund um Sebnitz“ – Slowene Andi Bajc siegt!


Andi Bajc (Slowenien) vom österreichischen Team Amplatz – BMC gewinnt die 40. Austragung des Radklassikers. Rekordstarterfeld von 112 aus 11 Nationen.

Bei einsetzendem Regen löste sich bereits in der zweiten Runde die entscheidende 10 Fahrer starke Ausreißergruppe. Vor allem die beiden Amateure vom ostdeutschen Ur-Krostitzer Giant Team bestimmten von Beginn an die Gruppe. Kletterstark sicherte sich Mathias Wiele die Bergwertung, welche auf dem Rundkurs 16 Mal bezwungen werden musste.

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