Madinat Zayed, 21 February 2018 – The European road champion Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) won the opening stage of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour, starting and finishing in Madinat Zayed (189km), in a bunch sprint and took the lead in the General Classification. On the podium he was rewarded with the first race leader’s Red Jersey, sponsored by Al Maryah Island, and also the points leader’s Green Jersey, sponsored by Emirates Post.
1 – Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) 189km in 4h48’24”, average speed 39.320km/h
2 – Andrea Guardini (Bardiani CSF) s.t.
3 – Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton – Scott) s.t.
The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Al Maryah Island (General individual classification by time) – Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by Emirates Post (General individual classification by points) – Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1993) – Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton – Scott)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Etihad Airways (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom – Rusvelo)
1 – Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – Andrea Guardini (Bardiani CSF) at 4″
3 – Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton – Scott) at 6″
Russian Pro-Continental cycling team Gazprom – RusVelo announced the final roster for 2018. The team was reinforced with three more signings of young talented riders: Evgeny Kobernyak, Stepan Kurianov and Alexander Vlasov.
This year Kobernyak and Kurianov were competing in the development team of Gazprom – RusVelo and proved to be valuable riders, who are ready for the new professional challenge. In the recent years, Alexander Vlasov was a rider of one of the Italian cycling squads and showed impressive results at several prestigious races. That’s what he said about signing the contract with the team: “I am glad to start my professional career at Gazprom – RusVelo. This is definitely a big step up in my life, which requires hard and continuous work. Speaking about the team, the atmosphere is very friendly and I am sure I won’t have any problems with adaptation because I am acquainted with most of the riders and employees of the squad. I am thankful to Gazprom – RusVelo for the faith they have placed in me and I will do everything possible to forge ahead and justify the given honor.”
General Manager of Gazprom – RusVelo Renat Khamidulin reflects on changes for the upcoming season: “We announce the new team roster for 2018, which was reinforced with young talented athletes. This is a new generation of riders, which has been grown in our system. Soon they will grow into strong and stable professionals, claiming victories for Gazprom – RusVelo and the Russian national team.