Die fünf Topfahrer von Nakheel – Palm Jumeirah: Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish, Elia Viviani, John Degenkolb,
Und Yousif Mirza
Dubai, 30. Januar 2017 – Fünf Vertreter des Pelotons zu Beginn der Dubai-Tour 2017 sprachen heute mit den Medien im offiziellen Dubai-Tour-Headquarter. Der hochkarätige Bundestrainer Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), der Dubai Tour-Gewinner Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), Elia Viviani (Team Sky), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) und Yousif Mirza (Vereinigte Arabische Emirate Abu Dhabi) wurden von HE beigetreten Saeed Hareb, Generalsekretär im Sportzentrum von Dubai. Die offizielle Startliste ist ab sofort verfügbar.
Marcel Kittel sagte: “Dubai war immer ein guter Platz für mich zu Rennen, vor allem im vergangenen Jahr mit meinem neuen Team. Es war großartig, den GC zu gewinnen, also ist es etwas Besonderes, wieder zu kommen. Ich kann nur sagen, dass ich ein gutes Zeittraining gehabt habe und der Moment gekommen ist, um herauszufinden, ob ich wieder in der richtigen Form für das Gewinnen bin. ”
2016 ABU DHABI TOUR TOP RIDERS’ PRESS CONFERENCE
Riders’ biographies and quotes. Download stunning pictures from the UAE’s capital.
Abu Dhabi, 19 October 2016 – The press conference was opened by the Official Abu Dhabi Tour Ambassador, Mark Cavendish. In attendance alongside the Manxman were Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Italy), seven time overall Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador (Spain), the duo of puncheurs John Degenkolb (Germany) and Michael Matthews (Australia), sprinter André Greipel (Germany), Rio 2016 gold medalists Elia Viviani (Omnium) from Italy and Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet (Individual Road Race), Costa Rican rider Andrey Amador and local hero Yousif Mirza, the highest profile rider in the UAE.
Before the press conference, the attending riders took time to have a photo session on the beach in front of Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi. You can download the pictures from the link below.
Top riders photo gallery
1) Mark Cavendish (British Isles – Team Dimension Data) Abu Dhabi Tour Official Ambassador
The world’s most successful sprinter ever and 2011 UCI Road World Champion Mark Cavendish, 31, added four Tour de France stage victories this year to his account to make it 30 up to date, only four down on all-tine record holder Eddy Merckx. A points classification winner in all three Grand Tours, he also wore the yellow jersey for the first time this year and claimed his first ever Olympic medal with the silver in the omnium track race, before finishing second at the UCI Road World Championships – just a bike’s length away from reclaiming his title.
Cavendish said: “I’m proud to be the ambassador of the Abu Dhabi Tour, and event that has incredible sponsors and a great future, being elevated to one of the pinnacle races in cycling already for next year. The caliber of riders here is similar to the Tour de France.”
2) Vincenzo Nibali (ITA – Astana Pro Team)
Vincenzo Nibali, 31, nicknamed “The Shark”, was already one of the six riders who won all three Grand Tours (France, Italy, Spain) in the history of cycling before he won the Giro d’Italia once again this year, as well as the Tour of Oman.
Nibali said: “Abu Dhabi is a fantastic location with a great hotel to host us. This is only my third race after my accident at the Olympics, following the Tre Valli Varesine and the Tour of Almaty. I’m looking to regain good race condition.”
Abu Dhabi, 19 October 2016 – The official start list of the second edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour is revealed. It includes 18 teams, 11 of which are from the WorldTour, with a total number of 107 riders.
Among the starters are the Official Abu Dhabi Tour Ambassador, the Manxman Mark Cavendish, the Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Italy), the seven-time overall Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador (Spain), the duo of puncheurs John Degenkolb (Germany) and Michael Matthews (Australia), the sprinter André Greipel (Germany), two gold medalists from Rio 2016, the Italian Elia Viviani (Omnium) and the Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (Individual Road Race), the Costa Rican rider Andrey Amador and the local hero Yousif Mirza, the highest profile rider in the UAE.
Abu Dhabi, 17 October 2016 – Following the UCI Road World Championship brilliantly won by Peter Sagan in Doha so narrowly ahead of Abu Dhabi Tour Official Ambassador Mark Cavendish, a great week of cycling is expected in the United Arab Emirates with the second edition of the UCI Cycling Gala and the second Abu Dhabi Tour just around the corner.
A special event to celebrate the end of the UCI professional road cycling season and its stakeholders, the UCI Cycling Gala will take place in the evening of 18 October at St-Regis Abu Dhabi in the presence of Peter Sagan and other big names.
Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali, Greg Van Avermaet, André Greipel, Elia Viviani, Cavendish, Andrey Amador, Michael Matthews, John Degenkolb and Yousif Mirza will attend the top riders press conference on 19 October. They’re part of the prestigious start list of the Abu Dhabi Tour featuring four stages from 20 to 23 October. 18 teams have signed up: 11 UCI WorldTeams (Astana Pro Cycling, BMC Racing Team, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Soudal, Movistar Team, Orica-BikeExchange, Team Dimension Data, Team Giant – Alpecin, Team Sky and Trek – Segafredo), four UCI Professional Teams (CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Gazprom-RusVelo, One Pro Cycling and Willier Triestina – Southeast), three UCI Continental Teams (Nasr Dubai, Minsk Cycling Club and Team Wiggins).
The Abu Dhabi Tour features three stages likely to favour the sprinters and one uphill finish with a spectacular grand finale on the Yas Marina motor racing circuit on Sunday night. The event will be part of the UCI WorldTour from 2017 onwards.