Phil Bauhaus wins Stage 3, Nation Towers Stage,
of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Elia Viviani retains the Red Jersey
Abu Dhabi (Al Marina), 23 February 2018 – The German rider Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) won Stage 3 of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour, from Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi (Al Marina – 133km), in a bunch sprint. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), fourth on the finish line, retains the lead in the General Classification. On the podium he was rewarded with the race leader’s Red Jersey, sponsored by Al Maryah Island, and also the points leader’s Green Jersey, sponsored by Emirates Post.
1 – Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) 133km in 3h02’55”, average speed 43.626km/h
2 – Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) s.t.
3 – Pascal Ackermann (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.
4 – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
5 – Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton – Scott ) s.t.
The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Al Maryah Island (General individual classification by time) – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by Emirates Post (General individual classification by points) – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1993) – Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Etihad Airways (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom – Rusvelo)
1 – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
2 – Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) at 3″
3 – Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) at 3″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner Phil Bauhaus said: “It’s hard to expect a win in such a star-studded field of sprinters but I knew I had a very good team here. I also knew I worked really well at home before coming to Abu Dhabi so my goal was to make the podium once or win a stage. I’m really happy it worked out today. It’s a relief for the team to get the first win of the year. I hope it continues like this tomorrow with Tom Dumoulin and Wilco Kelderman in the time trial and the last stage.”
Race leader Elia Viviani, said: “We did a good job again as a team with lead out men Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Sabatini. We came out of the last corner at the front. But in this Abu Dhabi Tour, the win is always a factor. It was another head wind sprint. Bauhaus had the strength to come from the back. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, we have to accept it. However, I’m happy with my team again today.”
Press conference interviews and further details to follow.
Stage 4 – Al Maryah Island Stage (Individual Time Trial – 12.6km)
Split time: km 7.1
First rider start: Approx. 13:15
Last rider finish: Approx. 15:45
Race Headquarters: Yas Events Centre, Yas Island, Entrance Gate 20, Yas West Entrance
Stage 4’s 12.6km Individual Time Trial is held entirely on wide and mostly straight roads with relatively broad bends. The U-turn and time check point are at km 7.1.
The last section is on wide roads with broader bends and a perfect surface. The final 350m stretch is on tarmac.
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