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.
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″
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)
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.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner Tenel Kangert said: „It was very interesting racing today, I presume the TV spectators have enjoyed it! There was everything: crosswind, sprinting, positioning before climbing… Our plan was to arrive fresh for the last climb. We knew before the start we had two climbers here, Vincenzo and myself. If I had a good day, I could be also there. Vincenzo told me yesterday that I’d have a chance but I also needed to have the legs to do that. Nicolas Roche was a bit more tired than I was. I was afraid of the headwind in the finale but luckily, the wind direction changed and there was nothing to stop me.“
Press conference interviews and further details to follow.
TOMORROW’S STAGE: Stage 4 – YAS ISLAND STAGE / YAS MARINA CIRCUIT (143KM)
The final stage is entirely on Yas Island. There are 26 laps on the Yas Marina Circuit, each of 5.5km with three Intermediate Sprints as we count down to the finale. The first Intermediate Sprint is at lap 11, with 15 laps to go; the second at 10 laps to go and the last Intermediate Sprints with just five laps to go. Last year during the Yas Island Stage, for the first time ever in a men’s professional road race, live on-board bike camera footage was made available and used for live television race coverage.
On the perfect tarmac of a 5.5km race circuit with wide roads and large, sweeping bends. The final 250 metres are on straight, flat asphalt.
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From the official online pressroom the media can download high resolution pictures of the 2016 race, the various press conferences, the opening ceremony and the UCI Cycling Gala. In order to download the pictures, just go to http://pressroom.rcssport.it/ (username: press / password: press), select “Scarica contenuti/Download contents” on the top right, choose “2016” from the menu on the left, then “Ciclismo”, and then “Abu Dhabi Tour”. The photos are free of charge for editorial use, as long as both the Abu Dhabi Tour and the photographer’s name is quoted.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA / PERI – ZENNARO
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