February 26, 2017
Rui Costa wins the Abu Dhabi Tour. Caleb Ewan fights back from crashes and embarrassment to win the final stage raced entirely on the Yas Marina Circuit .
Rui Costa has ben crowned champion at the Abu Dhabi Tour 2017 after finishing safely at the end of rain-soaked Stage 4. Caleb Ewan outpaced Mark Cavenish and Andre Greipel to take the stage and restore his pride after his premature celebration on Stage 2 led to Marcel Kittel pipping him on the line.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the Abu Dhabi Tour winner Rui Costa said: “The course was very complicated and difficult especially with the rain. I'm very relieved to win this race for our sponsors and I would like to thank our management.”
The stage winner, Caleb Ewan, said: “I guess I started this race on a real low with that crash and then I finished on an absolute high. After stage 2 I'm really happy to repay my team with a win. They did a great job, we started working early and we knew on this course which were the important corners. They controlled the race from 15km out and no one really came past us from that moment on. If you really want to be on top you need to beat Kittel, Cavendish and Greipel and for me beating them all here... I'm over the moon with that.”
Race Video Highlights
1 - Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi)
2 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 4"
3 - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 16"
4 - Bauke Mollema (Trek - Segafredo) at 38"
5 - Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) at 53"
1 - Caleb Ewan (Orica - Scott) 143km in 3h03’36”, average speed 46.859km/h
2 - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) s.t.
3 - Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Al Maryah Island (General individual classification by time) - Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by Nation Towers (General individual classification by points) - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1992) - Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Etihad Airways (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Patrick Konrad (Bora - Hansgrohe)
Stage 3 and GC Results in Full