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Abu Dhabi Tour : Stage 1
By Mark Sharon
Date: 2/21/2018
Abu Dhabi Tour : Stage 1
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February 19, 2018

Kristoff takes opener in Abu Dhabi, Cavendish withdraws after neutral zone crash.

Stage 1 : Madinat Zaya to Adnoc School (189km)

Alexander Kristoff started as a he left off at last weekeds Tour of Oman with a stage win, beating Andrea Guardini (Bardiani-CSF) and Caleb Ewan (Michleton Scott).

The winner and Red JerseyAlexander Kristoffsaid: 的 felt good in Dubai, I came close to winning, I felt good again in the hills in Oman but I had to wait for the last stage of Oman to win my first race of the season. I wanted to make a three week block of racing in the Middle East because I知 usually good after a Grand Tour. It痴 part of my build up to the classics. Normally, a race like today with tailwind and headwind but very few crosswinds it's noteasy for me to beat all the pure sprinters but the slightly uphill end suited me. I got to the front after I lost my lead-out man, Roberto Ferrari. Even if Caleb Ewan is low on his bike and offers no draft, I managed to pass him, I was happy to do so and I was relieved when I crossed the line first. I知 delighted to ride with the Red Jersey tomorrow. I値l have another two chances for a bunch sprint finish but the GC is more important for the team. However, the time trial makes it more difficult for us to win the Abu Dhabi Tour this year but we値l try.

Pre-race favourite for stage wins, Mark Cavendish, had to withdraw before the race even officiallly started after a crash in hte neuttral zone. The race directors car suddenyl braked causing several riders to run inot the back of it. Cavendish landed on the shoulder he had dmaged on several previous occasions. If the shulder damage hadn't necessitated an examination but he also suffered concussion.

Kristoff wins Stage 1 Abu Dhabi

Stage 1 Video Highlights

Kristoff wins Stage 1 ゥ Abu Dhabi Tour/RSC Sport

Stage 1 Results

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