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Round of Abu Dhabi is looking for a successor to Rui Costa

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The Tour of Abu Dhabi Wednesday on the hallway shot with a sprintersetappe that start and arrive in Madinat Zayed. The contest, which last year joined the WorldTour, but to its fourth edition and is only for the second time in February organized. Last year, the new Rui Costa to the winner, even now he is of the party. He must deal with Alejandro Valverde, Miguel Angel Lopez, Ilnur Zakarin, Fabio Aru, Wilco Kelderman, Tom Dumoulin, to name but a few names.

The contest was expanded this year, from four to five stages, and the queen’s stage is now on the end, in the final stage on Sunday. That is the only stage with arrival uphill, on Jebel Hafeet, after a climb from 10.8 km, at an average of 6.6 percent. Furthermore, in the first three days of the same sprintersetappes and follows on Saturday, a time trial over 11.8 km.

Grab fast men

Just as the Tour of Dubai can the Round of Abu Dhabi to extract a firm number of participants to the sprinters: Mark Cavendish, the record-holder with three victories in the race and in the Tour of Dubai is already good for one victory this season, and also Marcel Kittel, still looking for a victory. Also André Greipel, who was good for double stage win in the Tour Down Under, Elia Viviani, winner of two stages and ended in the Round of Dubai, Alexander Kristoff, to the party at the final stage in the Tour of Oman, and the Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan, who this year already two times was allowed to cheer.

The battle for the gc will be settled in the time trial and the mountain stage. Tom Dumoulin for the first time this season at races and last year was third in the final standings. Now there’s a time trial is added, it seems the Dutchman is still more likely to have on the race, though, he pushed himself Wilco Kelderman as klassementsrenner forward. Furthermore, it can be expected that Alejandro Valverde and Miguel Angel Lopez will be mixing, just like Fabio Aru, second in 2015, and Ilnur Zakarin, the second of last year. Rui Costa last year, was again the winner in the race for his sponsor UAE Team Emirates is so important and who knows, it might also Julian Alaphilippe surprise.

(belga)

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