After 5 profitable years because the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour, the brand new, mixed UAE Tour was formally unveiled at Yas Marina Circuit on Thursday.
The solely WorldTour race within the Middle East, organised by Dubai Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Sharjah Sports Council, in partnership with RCS Sport, will happen from Sunday, February 24 to Saturday, March 2 2019.
The inaugural UAE Tour’s seven levels will embrace all seven Emirates. The first three levels might be hosted by Abu Dhabi, the fourth by Dubai, Sharjah and Ras-al-Khaimah, the fifth stage crosses Sharjah, Ras-al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The sixth is in Ajman, Umm-al-Quwain and Ras-al-Khaimah, whereas the final stage sees a return to Dubai.
The UAE Tour has a complete distance of 1,090km with a significant elevation gain of round 4,500 metres, principally concentrated into levels three, 4 and 6.
Eighteen WorldTour groups plus two UCI Professional Continental Teams are set to start out the race. With every team comprising seven riders, a complete of 140 athletes will line up at Al Hudayriat Island for the opening stage Team Time Trial.
Among them are among the world’s most interesting riders including six-time Grand Tour champion Chris Froome.
The Briton – beginning a UAE race for the first time – goes head-to-head with Vincenzo Nibali, Tom Dumoulin, Alejandro Valverde, Elia Viviani and Marcel Kittel.
The new race is a mixture of technically totally different levels, open to all types of riders, with the all-rounders most certainly to win the general General Classification class.
It begins on Sunday 24th February in Abu Dhabi’s Al Hudayriat Island with the ADNOC Stage (16km), the very first Team Time Trial opening the Middle East WorldTour race.
The second stage, the Abu Dhabi Stage (184km), might be a tour of the capital, beginning in Yas Island and passing via Khalifa Port, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Corniche before finishing on the Big Flag.
The following day, the peloton will begin the Al Ain Stage (177km) from the Al Ain UAE University before dealing with the first UAE Tour peak: the 1,025m Jebel Hafeet, which incorporates a most gradient of 11%.
February 27th sees the fourth and longest stage of the UAE Tour, the Dubai Municipality Stage (205km). Its route is a tribute to the traditional Dubai Tour “Queen stage”, ranging from The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah and finishing with the quick, sharp rise of Hatta Dam, climbing 200m on gradients starting from 12% to a most of 17%.
The subsequent day, the Sharjah Stage (181km), runs from Flag Island to Khor Fakkan, from Arabian Gulf to Oman Gulf, from the desert to the ocean – and is prone to culminate in a bunch dash.
New options are packed into the sixth day, the RAK Properties Stages (180km), when, for the first time, the peloton will journey among the many Jais Mountains. 150km after the beginning in Ajman, the climbers and puncheurs will fight for basic classification on the 20km-long uphill end of Jebel Jais, with its 5% common gradients.
The Grand Finale, on March 2 delivers a spectacular parade solely within the metropolis of Dubai. The Dubai Stage (145km) begins at Dubai Safari Park and finishes on the City Walk district with what’s expected to be a bunch dash.
The UAE Tour jerseys might be supplied by one of many biking trade’s main manufacturers, Castelli, the provider for each the Dubai and the Abu Dhabi Tours.
The 4 totally different jerseys are made utilizing a high-tech cloth equipped by SITIP that’s each UV-protective and permits for a really speedy fee of heat dissipation.
There are 4 colors, one for every classification, beginning with essentially the most prestigious: pink, for the chief of the overall classification.
General Classification: worn every day, ranging from stage 2, by the chief of the General Classification by time.
Points Classification: worn every day, ranging from stage 2, by the quickest sprinter, who has obtained the very best positions in every stage and intermediate sprints.
Young Rider Classification: worn every day, ranging from stage 2, by the very best younger rider born after 1st January 1994 within the general classification (U25), the identify to be careful for sooner or later.
Intermediate Sprint Classification: worn every day, ranging from stage 2, by the rider who gained extra Intermediate Sprint Points than every other rider.