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Dubai Tour
« on: December 14, 2016, 08:21 »
Dubai Tour 2017[1]

Of the many new features in the upcoming Dubai Tour, scheduled from January 31 to February 4, the most significant is that for the first time it’s a five-stage race. This will satisfy the requests of the riders, who are happy to extend their stay in the Emirate, ride further (a total of 865km, 194 more than the 2016 edition) and have more chance of a stage victory. The 2017 race will open the Middle East season with Dubai as the frontrunner in a quartet of races, all in February.

To present this and more news, mainly related to the route, was H.E. Saeed Hareb, Dubai Sports Council General Secretary, who explained to the media, sponsors and guests attending the public show at City Walk, the race’s five-day program. "The 2017 Dubai Tour will be a very special edition because of the new additional competition day. The extra stage allows us to better explore the surrounding territories. Lengthening the riders’ stay in Dubai keeps the media and fans’ interest in the event alive for longer. These are key to our strategy and the sponsors are rewarding this vision. I take this opportunity to thank all of them, along with all the governmental authorities that allow us to perform the Dubai Tour show again."


On the first day, the 181km Nakheel Stage, the route will take in some typical Dubai landmarks including the Al Qudra bike path where the teams usually do their last preparations on the eve of Dubai Tour, and the Camel Track, home of the traditional races. Then there are some of the city’s most ambitious construction projects: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Jumeirah Islands and finally, Palm Jumeirah, a world-renowned icon of Dubai, and the traditional seat of a sprint over the waterfront in front of the Atlantis “door”.

The following day, February 1, the Ras Al Khaimah Stage sees the peloton ride through four different Emirates: Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah. On a flat route near the coast we discover the Dubai Design District, the Sharjah University and the Al Marjan Island complex, the shaped coral archipelago of four artificial islands: Breeze, Treasure, Dream and View Island.

The third stage, the Dubai Silicon Oasis Stage, from Dubai to Al Aqah, is another new feature for the 2017 Dubai Tour. Last February the Fujairah seafront witnessed the victory of Marcel Kittel in a compelling sprint. In 2017, however, the peloton will continue on the Fujairah coast that overlooks the Indian Ocean until Al Aqah.

The fourth stage, the Westin Stage, is a modern classic through the deserts of Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, to reach Hatta Dam. There are two climbs up to a 11% gradient before the finale to the dam itself. The short stretch of about 200 meters has always rewarded the puncheurs but, despite the inclination from 12% to 17%, never upset the general classification. It's certainly an iconic stage and features the most beautiful, dramatic landscape.

The last day, the Meraas Stage, will be a spectacular parade of 124km entirely in the city of Dubai. Along the way the peloton will celebrate the most famous monuments and landmarks: firstly the astonishing Meydan Racecourse, home of the world’s richest horse race (Dubai World Cup), then the family-oriented Mushrif Park, Al Mamzar, the historical Deira, the famous Port Rashid, and the iconic Union Flag. The grand finale, with the Burj Khalifa as a backdrop, in the heart of CITY WALK, the spectacular brand new destination, is the Dubai Tour’s last stunning sprint.

 1. source of all text: RCS press release
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 09:06 »
    The list of the 16 teams invited to the race the fourth edition of the Dubai Tour – scheduled from January 31st to February 4th 2017 – has been officially announced.

    Ten UCI WorldTeams, four UCI Professional Continental Teams, one UCI Continental Team and a UAE National Selection team will be at the start of the five-stage professional cycling race organised by the Dubai Sports Council in collaboration with RCS Sport. Each team at the start of the Dubai Tour will consist of eight riders.
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    #astana ASTANA PRO TEAM - KAZ: Astana is more than just a cycling team: it’s part of the Astana President’s Professional Sports Club that was created by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev in 2012, focused on several different sports including football, hockey, basketball, motorsports, rally-raid and boxing. Astana have shown great form racing in the Emirates, winning the 2016 Abu Dhabi Tour with the Estonian Tanel Kangert.
    Astana’s palmares includes an Olympic gold medal (Alexander Vinokurov, Men’s Road Race, London 2012), eight Grand Tour victories (three Giro d’Italia with Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador, three Vuelta a España with Fabio Aru, Vinokurov and Alberto Contador, two Tour de France with Contador and Nibali), 37 Grand Tour stage wins, and 164 others victories.

    #bahrain BAHRAIN-MERIDA - BRN: Founded in 2016, Bahrain-Merida is the the first Middle Eastern team to achieve the WorldTour license – the highest level of professional cycling. The team is supported by a consortium of businesses and partners from the small island country of Bahrain and His Highness Sheikh Nasser. Under the General Manager Brent Copeland, the 2017 roster is composed of 28 riders from 12 different countries, including the Italians Vincenzo Nibali and Giovanni Visconti, the Lithuanian Ramūnas Navardauskas, the Spaniard Ion Izagirre, and the Australian Heinrich Haussler. For Dubai the roster could include Sonny Colbrelli, who may be in contention for any and all of the stages.

    #dimension TEAM DIMENSION DATA - RSA: Founded in 2007, Dimension Data became the first ever African cycling team to gain a WorldTour license, in 2016. In the team’s palmares you can find a Milan-Sanremo victory (Gerald Ciolek in 2013), six Tour de France stages, one Vuelta stage victory, two Tour of Britain overall classification wins (Edvald Boasson Hagen, 2015; Steve Cummings, 2016), and 36 National Championships.
    The team was originally known as MTN–Qhubeka: Qhubeka is an Nguni word meaning to carry on, progress, or move forward. Qhubeka is part of World Bicycle Relief, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation through bicycles – since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 275,000 bicycles to developing countries.
    The 2017 roster has as its main character the Manxman Mark “Cav” Cavendish. The sprinter won the 2015 Dubai Tour and undoubtedly his goal is a double.

    #movistar MOVISTAR TEAM - ESP: The world’s best team for four consecutive years, according to the UCI WorldTour ranking, Movistar is one of the most established squads. It was founded in 1980 as Reynolds (till 1989), then became very famous as Banesto thanks to the multiple victories of Miguel Indurain (1990-2004), then Caisse d’Epargne (2005, with Illes Baleares to 2010), becoming Movistar from 2011. In total, 852 various victories, 14 of them Grand Tours, with seven in the Tour de France, three in the Giro d’Italia, and four in the Vuelta a España. Next season look out for the Colombians Nairo Quintana and Carlos Betancourt and the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.

    #quickstep QUICK - STEP FLOORS - BEL: This WorldTour team, established in 2003, is based in Wevelgem, Belgium, a city that’s symbolic to Flemish cycling. Patrick Lefevere, one of the most victorious managers in the history of cycling, is in charge of Sports Management. Since its inception the team has recorded more than 500 victories, including 15 Monument Classics, four Road World Championships, five ITT World Championships, two TTT World Championships, two World Cups and an Olympic title. Current top riders for the team are sprinter Marcel Kittel (winner of eight stages at the Tour de France and the last Dubai Tour), Tom Boonen (four-time Paris-Roubaix winner), three-time UCI World TT Champion Tony Martin, Niki Terpstra (winner of Paris-Roubaix 2014), Dan Martin (winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2013 and Giro di Lombardia 2014) and the Luxembourg Champion Bob Jungels.

    #jumbo TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO - NED: This cycling team was founded for the 1984 season under the name Kwantum, anchored by Jan Raas, and from 2015 the head sponsor has been Lotto-Jumbo. For the Dubai Tour the probable roster will include Juan Antonio Lobato, who won the third stage of the 2016 Dubai Tour on the Hatta dam and was third in the overall classification in both 2015 and 2016.

    #sky TEAM SKY - GBR: The team was founded in 2009 with the aim to win the Tour de France within five years… and the first Grand Tour victory came in 2012 at the Grand Boucle with Bradley Wiggins, soon followed by three more from Chris Froome (2013, 2015, 2016), along with more than 130 stage race wins and 15 one day competitions. The Omnium Olympic champion Elia Viviani won two stages in Dubai (one each in 2015 and 2016) and will probably be under the spotlights in the upcoming 2017 edition.

    #uae UAE ABU DHABI – UAE: Known for 20 years as Lampre, the team will be called UAE Abu Dhabi for the 2017 season. Managed by the former Italian champion Giuseppe Saronni, has recorded 25 Grand Tour stage wins, one Giro d’Italia GC victory (2011), one Tour of Flanders (Alessandro Ballan, 2007) and two Tours of Lombardy (Damiano Cunego, 2007-2008). For Dubai look out for the sprinter Sacha Modolo and the puncheur Diego Ulissi. They could both be included in the entry list.

    #trek TREK SEGAFREDO - USA: Founded in 2011 as Leopard Trek, this United States licensed team’s big achievements are the Vuelta a España victory by Chris Horner in 2013, 25 national titles in five years, two Tours of Flanders and a Paris-Roubaix win, thanks to Fabian Cancellara. John Degenkolb could be the Trek-Segafredo rider to watch in the next Dubai Tour.   

    #bmc BMC RACING TEAM - USA: This UCI WorldTour team headquartered in Santa Rosa, California was formed in 2006. A founding member of Velon, BMC Racing Team has recorded more than 30 wins per season since 2013 thanks to one day classic specialists and Grand Tour contenders. Two times TTT World Champions (2014 and 2015), winner of the 2011 Tour de France with Cadel Evans and most recently winner of the 2016 Rio Olympic Road Race with Greg Van Avermaet.
     

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    #bardiani BARDIANI CSF - ITA: Founded in 1982 by Bruno Reverberi, Bardiani-CSF has raced the Giro d’Italia 34 times and includes 25 stage wins in its palmares.

    #novonordisk TEAM NOVO NORDISK - USA: This global sports team made up entirely from athletes with diabetes comprises more than 100 cyclists, triathletes and runners, from 20 countries, and is spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, based in the USA. Founded in 2005 by Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge, Team Novo Nordisk’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes. The cycling team has amassed more than 30 victories since 2008.

    #wilier WILIER TRIESTINA - ITA: Founded in 2008, the team managed by Angelo Citracca has a interesting palmares, including four stage wins at the Giro d’Italia and the overall classifications of the Tour of Turkey (Visconti, 2010) and the Tour de Langkawi (José Rujano, 2010), along with four National titles.

    #aquablue AQUA BLUE SPORT - IRL: Ireland’s first UCI Professional Continental Cycling Team, set-up by businessman Rick Delaney, is making its debut in the 2017 season.

    #onepro ONE PROCYCLING - GBR: Launched in 2014 by retired professional cricketer Matt Prior and businessman Simon Chappell, ONE Pro Cycling can boast two National Time Trial titles (Marcin Bialoblocki, Poland, 2015 and Hayden McCormick, New Zealand, 2016) plus 17 other various victories.


    National Selection

    *ae UAE National Selection - UAE: A special team of riders representing the Emirates will be a big draw for the local supporters and ensure that the highest-caliber Middle-Eastern racers rub shoulders with the very best cyclists in the world at the Dubai Tour.
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #2 on: January 25, 2017, 12:46 »
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    « Reply #3 on: January 31, 2017, 11:22 »


    pretty standard sprint day Kittel didn´t need to to very much for the win

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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #5 on: January 31, 2017, 16:48 »
    http://www.procycling.no/dubai-tour-nordhaug/

    Nordhaug was a DNF after coming off worst at that unmarshalled narrowing of the course. Nothing too serious, just a few days off the bike.
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    « Reply #6 on: February 01, 2017, 07:42 »
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #7 on: February 01, 2017, 11:32 »


    Just a complete mess of a sprint

    Kittle way too strong , #jumbo need a huge amount of work on their train , got kind of lucky

    if you missed 4 km to go will do it
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #8 on: February 02, 2017, 11:02 »
    Harder Finish than many exoected

    messy day out there will be lots to talk about

    ie Kittkle getting an elbow to the face

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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #12 on: February 02, 2017, 12:19 »
    https://twitter.com/AstanaTeam/status/827126180704841728

    I am sorry for elbowing you in the face while riding at 50 + km/h in a cross wind

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    Friends :) ?
    Kittel said no:
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #16 on: February 02, 2017, 17:58 »

    Any further action (ban?) likely or is censure limited to small fine and race expulsion?
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    « Reply #17 on: February 02, 2017, 18:07 »
    Any further action (ban?) likely or is censure limited to small fine and race expulsion?

    unless there is video not sure they can do much more tbh
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    « Reply #18 on: February 03, 2017, 09:15 »
    Stage 4 Dubai tour Cancelled due to high winds
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #20 on: February 04, 2017, 07:54 »
    today's stage seems to finish inside a shopping centre :S
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    « Reply #21 on: February 04, 2017, 08:38 »
    today's stage seems to finish inside a shopping centre :S
    Maybe they want to ensure there is some sort of crowd for the finish? :D
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #22 on: February 04, 2017, 09:08 »
    today's stage seems to finish inside a shopping centre :S

     
    This is the sort of race that will attract thousands of new fans to the sport. No doubt that due to the success of this year's edition and the UCI's clueless criteria, it will get promoted to fill the vacant Qatar WT spot, next season. :s
    First time I've ever cancelled a viewing, but I really can't be arsed to watch a 4th stage of pure tedium.

    Maybe they want to ensure there is some sort of crowd for the finish? :D

    Maybe it's because Marcel is running low on hair product, after that bit of a blow, yesterday.
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #23 on: February 04, 2017, 09:17 »
    This is the sort of race that will attract thousands of new fans to the sport.
    All the rich Russians in Dubai for their weekend shopping will see the race while eating their gold-plated ice cream and start sponsoring a cycling team on Monday! :lol
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #24 on: February 04, 2017, 19:23 »
    As sprint stages go, I can't really see the problem with it  :slow  :zzz2   :angry  :o  :cool

    Where does #astana Ricardo Minali come from - not on my radar but did an excellent race today basically leading out himself - but I never heard of him before, to be honest.
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #25 on: February 04, 2017, 21:08 »
    As sprint stages go, I can't really see the problem with it  :slow  :zzz2   :angry  :o  :cool

    Where does #astana Ricardo Minali come from - not on my radar but did an excellent race today basically leading out himself - but I never heard of him before, to be honest.

    Looked like he was leading out Korsaeth at one point but seemed to just go for it himself, I can get on board with this version of Astana though
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    Re: Dubai Tour
    « Reply #26 on: February 05, 2017, 06:57 »
    Korsæth can finish reasonably fast but he is not in the Kittel, Degenkolb, Viviani, Cavendish class, on a short stage bunch sprint he will not be sprinting. At the end of a long classic he might.

    I got the explanation for the strange tactics later in the day as Norwegian Eurosport commentary Arild Eriksen had been talking to Korsæth: Korsæth and Minali had agreed to do do Minali - Korsæth - Minali, in other words Minali would lead Korsæth into the leadout. However, the plan failed as they lost each other in a turn. That made it Minali - Minali - Minali.

    I am a bit surprised to see Korsæth as the leadout man, I guess that says something about Astana not really heving a team for bunch sprint stages. On the Joker train he was usually much earlier, think Svein Tuft on the Orica train: the locomotive that put the train in position.
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