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UPDATE CLEVELAND CLINIC ABU DHABI TEAMS UP WITH THE ABU DHABI TOUR AS OFFICIAL PARTNER

The multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island is an official partner of Abu Dhabi’s first professional cycling event


Abu Dhabi, 7 October 2015 – Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, has been announced as an official partner of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour.

The Abu Dhabi Tour, which will take place October 8-11, 2015, is the first Union Cycliste Internationale professional cycling event to be held in Abu Dhabi and will be the culmination of the international cycling season. The race will see professional male riders from around the world compete in a four-stage event, culminating in a 20-lap sprint under floodlights at the Yas Marina Circuit.  

The event is one of many initiatives supported by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to promote health and wellness in the community. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides 50 complimentary bikes and helmets for use every Tuesday and Wednesday at TrainYAS and GoYAS at Yas Marina Circuit. 

Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi CEO said, “Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is proud to be an official partner of the Abu Dhabi Tour and we are thrilled to be a part of an inaugural event of this scale in Abu Dhabi. We look forward to cheering on the athletes this weekend.” 

As part of the sponsorship, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will be providing free sports bottles to fans in the Yas Mall Fan Zone. The Fan Zone, which will run throughout the four days of the event, will provide a place for members of the public to watch every stage live, hold the Abu Dhabi Tour trophy and receive free promotional merchandise, amongst other activities. 

The final stage of the race, which will take place on Sunday, October 11, at Yas Marina Circuit, will be free to attend for members of the public. Following the race, fans are encouraged to join in with their bicycles and experience riding the Yas Marina Circuit themselves. 

Dr. Mihaljevic also highlighted the benefits of cycling to keep fit and hopes that the event will continue to promote the sport in the UAE, commenting, “Encouraging healthy living is at the heart of our mission here at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. That’s why we are excited to support events like these which inspire people to take up new activities and participate in regular, fun exercise which is the one of the foundations of a healthy society.”

For more information about Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, please visit
www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae

ABOUT CLEVELAND CLINIC ABU DHABI
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare facilities, is a multispecialty hospital on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unparalleled extension of US-based Cleveland Clinic’s model of care, specifically designed to address a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to the Abu Dhabi population. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has five Centers of Excellence in the following Institutes: Heart & Vascular, Neurological, Digestive Disease, Eye and Respiratory & Critical Care. Other Institutes include Surgical Subspecialties, Medical Subspecialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Imaging and Quality & Patient Safety. In all, more than 30 medical and surgical specialties are represented at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

The facilities at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi combine state-of-the-art amenities and world-class service standards. The hospital is a 364 (expandable to 490) bed facility, with five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, and 13 floors of critical and acute inpatient units. It is a physician-led medical facility served by North American board certified (or equivalent) physicians. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, reducing their need to travel abroad for treatment.
 
 
#RideToAbuDhabi
The Abu Dhabi Tour, organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in collaboration with RCS Sport (8-11 October) consists of four stages covering a total of 555km; three stages suit the sprinters, while the remaining stage finishes uphill after a 10.8km climb with gradients touching 12%. the General Classification is expected to be decides on the climb.
#UCICyclingGala
On the evening of the last day, the Tour will have the honour of hosting the very first UCI Cycling Gala awards ceremony. This unique event will celebrate the end of the UCI professional road cycling season with its stakeholders in Abu Dhabi.
 
 
ROUTE INFORMATION
Stage 1 – The ADNOC Stage (174km): The entire stage takes place in the stunning Rub al Khali desert, part of Abu Dhabi’s Western Region. Starting among the red sand dunes that surround the beautiful Qasr Al Sarab Resort, the undulating race route accrues around 1,200m of vertical climbing. The riders will trace a ring around Liwa and the nearby oasis, passing through the town twice. The riders then head north along straight roads for 55km, with the slightest of downhill gradients, as far as the town of Madinat Zayed. After the first crossing of the finish line, the peloton then enters a final 15km loop, to be ridden just once. A mass sprint is expected, panerai replica watches although the desert winds could influence the outcome.

Stage 2 – The Capital Stage (129km): A flat stage across the city, starting at the Yas Marina Circuit and heading towards the southern part of the city along wide and mostly straight roads. After the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Exhibition Hall, the peloton turns back on itself, returning to Yas Island, then follows the Corniche until the Emirates Palace. There the riders will face a U-turn, cycling again alongside the Corniche until Yas Island, where the finish line is positioned next to the Yas Mall. Again, a mass sprint is expected.

Stage 3 – The Al Ain Stage (142km): The toughest stage of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour. Starting from Al Qattara Souq, the first 33km follow a series of broad, straight roads, then the peloton will trace a wide circle around the city, crossing the Green Mubazzarah oasis before starting the final climb. 11km long, the Jebel Hafeet ascent reaches an altitude of 1,000m on gradients that average 7.5% and touch 12% on the lower slopes. The climb, on wide, well surfaced roads and with long, sweeping bends, eases into a short descent with 1.5km to go, before resuming a shallow climb to the finish line. The final climb will, in all probability, decide the General Classification.

Stage 4 – The Yas Stage (110km): The entire stage takes place at night on the Yas Marina Circuit. 110km at night under the floodlights of the F1 Circuit. The peloton will complete 20 laps (5.5km each) culminating in the last Abu Dhabi Tour sprint. The circuit is wide and the surface is in impeccable condition.
 
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