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ELIA VIVIANI WINS STAGE 2, THE CAPITAL STAGE, OF ABU DHABI TOUR AND TAKES RED JERSEY

Yas Mall, 9 October 2015 – The Italian rider Elia Viviani (Team Sky) won Stage 2 - the Capital Stage - of the first Abu Dhabi Tour, Yas Marina Circuit - Yas Mall (129km), and took the lead in the overall General Classification. On the podium he was rewarded with the race leader's Red Jersey, sponsored by ADNOC and also the points leader's Green Jersey,  sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.


STAGE RESULT
1 - Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 129 km in 3h02’07”, average speed 42.500 km/h
2 - Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo) s.t.
3 - Fabio Sabatini (Etixx - Quick Step) s.t.

JERSEYS
  • RED JERSEY, sponsored by ADNOC (General Classification by time) – Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
  • GREEN JERSEY, sponsored by ABU DHABI SPORTS COUNCIL (General Classification by points) – Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
  • WHITE JERSEY, sponsored by THE NATIONAL (Best Young Rider, born after 1 January 1990) – Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo)
  • BLACK JERSEY, sponsored by ETIHAD AIRWAYS (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Alessandro Bazzana (UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team)

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner and new race leader made the following declarations: "I am riding strongly in this final part of the season, and the support from my team has been excellent. Yesterday, the team worked all day, but I lost position on the final corner and I had to make up too much ground to make the top three. Today we decided to do no work, and to leave me two team-mates for the lead-out. About 1km from the finish, I had to make a big effort to get on Sagan's wheel. On the final corner, Palini and another rider moved on the inside, but I did not like the look of it and held back. Sagan went, and I knew I had to wait, but not too long because he is so strong. But sprinting is my job, and I managed to get past him, and I am delighted to have taken another win. The conditions today were considerably better than yesterday, and it was a good day for me and the team."

Press conference interview and further details to follow.

#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 decided on the climb.
#UCICyclingGala
On the evening of the last stage, 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.

PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA / CARCONI - PERI

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