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ESTEBAN CHAVES WINS STAGE 3, THE AL AIN STAGE, OF ABU DHABI TOUR, AND TAKES RED JERSEY

Jebel Hafeet, 10 October 2015 – The Colombian rider Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) has won Stage 3 - the Al Ain Stage - of the first Abu Dhabi Tour, Al Ain (Al Qattara Souq) - Jebel Hafeet, 142km, taking the lead in the overall General Classification. On the podium he was rewarded with the race leader's Red Jersey, sponsored by ADNOC, as well as the Best Young Rider's White Jersey, sponsored by The National.


STAGE RESULT
1 - Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) 142 km in 3h28’04”, average speed 40.948 km/h
2 - Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) at 12"
3 - Wouter Poels (Team Sky) at 21"

JERSEYS
  • RED JERSEY, sponsored by ADNOC (General Classification by time) – Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE)
  • GREEN JERSEY, sponsored by ABU DHABI SPORTS COUNCIL (General Classification by points) – Alessandro Bazzana (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)
  • WHITE JERSEY, sponsored by THE NATIONAL (Best Young Rider, born after 1 January 1990) – Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE)
  • BLACK JERSEY, sponsored by ETIHAD AIRWAYS (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Alessandro Bazzana (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling)
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE)
2 - Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) at 16"
3 - Wouter Poels (Team Sky) at 27"
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, stage winner and new race leader Esteban Chaves made the following declarations: "It was a very hard climb, and even harder in the heat. The first part was hard, the final kilometres less so, but you needed to have the legs. The racing was hard, too. We are in the middle of the desert and the temperatures were unbelievable, so it was important to keep my body temperature down. The team was great. They worked hard for me all day, bringing me water and ice for my back and head. I poured 30 to 35 bottles of water on my body. I am really happy with this win. It was a hard climb, but I did not raise my hands in celebration because the rider in front of me crashed, and it would not have been correct to celebrate. I would like to send my commiserations to Wout Poels, and also say to the race organisers, 'Congratulations, Abu Dhabi Tour.'"

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%. 
#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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