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ESTEBAN CHAVES WINS INAUGURAL ABU DHABI TOUR - ELIA VIVIANI WINS FINAL STAGE ON YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

Yas Marina Circuit, 10 October 2015 – The Colombian rider Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) has won the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour, defending the race leader's Red Jersey in the fourth and final stage, around on the Yas Marina Circuit. The stage was won by the Italian rider Elia Viviani (Team Sky).

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE)
2 - Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) at 16"
3 - Wouter Poels (Team Sky) at 27"

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) – Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
  • 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)
STAGE RESULT
1 - Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 110 km in 2h22’43”, average speed 46.245 km/h
2 - Peter Sagan (Tinkoff - Saxo) s.t.
3 - Andrea Guardini (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
 

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the Abu Dhabi Tour winner Esteban Chaves said: "Can you imagine? First a mountain stage win, then my first GC in a professional stage race. I am very, very happy. As I follow my winter training program, I will be remembering this race."

The stage winner Elia Viviani made the following declarations: "With two stage wins and the points title, this race has gone perfectly for me. Andy Fenn was really strong, and Ben Swift too. They led me into the best possible position before the final corner. I knew Sagan was on my wheel because I glimpsed the Rainbow Jersey to my right. I opened my sprint with 150m to go and, although it was very close, he didn't come past. I have taken a big step up this year with Team Sky, with my stage win in the Giro, and a total of 9 wins, even if I would have liked to have made it ten." 

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) consisted of four stages covering a total of 555km; three stages were won by the sprinters, while the remaining stage, with an uphill finish on a 10.8km climb with gradients touching 12%, decided the final GC. 
#UCICyclingGala
On the evening of the last stage, the Tour has the honour of hosting the very first UCI Cycling Gala awards ceremony. This unique event celebrates the end of the UCI professional road cycling season with its stakeholders in Abu Dhabi.

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