Media impact on the rise makes event ready for the WorldTour

Abu Dhabi, 24 October 2016 – Abu Dhabi, 24 October 2016 – The numbers of the second edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour are impressive – and this year's event won by Astana’s Tanel Kangert saw a growth in many respects one year on from the inaugural edition. That growth includes a promotion to the WorldTour for next year; the third Abu Dhabi Tour will take place from 23 to 26 February 2017. Here’s the story of the second edition, in numbers:

•1 – for the Estonian Tanel Kangert, winner of the second edition

•2 – editions of Abu Dhabi Tour so far

•3 – stage winners: Mark Cavendish won two stages, then Giacomo Nizzolo and Tanel Kangert

•4 – stages, with a total of 555km

•5 – the continents represented by the athletes

•6 – riders from the UAE, only Italy (18), Great-Britain (10) and Belgium (9) had more

•12h27’34” – the total time raced

•14 – riders that shared their data with Velon across the four stages including Rio Olympics road race champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and local hero Yousif Mirza (Nasr Dubai)

•18  – the age of the youngest participant, Alan Banaszek (Poland)

•19 – TV production cameras: 9 at the finish, 4 at the start, 1 in each of the two helicopters, 4 on the motorbikes during the race

•24 – the age of best young rider Julien Bernard whose father Jean-François finished third in the 1987 Tour de France

•28 – hours of live coverage on the Host Broadcaster, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel

•33 – nations represented in the bunch

•44.534km/h – average speed

•45 – the age of the oldest rider in the peloton, Davide Rebellin (Italy), from the same team as the youngest man, Banaszek

•45.703km/h – the average speed of the fastest stage

•50 – press releases since the workshop in April

•63 – Mark Cavendish’s average speed (in kph) in the last kilometer of stage 2 with a maximum at 71.7km/h

•107 – riders at the start

•102 – riders at the finish

•147 – vehicles in total including cars, vans and team cars

•177 – countries providing TV coverage

•384 – the average power (in Watt) of Nicolas Roche - second in stage 3 - monitored by the Velon data tracking devices on the Jabel Hafeet climb. The maximum was 648 Watts

•686 – the number of rooms booked for the whole Abu Dhabi Tour

•882 – the power (in watts) developed by stage 1 winner Giacomo Nizzolo in the last 500m at Madinat Zayed

•1,974 – articles published online about the Abu Dhabi Tour from 20 to 24 October

•2,068 – media accreditations printed

•2,700 – kg of ice provided for teams

•5,000 – the square metres of hospitality area arranged for the four stages

•10,200 – kg of team equipment delivered from 20 different Nations

•12,000 – photos taken by the official photographers

•28,000 – Abu Dhabi Tour Facebook fans

•40,000 – water bottles distributed to the whole staff, including riders

•44,000 – Unique Users per day -

•221,000 – Page Views per day -


The Abu Dhabi Tour, organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council with the collaboration of RCS Sport, will take place from 20 to 23 October. 

Abu Dhabi Tour Media Kit

From the official online pressroom the media can download high resolution pictures of the 2015 race, the various press conferences, the opening ceremony and the final evening which was dedicated to the very first UCI Cycling Gala.


In order to download the pictures, just go to (username: press / password: press), select “Scarica contenuti/Download contents” on the top right, choose “2015” or "2016" from the menu on the left, then “Ciclismo”, and then “Abu Dhabi Tour”. The photos are free of charge for editorial use, as long as both the Abu Dhabi Tour and the photographer’s name is quoted.

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