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مرحباً (Marhaban!) from Stage 4, the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour

Yas Marina Circuit, 26 February 2017 –  مرحباً (Marhaban!) from Stage 4, Yas Island Stage, the final chapter of the Abu Dhabi Tour (23 - 26 February 2017), the only WorldTour race in the Middle East, organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in partnership with RCS Sports and Events. The entire stage takes place on the Yas Marina Circuit (143km), with 26 laps of 5.5km, including three intermediate sprints.

 

Today's stage offers the final 44 Green Jersey Points (of a race total of 152) and the final 24 Black Jersey Points (of a race total of 72) along with 19 seconds in time bonuses. In addition, the winner of each Intermediate Sprint will receive a special prize of €2,000.

 

The peloton of 153 riders started at 18:15. Did not start: dossard numbers 162 Bauhaus and 197 Swift.

 

WEATHER

Yas Marina Circuit (18:00): light rain, 21°C. Wind: moderate – 19kph.

Yas Marina Circuit (21:00): light rain, 19°C. Wind: weak – 11kph.

 

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STAGE AND TIMINGS

Stage 4 – Yas Island Stage (143km)

Entirely raced on Yas Marina Circuit

Finish: Approx. 21:15

Race Headquarters: Yas Marina Circuit Media Centre, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1 - Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi)

2 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 4"

3 - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 16"

4 - Bauke Mollema (Trek - Segafredo) at 38"

5 - Rafal Majka (Bora - Hansgrohe) at 56"

 

JERSEYS

 

  • The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Al Maryah Island (General individual classification by time) - Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi)
  • The Green Jersey, sponsored by Nation Towers (General individual classification by points) - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data)
  • The White Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1992) - Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)
  • The Black Jersey, sponsored by Etihad Airways (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Marco Canola (Nippo - Vini Fantini)

 

ROUTE

The final stage is entirely on Yas Island. There are 26 laps on the Yas Marina circuit, each of 5.5km with three Intermediate Sprints as we count down to the finale. The first Intermediate Sprint is at lap 11, with 15 laps to go; the second comes at 10 laps to go and the last Intermediate Sprint will be contested with just five laps to go.

In 2015 during the Yas Island Stage, for the first time ever in a men's professional road race, live on-board bike camera footage was made available and used for live television race coverage.

 

Last km

 

On the perfect tarmac of a 5.5km Formula 1 circuit with wide roads and large, sweeping bends. The final 250 metres are on straight, flat asphalt.



POINTS OF INTEREST

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and multi-purpose entertainment venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is home to the annual FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX and much more. In addition to the extensive year-round programme of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences including Drag and Yas Track Nights, the circuit has emerged as a thriving hub for entertainment and community events in the UAE. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting at our Kartzone, driving an Aston Martin GT4 at over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at StartYAS, TrainYas or GoYas, participate in one of our many sporting events, or simply catch up with friends at Yas Central, Yas Marina Circuit truly is The Meeting Place of Champions.

 

FERRARI WORLD, ABU DHABI

The world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park is home to a winning mix of Ferrari inspired rides and attractions, the biggest Ferrari Store and a range of authentic Italian dining options. Attractions include the highest rollercoaster loop in the world (Flying Aces) and the world’s fastest rollercoaster (Formula Rossa) with a top speed of 250kmph achieved in a mere 4.9 seconds.

 

YAS ISLAND

 

Yas Island is a unique destination. A breathtaking island of diverse, immersive experiences and lasting memories, where families and friends, residents and business visitors can make the most of their precious time away. On the golden shores of Abu Dhabi – just 25 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai – a world of experience comes together to combine stunning natural scenery with iconic design and high-octane glamour with laid-back family fun. Along with seven cutting-edge hotels, exciting theme parks, dynamic restaurants, global stars taking to the stage, a links golf course, and the most cosmopolitan shopping mall filled with leading global brands; the island offers a wide range of venue options and in-house event management services for business events including meetings, conferences and exhibitions. For more information, visit: yasisland.ae


 

YAS VICEROY HOTEL

This unique five-star hotel is set half on land and half on water, overlooking the F1 circuit. The main characteristic of the hotel is its covering, a 219m expanse of sweeping steel and glass panels that provides a veil draped over the two hotel towers, linked by a bridge that crosses the racetrack. The lighting system, made up of over 5,096 diamond-shaped glass panels, changes colour through cable TV screens and creates a stunning optical effect. Inside the Yas Viceroy at the Ristorante Cipriani you can taste the dishes designed by Harry’s Bar in Venice and classic Italian specialties.

 

YAS MALL

With a surface of 235,000m2 and a range of international brands, the Yas Mall is the largest mall in Abu Dhabi and the second largest in the Emirates. With over 60 restaurants and coffee shops, Yas Mall also features a 4D movie hall, the super maxiscreen of the VOX movie theatre and, among other things, the first Lego Concept Store in the region.

 

YAS BEACH

Set on a majestic stretch of white sand, and easily connected to all of the island’s diverse leisure activities, this laid-back beach is a blissful new development on the emirate’s entertainment district. Sun seekers holidaying at any of Yas Island’s seven hotels and hotel apartments can now enjoy complimentary access to Yas Beach.

 

YAS LINKS

 

Set among rolling hills and delicate mangrove plantations, Yas Links Abu Dhabi – designed by Kyle Phillips, the world-renowned course architect – is the Middle East’s only true links course. Nestled on the western shores of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s landmark entertainment destination, every daunting, dynamic Yas Links hole has sparkling coastline.



2017 ABU DHABI TOUR TV COVERAGE

184 countries will broadcast this year’s Abu Dhabi Tour, right across the five continents. The 2017 edition of the race will be shown live by 12 TV networks. 

Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, the WorldTour event’s host broadcaster, will produce full coverage of each stage – every hard-fought kilometer, from the first pedal turn to the finale – in the United Arab Emirates and across the Middle East and North Africa with commentary in both Arabic and English. This coverage will be boosted with additional studio shows before and after each stage, featuring international cycling expert guests. 

Eurosport will show the Abu Dhabi Tour live in European and Asia Pacific networks, totalling almost 70 countries. In Italy all five stages will be broadcast on RAI Sport 1, while in France l’Equipe will show the event race on its free-to-air channel.

ESPN will broadcast from Dubai Tour in 35 territories in Spanish-speaking South America, Brazil and the Caribbean, and TDN will air exclusively in Central America and Mexico. North American fans can see live coverage on fuboTV in the USA and Canada and fans in Japan can follow the race via the live sports streaming platform DAZN. Supersport will air the Abu Dhabi Tour in South Africa, and Echonet will bring live coverage to the remainder of Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

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SHIFT Active Media

Manolo Bertocchi

 

RCS Sport Cycling Press Office

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E-mail: manolo@shiftactivemedia.com

 

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RCS Sport

Stefano Diciatteo

 

RCS Sport Press Office Coordinator

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