Marhaban! from Stage 4 of the Abu Dhabi Tour

The only WorldTour race in the Middle East and organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in partnership with RCS Sports and Events.

Al Maryah Island, 24 February 2018 – مرحباً (Marhaban!) from Stage 4, Al Maryah Stage, of the fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour (21 - 25 February 2018), the only WorldTour race in the Middle East and organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in partnership with RCS Sports and Events. For the first time in the history of the Abu Dhabi Tour an Individual Time Trial (12.6km), run entirely on Al Maryah Island, will play an important part for the final victory of the race.

During the stage 20 Green Jersey Points (of a race total of 56 remaining) are up for grabs, while no Black Jersey Points, nor seconds in time bonuses, will be awarded, being the stage an ITT.

The first rider to start was Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk) at 13:15. The last rider to start will be the Red Jersey, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), at 15:30. Starting order can be downloaded here. Riders start in reverse order compared to the General Classification, from the last to the race leader.

Al Maryah Island (13:30): Partly Cloudy, 28°C. Wind: Moderate – 27kph
Al Maryah Island (15:45): Partly Cloudy, 30°C. Wind: Gentle-moderate – 18kph
The following riders will be equipped with the Velon data-tracking system:
1-Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, 2-Fabio Aru, 5-Alexander Kristoff, 7-Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates); 31-Domenico Pozzovivo, 32-Niccolo Bonifazio, 34-Ion Izagirre Insausti, 35-Matej Mohoric (Bahrain - Merida); 42-Vincenzo Albanese, 46-Marco Maronese, 47-Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani CSF); 51-Rohan Dennis, 54-Damiano Caruso, 53-Brent Bookwalter, 55-Kilian Frankiny (BMC Racing Team); 124-Mekseb Debesay, 122-Stephen Cummings, 123-Scott Davies, 125-Lachlan Morton (Team Dimension Data); 135-Michael Woods, 137-Daniel Mclay, 136-Daniel Moreno, 133-G. Lawson Craddock (Team EF Education First); 81-André Greipel, 82-Sander Armee, 87-Marcel Sieberg, 86-Remy Mertz (Lotto Soudal); 101-Alejandro Valverde, 105-José Rojas, 102-Daniele Bennati, 106-Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar Team); 92-Caleb Ewan, 91-Simon Yates, 94-Roman Kreuziger, 95-Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton - Scott); 111-Julian Alaphilippe, 117-Elia Viviani, 114-Nicolau Enric Mas, 113-James Knox (Quick-Step Floors); 156-Danny Van Poppel, 151-Jos Van Emden, 157-Robert Thomas Wagner (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo); 171-Castroviejo Jonathan, 173-Halvorsen Kristoffer, 174-Geoghegan Hart Tao, 175-Sebastian Henao Gomez (Team Sky); 181-Tom Dumoulin, 182-Nikias Arndt, 186-Wilco Kelderman, 183-Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb); 191-Gianluca Brambilla, 192-Matthias Brändle, 193-Niklas Eg, 197-Toms Skujins (Trek - Segafredo).
Their live data can be seen at:


Stage 4 – Al Maryah Island Stage (Individual Time Trial - 12.6km)
Split time: km 7.1
First rider start: 13:15
Last rider finish: Approx. 15:45
Race Headquarters: Yas Events Centre, Yas Island, Entrance Gate 20, Yas West Entrance
  • The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Al Maryah Island (General individual classification by time) - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
  • The Green Jersey, sponsored by Emirates Post (General individual classification by points) - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), worn by Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)
  • The White Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1993) - Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) 
  • The Black Jersey, sponsored by Etihad Airways (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom - Rusvelo)
Stage 4's 12.6km Individual Time Trial is held entirely on wide and mostly straight roads with relatively broad bends. The U-turn and time check point are at km 7.1.

Last kilometres
The last section is on wide roads with broader bends and a perfect surface. The final 350m stretch is on tarmac.
Alexander Kristoff's recce of the ITT route
Al Maryah island

Al Maryah Island is Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District, with dramatic turquoise sea views, the five-star Rosewood Abu Dhabi sitting at the core of the vibrant Sowwah Square and adjacent to it, the luxurious Galleria Mall.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi opened in 2015 and is part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, bringing the highest international standards of patient care with 12 institutes including 5 centers of excellence in heart and vascular, neurology, digestive diseases, eye and respiratory and critical care. The 364-bed facility was developed in line with the Abu Dhabi government’s Economic Vision 2030 to develop a robust, world-class healthcare sector in the emirate.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
The five-star Rosewood Abu Dhabi arrived on Al Maryah Island in May 2013 and features 154 spacious guestrooms and 35 suites, along with 131 serviced residences. The tower was designed by renowned New York architecture firm Handel Architects and was inspired by the glistening Arabian Gulf and the vast desert that surrounds Abu Dhabi city. 
Four Season Hotel Abu Dhabi
The five-star Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi opened in 2016 and enjoys expansive views of both the city’s skyline and sparkling waves of the Arabian Gulf. The luxury hotel features 200 rooms and 38 suites, boasts striking architecture and unique design elements, and is a favorite with premium business travelers offering world-class standards of luxury and service.
The Galleria
In the capital’s new Central Business District on Al Maryah Island, with spectacular waterfront and cityscape, The Galleria has over 130 of the world’s most renowned brand outlets - including 50 Abu Dhabi ‘firsts’.
Abu Dhabi Global Market
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) is a broad-based international financial center for local, regional and international institutions. ADGM was formed in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision and is part of a comprehensive plan for long-term transformation of the capital’s economy by focusing on knowledge-based industries. 
Abu Dhabi Global Market Square
Abu Dhabi Global Market Square (ADGM Square) is the commercial heart of Al Maryah Island. The area consists of four Grade A office towers, Al Sila, Al Sarab, Al Maqam and Al Khatem; as well as the Abu Dhabi Global Market Building. ADGM Square is seamlessly connected to two luxury hotels, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi; retail and dining destination The Galleria; and a 5.5km pedestrian promenade.
Al Maryah Central
A retail-led, mixed-use development on Al Maryah Island, Al Maryah Central is set to open in 2018 and will become the new flagship shopping, dining, and entertainment experience in the capital. It will feature the first Bloomingdale’s in Abu Dhabi, the first Macy’s outside of the USA, and more than 500 sought-after brands. Al Maryah Central will also be home to 100 restaurants, and offer a wide variety of entertainment options. 
Al Reem Island
This residential and commercial project off Abu Dhabi island’s coast, is home to one of the emirate’s architectural landmarks – the linked, Stonehenge-style Gate Towers. In the heart of the island, with an imposing central dome, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi was the first French higher-education institution to open in the Gulf, and the university's first international campus.
Al Maryah Island (Individual Time Trial, 12.6km)
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The only WorldTour race in the Middle East and organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in partnership with RCS Sports and Events.