Rohan Dennis wins Stage 4

Rohan Dennis wins Stage 4, Al Maryah Island Stage, of the Abu Dhabi Tour and takes the Red Jersey

Al Maryah Island, 24 February 2018 – The Australian champion for Individual Time Trial Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) won Stage 4 of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour, Al Maryah Island Individual Time Trial (12.6km), and took the lead in the General Classification. On the podium he was rewarded with the race leader's Red Jersey, sponsored by Al Maryah Island.

1 - Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) 12.6km in 14’21”, average speed 52.682km/h
2 - Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky) at 14”
3 - Miles Scotson (BMC Racing Team) at 16”

  • The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Al Maryah Island (General individual classification by time) - Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team)
  • The Green Jersey, sponsored by Emirates Post (General individual classification by points) - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
  • The White Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1993) - Miles Scotson (BMC Racing Team)
  • The Black Jersey, sponsored by Etihad Airways (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom - Rusvelo)
1 - Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) 
2 - Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky) at 14”
3 - Miles Scotson (BMC Racing Team) at 16”

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner and new race leader Rohan Dennis said: “I wasn't scheduled to race until Tirreno-Adriatico after the Australian campaign. I'm here after a change of plan ahead of the Giro and I'm pretty happy so far. It was hard to pace today with the wind so, power wise, I felt pretty good for February. It was tricky so I'm happy with the win. Tom Dumoulin had a mechanical but I still beat him by 31 seconds. We always say a bike change requires 30 seconds. It's never good to win over someone like Tom in that way. It's a shame that it actually happened but I think Dumoulin is still pretty dangerous. Valverde is looking good at the moment. I saw him going strong in the wind on stage 2. He should be good on the hills tomorrow too but I'll do my best to win the Abu Dhabi Tour.”

Press conference interviews and further details to follow.
Stage 5 – Abu Dhabi Airports Stage (199km)
From Al Ain to Jebel Hafeet
Sign-on procedures: 10:15-11:35
Alignment: 11:40
Start - KM 0: 11:45 (transfer 1,100m)
Finish: Approx. 16:45
Race Headquarters: Mercure Grand, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain Hotel - Jebel Hafeet

Stage 5 is half urban and half in the mountains. From the start inside the inhabited part of Al Ain, the first section of the route is always on wide roads with roundabouts and speed bumps, while the second part in the desert is on mostly wide and straight roads. With 15km to go, the route starts climbing slightly towards the uphill finish. The stage finish is at 1025m above sea level after 11km of climbing featuring maximum gradients of 11%.

Last kilometres
The final climb is characterised by broader bends on a three-lane road. The gradients mostly around 8 to 9% with a steepest section peaking at 11% with 3km to go. There's a very brief downhill in the last kilometre before the final uphill stretch. The finishing straight is on flat tarmac.


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