UAE gears up to host the Dubai Tour featuring some of the world’s top cyclists. The third edition of the Dubai Tour takes place next month. This annual professional road bicycle racing Tour held in Dubai identifies the emirate as a major cycling destination.
This year’s Dubai Tour takes riders again on some the city’s scenic routes passing iconic, distinctive landmarks and has slightly increased the total distance by a few kilometers. The race will take place from 3rd to 6th February 2016.
The Dubai Tour, which is organized by Dubai Sports Council in partnership with RCS Sport and Events JLT, brings an amazing competition attracting elite sprint riders. Though the Tour is mostly a race for sprinters with its fast and flat course routes, all team riders have a legitimate chance of winning a stage.
With only weeks to go until the big race, it’s time to reveal some of the news on the main Tour contenders who will partake in the professional cycling that takes place
Which rider will take the Dubai Tour Trophy, named “Circle of Stars,” designed by Pininfarina. And who will secure the Dubai Tour jerseys of finest Italian quality and designed by Castelli at the end of each stage?
Last year’s winner, Mark Cavendish, will be back to try and defend the title; however, Marcel Kittel, a sprinter himself, is set to give his rival a heat-race battle in the cycling races at the Dubai Tour. Many believe one of these cyclers will wear the leader’s jersey
Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel are two of the fastest cyclists who will battle in the sprints; however, both will be riding for different teams this 2016 season, as Cavendish is with new teammates from Dimension Data (South African cycling team) that took over sponsorship from MTN-Qhubeka, and Kittel will be riding with Cavendish’s old Belgian squad the Etixx-QuickStep team after having left Giant-Alpecin (German cycling team).
DUBAI TOUR IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The Dubai Cycle Tour is one of the early-season races part of the Asia Tour in class 2.HC. Each of the 16 teams invited to participate will have a line-up of six riders.
Teams for the 2016 Dubai Tour
WorldTour: Astana Pro Team, BMC Racing, Dimension Data, Etixx-QuickStep, Lampre-Merida, Movistar Team, Giant-Alpecin, Team Sky, Tinkoff, Trek Factory Racing
Pro Continental: CCC Sprandi Polkowice, ONE Pro Cycling, Team Novo Nordisk
Continental: Skydive Dubai, Team Wiggins
National: UAE national selection
The Dubai Tour covers a total of 671km; the cycling race will be held in four stages.
Stage 1: February 3 – Fujairah Stage (Dubai-Fujairah): 179km; ends in a flat finish sprint
Stage 2: February 4 – Nakheel Stage (Dubai-Palm Jameirah): 188km; flat finish
Stage 3: February 5 – The Westin Stage (Dubai-Hatta Dam): 172km; finishes uphill with a short climb with a steepest section at 17 per cent.
Stage 4: February 6 – Burj stage (Dubai-Dubai): 132km; flat finish
With most of the Dubai Tour stages being mainly flat, onlookers will enjoy seeing the up-close races ending in a sprint finish. Surely, cycling enthusiasts will appreciate the excitement of the squads’ actions to position themselves and their key riders to win the stage for the day.
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) as title holder who was last year’s overall winner and Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) the overall winner in the 2014 Dubai Tour, along with Marcel Kittel (Ettix QuickStep), are among the favorites for the opening leader’s jersey.
Be sure not to miss the cycling action to watch who will be battling it out for the overall win; follow-up with coverage from DubaiBlog. For more information on the race event, go to the official website for the 2016 Dubai Tour (dubaitour.com).