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The one and only WorldTour race in the middle east


The new UCI WorldTour race will start in Abu Dhabi and end in Dubai, with a route that runs through the Emirates.

The merger between the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour will create a bigger, better and more successful race.

– The UAE Tour, the one and only WorldTour race in the Middle East –

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The choice to merge was likely made because the change was necessary in order to grow. Having a longer race is an opportunity to offer a good mix of stages, open to all kinds of riders, like Tirreno-Adriatico.

The debut edition of the UAE Tour, scheduled from February 24 to March 2, 2019, will take place with a new logo and a new trophy but the same passion and the same leaders’ jerseys supplier.


All 18 World Teams will start, with many of the best riders on the planet: the winners of 11 Grand Tours, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, and Tom Dumoulin; the reigning road and time trial world champions, Alejandro Valverde and Rohan Dennis; and world-class sprinters Elia Viviani and Marcel Kittel.


Red Jersey

General Classification: worn daily, starting on Stage 2, by the leader of the general classification by time.

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Green Jersey

Points Classification: worn daily, starting on Stage 2, by the sprinter who has placed highest in all the stage and intermediate sprints.

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White Jersey

Young Rider Classification: worn daily, starting on Stage 2, by the rider born after January 1, 1994 (U25), who is highest in the overall classification — a name to watch out for in the future.

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Black Jersey

Intermediate Sprint Classification: worn daily, starting on Stage 2, by the rider who has accumulated the most intermediate sprint points.

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A team time trial on the first day, three stages dedicated to sprinters, one for puncheurs and two for climbers. The new race is a mix of technically different stages, open to all kind of riders, with an all-rounder most likely to win the final general classification.

Stage 1 – “Eyes on the opening stage, the ADNOC Stage” – 16km

A team time trial at Al Hudayriat Island is scheduled for Sunday, February 24. The first team will start at 14:30 and the last team will finish at 16:40 (estimated).

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Stage 2 – “Special Olympics World Games” Abu Dhabi Stage – Yas Island–Abu Dhabi Breakwater – 184km

Monday, February 25 From Yas Island to Abu Dhabi Big Flag Start village: Yas Island – Yas Mall Sign-on: 10:50–12:00 Neutral start: 12:10 (2,500m transfer) Finish: Abu Dhabi Breakwater / Big Flag – estimated time: 16:30

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Stage 3 – DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT STAGE – Al Ain–Jebel Hafeet – 179km

Tuesday, February 26 From UAE University to Jebel Hafeet Start village: Al Ain – UAE University Sign-on: 10:50–12:00 Neutral start: 12:10 (2,000m transfer) Finish: Jebel Hafeet – estimated time: 16:40

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Stage 4 – DUBAI MUNICIPALITY STAGE – Palm Jumeirah–Hatta Dam – 205km

Wednesday, February 27 From Palm Jumeirah to Hatta Dam Start village: The Pointe – Palm Jumeirah Sign-on: 10:10–11:20 Neutral start: 11:30 (4,800m transfer) Finish: Hatta Dam – estimated time: 16:40

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Stage 5 – SHARJAH STAGE – Sharjah–Khor Fakkan – 181km

Thursday, February 28 From Flag Island to Khor Fakkan Start village: Sharjah – Flag Island Sign-on: 11:00–12:10 Neutral start: 12:20 (2,500m transfer) Finish: Khor Fakkan – estimated time: 16:40

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Stage 6 – RAK PROPERTIES STAGE – Ajman–Jebel Jais – 180km

Friday, March 1 From Ajman to Jebel Jais Start village: Ajman Sign-on: 10:45–11:55 Neutral start: 12:05 (2,500m transfer) Finish: Jebel Jais – estimated time: 16:40

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Stage 7 – MERAAS STAGE – Dubai Safari Park–City Walk – 145km

Saturday, March 2 From Dubai Safari Park to City Walk Start village: Dubai Safari Park Sign-on: 11:50–13:00 Neutral start: 13:10 (7,300m transfer) Finish: City Walk – estimated time: 16:40

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