Al Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi, 24 February 2019 – مرحباً (Marhaban!) from Stage 1, the ADNOC Stage, of the inaugural edition of the UAE Tour (24 February – 2 March 2019), the only WorldTour race in the Middle East. The opening Team Time Trial, entirely on Al Hudayriat Island, is expected to be raced at a very high speed.
During the stage, no points will be awarded for the Green and Black Jerseys. However, the first rider across the line of Stage 1’s winning team will be award those jerseys at the end of the stage, as well as the Red Jersey of GC leader. Details of time bonuses and the various sub-competitions are given below.
Al Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi (14.50 – Start first team): Sunny 24°C. Wind: moderate – 9kmh, S.
Al Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi (16.40 – Finish last team): Sunny 24°C. Wind: moderate – 14kmh, S.
Stage 1 – ADNOC STAGE – Abu Dhabi Hudayriat Island TTT – 16.0km
This Team Time Trial, entirely on the island of Hudayriat, has a very fast course, with straights punctuated only by two U-turns just before and after km 3. The road is perfectly flat, wide and with wide-angle turns that will enable the teams to keep a very high speed: expected speed averages are over 55km/h.
Wide curves, wide road, perfect road surface. Final straight on tarmac.
The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Emirates (General individual classification by time), and the White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1994).
NOTE: Time bonuses: Intermediate Sprints: 3, 2 and 1 seconds for positions 1, 2 and 3. Finish line: 10, 6 and 4 seconds for positions 1, 2 and 3. No time bonuses will be awarded in Stage 1 – Team Time Trial.
All stages except Stage 1 have two intermediate sprints and a maximum possible 16 seconds of time bonuses. The maximum possible time bonuses for the whole race is 96 seconds.
The Green Jersey, sponsored by ADNOC (General individual classification by points)
NOTE: Green Jersey Points – Intermediate Sprints: 8, 5, 3 and 1 points for positions 1, 2, 3 and 4. Finish line: 20-16-12-9-7-5-4-3-2-1 (points for first ten riders).
A maximum 36 points are up for grabs in each stage. The maximum possible points for the whole race are 216 points. The winner of Stage 1 will be awarded the Green Jersey for that stage.
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification)
NOTE: Black Jersey Points – Intermediate Sprints only: 8, 5, 3 and 1 points for positions 1, 2, 3 and 4.
A maximum possible 16 points are available on each stage, except Stage 1 TTT. The maximum possible points for the whole race are 96 points. The winner of Stage 1 will be awarded the Black Jersey for that stage.
1 – AL HUDAYRIAT ISLAND
The project was launched and officially inaugurated by Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan in May 2018. Among the attractions are a 600-metre beach, running and cycling tracks (two loops of 5 and 10km), water sports facilities, a bouncy castle and a children’s playground. Al Hudayriat Island is part of a new city development that will include housing for Emiratis, and commercial attractions. The island is also designed to host a world series of triathlons (with Olympic-standard facilities), while other athletic attractions include five football fields, four basketball courts, four volleyball and four beach football courts.
2 – ABU DHABI CORNICHE
This lengthy stretch of beach extends along Corniche Road from near the Hilton Hotel to beyond Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, where you’ll find its main entrance. During the week you can usually find a beach umbrella, but during the weekend they may all go quickly. You can’t swim out very far; floating fences keep you within 40 metres of the beach, and there are plenty of lifeguards around. Abu Dhabi’s pristine Corniche beachfront has been awarded coveted Blue Flag status – the internationally renowned eco-label for beaches and marinas that guarantees clean and safe bathing water. Some 30,000 to 50,000 visitors flock to the Corniche every month, enjoying three separate sections for families, singles and the general public. There are more than 1,100 free parking spaces with a five minute walk of the beach, which charges AED 10 (US $2.7) entry to the family and singles sections. Entry to the public beach is free.
3 – ADNOC HQ
The ADNOC HQ is hosted in a skyscraper on the Abu Dhabi Cornice. The building incorporates energy efficiency and sustainable engineering technologies, such as a double skin façade, photovoltaic glazing and LED exterior lighting. Designed by HOK, the overall building complex consists of more than 65 floors with an office tower, Corniche Club, SPC and Crisis Management Center, a heritage museum and other supporting facilities.
4 – ETIHAD TOWERS
This five tower complex invites residents and visitors to live, work, stay, shop and dine in one destination with panoramic city and Arabian Gulf views. The complex also includes three residential towers and the 280m high, five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel. The Avenue at Etihad Towers is one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive collections of boutique shops, with many having luxurious private rooms for VIP shopping.
5 – EMIRATES PALACE
A real iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, this luxurious hotel blends Arabian splendour with the latest technology to create a magical and memorable experience. During daytime, the hotel’s golden-sandy colour contrasts with its fresh green gardens, silvery water fountains and the blue sky. At night, the hotel’s lighting changes subtly, featuring a majestic rainbow-changing effect over the main dome.
6 – ABU DHABI PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
The new Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace, on the Ras Al Akhdar peninsula next to Emirates Palace Hotel, will house the offices of H.H. The President, H.H. The Vice President, H.H. The Crown Prince and top state ministers and officials. With its site of approximately 150 hectares, the palace will serve an important role as the primary governmental facility for receiving and hosting visiting dignitaries. Its design, which allows for traditional and modern styles to exist together in harmony, will ultimately be a source of pride for all in the United Arab Emirates.
7 – BIG FLAG
A 122m pennon (Guinness World Record in 2001) holds an imposing flags of impressive size (20mx40m). It was inaugurated to celebrate the country’s 30th anniversary.
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