This final stage – the Yas Island Stage – will crown the winner of the third edition of the UAE Tour. The post-stage press conference will be live-streamed on
the UAE Tour’s YouTube channel.
Yas Mall (Abu Dhabi), 27 February 2021 – Good morning from Stage 7, the Yas Island Stage, of the third edition of the UAE Tour (21-27 February 2021), the one and only WorldTour race in the Middle East. The seventh and last stage, 147km long, takes place around the city of Abu Dhabi, departing from Yas Island (Yas Mall) and finishing at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater for the last sprint finish of the UAE Tour.
The peloton, 127 riders strong, passed km 0 at 13:05.
Thanks to Velon’s rider data system, TV viewers and online users can see the riders’ wattage, speed and cadence. The complete list of riders carrying Velon devices and onboard cameras on today’s stage is available here.
Yas Mall (13.05 – Start): Partly sunny 24°C. Wind: moderate – 20kmh, WNW.
Abu Dhabi Breakwater (circa 16.30 – Finish): Sunny 24°C. Wind: moderate – 24kmh, NW.
1 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) at 35”
3 – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) at 1’02”
The Red Jersey, sponsored by ADNOC (General individual classification by time) – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by Etisalat (General individual classification by points) – David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1996) – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), worn by João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Tony Gallopin (AG2R Citroen Team)
A stage around the city of Abu Dhabi, Stage 7 departs from Yas Island (Yas Mall) and heads towards the city centre via the Al Raha area, passing close by the Grand Mosque. The route then leads to the Khalifa City area and travels north to Khalifa Port and Yas Marina, followed by Saadiyat Island. The race will visit Abu Dhabi’s Louvre and follow the Corniche waterfront before its arrival at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater for the last sprint finish of the tour. Two intermediate sprints at km 42.6 (Golf Gardens) and km 130.7 (Louvre Abu Dhabi).
The final kilometers
The last 5km are entirely on wide roads with gentle curves that lead to the finishing straight on asphalt.
POINTS OF INTERESTS
YAS MALL – 147 KM TO FINISH LINE
Yas Mall offers an incredible shopping, dining and entertainment experience for residents and tourists alike, thanks to its 370 fashion brands, a 20 screen VOX Cinema and the region’s largest entertainment zone. Located at the heart of the iconic Yas Island, Yas Mall is 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 30 minutes from the Capital’s city centre and 45 minutes from Dubai.
YAS MARINA CIRCUIT – 147 KM TO FINISH LINE
Launched in 2009 to host the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit is still one of the UAE’s most epic motorsports, sporting and business venues. Created to elevate Abu Dhabi’s status as a world-class sporting destination, this impressive mega-budget circuit draws travellers from around the world.
YAS ISLAND – 147 KM TO FINISH LINE
Yas Island is the region’s leading leisure and entertainment destination. It is purpose-built to provide all your business needs under one roof, from specialist teams at end-to-end delivery to tailoring services specific to requirements. It hosts several exciting business event destinations, including superb conference, meeting and gala event facilities, Yas Links Golf Course, Yas Marina, Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Warner Bros. WorldTM Abu Dhabi, to name but a few.
YAS MARINA – 147 KM TO FINISH LINE
Located in the heart of Yas Island, Yas Marina is a vibrant dining and entertainment area offering something unique for everyone both at sea and ashore. The 227-berth marina caters to vessels from eight to 150 metres, while casual berthing rates with complimentary visitor berthing for up to four hours allows boat owners to dock, dine and discover its many outlets. Guests can enjoy strolling along the boardwalks or soaking up the relaxed evening atmosphere while dining al fresco at the water’s edge. Home of the world-famous Cipriani Restaurant.
LOUVRE ABU DHABI – 16 KM TO FINISH LINE
The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World, translating and fostering the spirit of openness between cultures. As one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, this art lovers dream displays works of historical, cultural and sociological significance, from ancient times to the contemporary era. Designed by Pritzker-prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi encompasses 9,200 square metres of galleries, including a Permanent Gallery and a Temporary Gallery enriched by loans from notable French museums including Musee du Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou.
ABU DHABI CORNICHE – 6 KM TO FINISH LINE
Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Road stretches across an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants, and the stunning, lifeguarded Corniche Beach. If you’re looking to soak up Abu Dhabi’s famous year-round sunshine, this immaculate beach is one of the best places to do it.
ADNOC HQ – 1 KM TO FINISH LINE
The ADNOC HQ is hosted in a 75-storey skyscraper on the Abu Dhabi Cornice. The building corporates 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.
ETIHAD TOWERS – 1 KM TO FINISH LINE
A dramatic architectural statement on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, this five-tower complex welcomes residents and travellers to live, work, stay, shop and dine in one destination boasting stunning panoramic city and Arabian Gulf views. A benchmark for luxury, the complex includes three residential towers, one business tower, and the 280-metre tall, five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel.
MARINA MALL, ABU DHABI BREAKWATER – 0 KM TO FINISH LINE
This mall features a 100-metre-high viewing platform, an ice rink, a bowling alley, a Cineplex, musical fountains and hundreds of big-name brands and stores. A true Abu Dhabi landmark, Marina Mall’s many restaurants and coffee shops make it possible to spend a full day here.
UAE NATIONAL FLAG – ABU DHABI BREAKWATER – 0 KM TO FINISH LINE
A 122m pennon (Guinness World Record in 2001) holds an imposing flag of impressive size (20mx40m). It was inaugurated to celebrate the country’s 30th anniversary.
The UAE Tour Stage 7 International TV Schedule is available here.
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UAE TOUR PRESS ROOM
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