Good Morning from Stage 1 of the UAE Tour

20 Feb 2022

The Al Ain Water Stage features 184km in the desert, with its start and finish in Madinat Zayed.
The post-stage press conference will be live-streamed on the UAE Tour’s YouTube channel.

Madinat Zayed, 20 February 2022 – Good morning from Stage 1, the Al Ain Water Stage, of the fourth edition of the UAE Tour (20-26 February 2021), the one and only UCI WorldTour race in the Middle East. The opening stage features 184km of riding on a mostly flat route in the desert and is expected to end with a bunch sprint in Madinat Zayed that will assign the first Red Jersey of the race.

The peloton, 125 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12:19. Did not start bib nr 84 – Denis Nekrasov (Gazprom-Rusvelo).

H.E. Aref Al Awani, General Secretary Abu Dhabi Sports Council, H.E. Nasser Mohammed Al Mansoori, Ruler’s Representative Court Al Dhafrah Region and Colonel Hamdan Saif Al Mansoori, Director of Al Dhafrah Police Directorate at the start of today’s stage (Photo Credits: Yasser Abras)

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.

WEATHER
Madinat Zayed (12.15): Sunny 29°C. Wind: moderate – 21kmh, S.
Madinat Zayed (circa 16.30): Sunny 32°C. Wind: moderate – 14kmh, S.

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THE ROUTE
Stage 1 – Al Ain Water Stage – Madinat Zayed – Madinat Zayed (184km)

A stage taking place entirely in the desert. It’s beginning and finale follow approximately 45km of straight roads. Once in Liwa, the route enters a zone of dunes that make up the bulk of the stage’s elevation. A series of ups and downs will be covered twice to take the riders to Moreeb Dune. After passing Liwa for the second time, the route follows the same way back to Madinat Zayed.

Last km
A perfectly straight city route. It runs along wide, straight avenues with no obstacles whatsoever. Final stretch on asphalt.

THE OFFICIAL JERSEYS

  • Red Jersey,  General Classification: worn daily, starting from Stage 2, by the leader of the General Classification by time. Sponsor: International Holding Company
    Design: Features the iconic Qasr Al Hosn
  • Green Jersey, Points Classification: worn daily, starting from Stage 2, by the fastest sprinter, who has obtained the best positions in each stage and intermediate sprints. Sponsor: Italian Trade Agency (ICE) Design: Features famous landmarks of Italy: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Rome Colosseum, Venice and Milan Cathedral
  • White Jersey, Young Rider Classification: worn daily, starting from Stage 2, by the best young rider (U25) in the overall classification by time. Sponsor: Nakheel Design: Features the world-famous Palm Jumeirah
  • Black Jersey, Intermediate Sprint Classification: worn daily, starting from Stage 2, by the rider who has gained more Intermediate Sprint Points than any other rider. Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Aviation
    Design: Features Abu Dhabi Aviation’s helicopter following the UAE Tour peloton

PRESS CONFERENCE
The post-stage press conference will be live-streamed on the UAE Tour YouTube channel.

TV COVERAGE
The 2022 UAE Tour International TV Schedule is available here.

UAE TOUR APP
Download the official UAE Tour App now and stay updated on the race, riders’ timings and everything that’s happening during the stage:
•    IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ae/app/uae-tour/id1451821362?mt=8
•    Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.rcs.uaetour
•    Website: www.theuaetour.com

UAE TOUR PRESS ROOM
The media can download high resolution pictures of the race from the official online pressroom. In order to download the pictures, just go to http://pressroom.rcssport.it/ (username: press / password: press), select “Media”, then “Cycling”, then UAE Tour. The photos are free of charge for editorial use, as long as both the UAE Tour and the photographer’s name are credited.

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