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February 04, 2014, 20:18 GMT,
February 04, 2014, 19:22 GMT
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, February 5, 2014
World Champion Alberto Rui Costa and his Lampre-Merida team-mates.

World Champion Alberto Rui Costa and his Lampre-Merida team-mates.

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Start order for opening time trial

The 127 riders that will form the peloton for the first ever edition of the Dubai Tour paraded before the Crown Prince of Dubai on Tuesday evening in the final act before the racing begins with a 9.9km time trial on Wednesday.

The inaugural edition of the four-day race has used its financial muscle attracted some of sports biggest names, with Mark Cavendish, Vincenzo Nibali, Joaquim Rodríguez, Peter Sagan, Rui Costa, Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara, Alejandro Valverde, Taylor Phinney and Marcel Kittel all traveling to the gulf for the race.

The big-name riders lead their teammates on stage in the centre overlooking the artificial lake at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world.

With a show of national pride and perhaps a growing interest in cycling, the UAE team was the first on stage after a spectacular show of lights, dancers floating under balloons, loud music and the world's largest choreographed fountains, making for a presentation as spectacular as any ever seen at the Tour de France.

The riders used their bikes to ride from the giant shopping mall to the stage, posed for a team photograph and then filled the stage. Many could not resist taking "selfies" or posing for photos under the towering Burj Khalifa.

Costa showed off the new Lampre-Merida world champions' jersey in which he will race for the first time, while Cavendish looked on form in his white British national champion's jersey.

After a day of official photographs, a chaotic press conference and the presentation, many of the riders could not wait to begin racing in the opening 9.9km individual time trial.

Some riders have already competed at the Santos Tour Down Under or the Tour de San Luis but for many others the first edition of the Dubai Tour, marks the start of their 2014 racing season.

Cyclingnews will have extensive coverage of the Dubai Tour, with race reports, photo galleries, news, exclusive interviews and video content from every stage.

Start Order

# Rider Name (Country) Team Time
1 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 13:05:00  
2 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 13:06:00  
3 Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro Team 13:07:00  
4 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:08:00  
5 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp 13:09:00  
6 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha 13:10:00  
7 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 13:11:00  
8 Tan Peng Yuan (Tpe) RTS-Santic Racing Team 13:12:00  
9 Steven Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 13:13:00  
10 Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Vini-Fantini-Nippo 13:14:00  
11 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team 13:15:00  
12 Valter Pereira (Por) Banco BIC Carmim 13:16:00  
13 Nawaf Albalooshi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 13:17:00  
14 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida 13:18:00  
15 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 13:19:00  
16 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano 13:20:00  
17 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 13:21:00  
18 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 13:22:00  
19 Majid Albalooshi (UAE) United Arab Emirates 13:23:00  
20 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:24:00  
21 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp 13:25:00  
22 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha 13:26:00  
23 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale 13:27:00  
24 Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS-Santic Racing Team 13:28:00  
25 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 13:29:00  
26 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini-Fantini-Nippo 13:30:00  
27 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 13:31:00  
28 Joao Pereira (Por) Banco BIC Carmim 13:32:00  
29 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 13:33:00  
30 Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 13:34:00  
31 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 13:35:00  
32 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 13:36:00  
33 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 13:37:00  
34 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 13:38:00  
35 Mansour Thani (UAE) United Arab Emirates 13:39:00  
36 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:40:00  
37 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp 13:41:00  
38 Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha 13:42:00  
39 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale 13:43:00  
40 Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS-Santic Racing Team 13:44:00  
41 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 13:45:00  
42 Kim Magnusson (Swe) Vini-Fantini-Nippo 13:46:00  
43 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Movistar Team 13:47:00  
44 Daniel Mestre (Por) Banco BIC Carmim 13:48:00  
45 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 13:49:00  
46 Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida 13:50:00  
47 Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 13:51:00  
48 Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano 13:52:00  
49 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing 13:53:00  
50 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 13:54:00  
51 Ahmad Albalooshi (UAE) United Arab Emirates 13:55:00  
52 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:56:00  
53 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp 13:57:00  
54 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 13:58:00  
55 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale 13:59:00  
56 Simon Buttner (Fra) RTS-Santic Racing Team 14:00:00  
57 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 14:01:00  
58 Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Vini-Fantini-Nippo 14:02:00  
59 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team 14:03:00  
60 Diogo Nunes (Por) Banco BIC Carmim 14:04:00  
61 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 14:05:00  
62 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 14:06:00  
63 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 14:07:00  
64 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano 14:08:00  
65 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 14:09:00  
66 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team 14:10:00  
67 Ahmed Almansoori (UAE) United Arab Emirates 14:11:00  
68 Bruno Manuel Sil Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo 14:12:00  
69 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp 14:13:00  
70 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 14:14:00  
71 Edward King (USA) Cannondale 14:15:00  
72 Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) RTS-Santic Racing Team 14:16:00  
73 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team 14:17:00  
74 Antonio Viola (Ita) Vini-Fantini-Nippo 14:18:00  
75 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 14:19:00  
76 Bruno De Matos Sancho (Por) Banco BIC Carmim 14:20:00  
77 Mohammed Albalooshi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 14:21:00  
78 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 14:22:00  
79 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 14:23:00  
80 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 14:24:00  
81 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 14:25:00  
82 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 14:26:00  
83 Khaled Altani (UAE) United Arab Emirates 14:27:00  
84 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 14:28:00  
85 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin Sharp 14:29:00  
86 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 14:30:00  
87 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale 14:31:00  
88 Keon-Woo Park (Kor) RTS-Santic Racing Team 14:32:00  
89 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 14:33:00  
90 Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Vini-Fantini-Nippo 14:34:00  
61 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 14:35:00  
92 Henrique Madeira Casimiro (Por) Banco BIC Carmim 14:36:00  
93 Adil Jelloul (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 14:37:00  
94 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida 14:38:00  
95 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 14:39:00  
96 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 14:40:00  
97 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 14:41:00  
98 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 14:42:00  
99 Mohammed Almansoury (UAE) United Arab Emirates 14:43:00  
100 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 14:44:00  
101 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 14:45:00  
102 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha 14:46:00  
103 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale 14:47:00  
104 Sun Jae Jang (Kor) RTS-Santic Racing Team 14:48:00  
105 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team 14:49:00  
106 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Vini-Fantini-Nippo 14:50:00  
107 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 14:51:00  
108 Manuel Antunes Amaro (Por) Banco BIC Carmim 14:52:00  
109 Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 14:53:00  
110 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 14:54:00  
111 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 14:55:00  
112 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano 14:56:00  
113 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 14:57:00  
114 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 14:58:00  
115 Yousif Mirza (UAE) United Arab Emirates 14:59:00  
116 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 15:00:00  
117 Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin Sharp 15:01:00  
118 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha 15:02:00  
119 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 15:03:00  
120 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing Team 15:04:00  
121 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 15:05:00  
122 Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Vini-Fantini-Nippo 15:06:00  
123 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 15:07:00  
124 Rafael Ferreira Reis (Por) Banco BIC Carmim 15:08:00  
125 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 15:09:00  
126 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 15:10:00  
127 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 15:11:00  


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