Guardini wins heat-shortened opening stage of Abu Dhabi Tour

Astana rider takes first leader's jersey

Andrea Guardini (Astana) won the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, after it was shortened due to the heat. Guardini was forced to jump around a slowing Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) but still had the legs to beat Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) Sagan’s teammate Daniele Bennati.

The stage had been reduced by 14.5km after the high temperatures made for a slow day of racing, and the peloton had just one corner to manage in the final 500 metres after more than 50 kilometres of straight roads. Sagan wound up the sprint, working as a lead-out man for Bennati rather than his own ambitions.

Bennati flicked out to the right from Sagan’s wheel moments before Guardini did the same down the left, holding the others off to claim his third win of the season.

The heat beat down on the riders at the start in Qasr Al Sarab resort in the desert. Three riders wouldn’t make it that far though as Jacopo Guarnier (Katusha) was forced to quit due to illness, while Tanner Putt (UnitedHealthcare) also failed to start as a result of a training crash. Youcef Reguigui (MTN-Qhubeka) didn’t even make it to Abu Dhabi, with visa problems putting paid to any hopes he had.

A headwind and the relentless temperatures made for a very slow start to the day. Six men did brave the heat and broke free of the peloton. Paul Voss (Bora-Argon 18), Songezo Jim (MTN-Qhubeka), William Clarke (Drapac), Francisco Mancebo (Skydive Dubai), Alessandro Bazzana (UnitedHealthcare) and Michael Thompson (WIGGINS) were the hardy souls.

They managed to build a lead of over four minutes but the heat took its toll. Thompson was the first to crack, looking a little worse for wear. Clarke and Bazzana were next, but not until Clarke took the first intermediate sprint. They continued to drop like metaphorical flies until only Mancebo remained. There was some good news for the riders as the organisers agreed to remove the final 14.5-kilometre loop due to the slow pace and the heat.

Mancebo maintained a good advantage of around two minutes but when Lampre-Merida took to the front that was demolished pretty quickly. His teammate Rafaa Chtioui sensed that Mancebo’s day was done and struck out with less than 30 kilometres to go. Chtioui asked his teammate to follow, as he breezed past him, but Mancebo had nothing left.

There was a small sense of panic as Chtioui’s lead went up to two minutes but the peloton quickly regrouped and brought him back just outside the flamme rouge. Sagan led the sprint but it was Guardini that came out victorious.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team4:21:11 
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
4Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
5Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
6Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
8Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
10Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin  
11Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
12Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
13Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
14Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
15John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
16Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
17Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team  
18Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
19Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
20Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
21Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
22Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
23Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
24Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
25Theo Bos (Ned) MTN - Qhubeka  
26Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
27Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky  
28Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins  
29Hussein Ahmed Abdulla Jaber (UAE) UAE  
30Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
31Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge  
32Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky  
33Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia  
34Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
35Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
36Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
37Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
38Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
39Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
40Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
41Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
42Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
43Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
44Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
45Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
46Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
47Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
48Carlos Quintero (Col) Colombia  
49Daniel Martinez (Col) Colombia  
50Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
51Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
52Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
53Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
54Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
55Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
56Alex Cano (Col) Colombia  
57Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
58Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha  
59Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
60Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
61Mohammed Abdulrahim Al Majid (UAE) UAE  
62Mohammed Alblooshi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
63Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
64Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
65Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
66Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
67Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
68Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins  
69Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
70Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
71Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
72Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
73Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
74Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida  
75Ali Ibrahim Abdulla Ammar (UAE) UAE  
76Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
77Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
78Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins  
79Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
80Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins  
81Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
82Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:17 
83Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:21 
84Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
85Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
86Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:33 
87Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:36 
88Mansour Thani (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:00:42 
89Mario Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  
90Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
91Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge  
92Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
93Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
94Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
95Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
96Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
97Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge  
98Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin  
99Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
100Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
101Soudir Shir Mohamad Talal (UAE) UAE  
102Sodir Shir Mohamad Khayyam (UAE) UAE  
103William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNSYoucef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka  
DNSJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha  
DNSTanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
DNFTravis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
DNFYousef Ahmed Abdulla Ahmed (UAE) UAE  
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team20 pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step16 
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo12 
4Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team9 
5Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling7 
6Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia5 
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky4 
8Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team3 
9Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 182 
10Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin1 
Sprint 1 - Liwa, km. 70.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling8 pts
2Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5 
3Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team3 
4Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka1 
Sprint 2 - Liwa, km. 101.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 188 pts
2Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team5 
3Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka3 
4Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling13:03:33 
2Tinkoff-Saxo  
3Movistar Team  
4Bora-Argon 18  
5Colombia  
6Team Sky  
7Drapac Professional Cycling  
8Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
9MTN - Qhubeka  
10Astana Pro Team  
11BMC Racing Team  
12Etixx - Quick-Step  
13Orica GreenEdge  
14Team Giant-Alpecin  
15Team Katusha  
16Team WIGGINS  
17Lampre-Merida  
18United Arab Emirates  

General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team4:21:01 
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:04 
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:06 
4Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:07 
5Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
6Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:08 
7Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:09 
8Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:00:10 
9Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
10Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
11Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
12Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
13Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
14Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin  
15Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
16Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
17Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
18Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
19John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
20Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
21Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team  
22Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
23Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
24Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
25Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
26Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
27Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
28Theo Bos (Ned) MTN - Qhubeka  
29Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
30Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky  
31Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins  
32Hussein Ahmed Abdulla Jaber (UAE) UAE  
33Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
34Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge  
35Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky  
36Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia  
37Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
38Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
39Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
40Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
41Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
42Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
43Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
44Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
45Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
46Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
47Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
48Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
49Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
50Carlos Quintero (Col) Colombia  
51Daniel Martinez (Col) Colombia  
52Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
53Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
54Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
55Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
56Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
57Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
58Alex Cano (Col) Colombia  
59Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
60Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha  
61Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
62Mohammed Abdulrahim Al Majid (UAE) UAE  
63Mohammed Alblooshi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
64Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
65Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
66Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
67Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
68Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins  
69Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
70Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
71Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
72Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
73Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
74Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida  
75Ali Ibrahim Abdulla Ammar (UAE) UAE  
76Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
77Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
78Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins  
79Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
80Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins  
81Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
82Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:27 
83Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:31 
84Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
85Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
86Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:43 
87Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:46 
88Mansour Thani (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:00:52 
89Mario Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  
90Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
91Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge0:01:04 
92Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
93Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
94Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:06 
95Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:01:11 
96Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:41 
97Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge  
98Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:48 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team20 pts
2Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step16 
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo12 
4Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team9 
5Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 188 
6Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team8 
7William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling8 
8Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling7 
9Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia5 
10Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5 
11Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky4 
12Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka4 
13Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team3 
14Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 182 
15Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin1 
16Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 188 pts
2William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling8 
3Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team8 
4Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5 
5Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka4 
6Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka4:21:10 
2Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:01 
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
4Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
5Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
6Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
7Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
8Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
9Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins  
10Hussein Ahmed Abdulla Jaber (UAE) UAE  
11Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
12Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge  
13Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia  
14Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
15Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
16Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
17Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
18Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
19Daniel Martinez (Col) Colombia  
20Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
21Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha  
22Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
23Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
24Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
25Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins  
26Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
27Ali Ibrahim Abdulla Ammar (UAE) UAE  
28Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
29Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins  
30Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:00:22 
31Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:34 
32Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:55 
33Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky0:02:16 
34Soudir Shir Mohamad Talal (UAE) UAE0:06:11 
35Sodir Shir Mohamad Khayyam (UAE) UAE  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling13:03:33 
2Tinkoff-Saxo  
3Movistar Team  
4Bora-Argon 18  
5Colombia  
6Drapac Professional Cycling  
6Team Sky  
8Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
9MTN - Qhubeka  
10Astana Pro Team  
11BMC Racing Team  
12Etixx - Quick-Step  
13Orica GreenEdge  
14Team Giant-Alpecin  
15Team Katusha  
16Team WIGGINS  
17Lampre-Merida  
18United Arab Emirates  

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