Dubai Tour 2015
The 2015 edition of the Dubai Tour will include a 17 per cent uphill finish overlooking the Hatta Dam and a 60 per cent increase in total race distance, with Vincenzo Nibali confirming during the official presentation that he will make his season debut with Astana at the race.
The second edition of the Dubai Tour will be held from February 4-7, with four road stages totalling 663 kilometres. The race, organised by the Dubai Sports Council in partnership with Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport, has been upgraded to 2.HC status and so 11 WorldTour squads and four other teams will make up the 128-rider start list.
The Dubai Tour is officially part of the UCI Asia calendar but will mark the start of the season for many of the European-based teams and riders. The Tour of Qatar (February 8-13) follows on immediately after the Dubai Tour, with the Tour of Oman (February 17-22) offering a possible third race in the Gulf.