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Cavendish, Nibali, Aru, Sagan and Porte set for Abu Dhabi Tour

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Fabio Aru kisses his winners trophy

Fabio Aru kisses his winners trophy
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The 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour

The 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour
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Mark Cavendish on the stage 1 podium at the 2015 Tour of Britain.

Mark Cavendish on the stage 1 podium at the 2015 Tour of Britain.
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC).

Philippe Gilbert (BMC).
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Alejandro Valverde on the final 2015 Vuelta podium.

Alejandro Valverde on the final 2015 Vuelta podium.
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Some of the top names in pro cycling will ride the premiere Abu Dhabi Tour next month (October 8-11), ranging from Vuelta a Espana winner Fabio Aru to sprinter Mark Cavendish. “The first edition of the UAE capital race will be honoured by the presence of the best WorldTour teams and some of the biggest stars of the 2015 season,” according to the press release.

Aru (Astana) will be joined by big names like teammate Vincenzo Nibali, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano).

Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep), ambassador for the race, will go up against Giant-Shimano’s Marcel Kittel and Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge). Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo),  Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), and Richie Porte (Team Sky) will also be in the mix.

"The new race in Abu Dhabi is exciting and will introduce cycling to a new part of the world,” Gilbert said, with Kittel saying "I'm happy to race at the Abu Dhabi Tour and I am looking forward to being part of the first edition of this race".

“Abu Dhabi Tour has the will to become a reference in the international calendar. Big names and the best teams, including seven squads from the Velon group, assure an amazing competition across the four stages to attract the gaze of the world’s media,” said Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.”

The race will include 18 teams of six riders each including 10 WorldTour teams and five Professional Continental teams, with three more to be announced.

Teams and major riders for the Abu Dhabi Tour:

Astana: Fabio Aru, Vincenzo Nibali

BMC: Philippe Gilbert

Bora-Argon 18: Emanuel Buchmann

Colombia: Nairo Quintero

Drapac: Graeme Brown

Etixx-QuickStep: Mark Cavendish

Lampre-Merida: Diego Ulissi, Xu Gang

Movistar: Alejandro Valverde

MTN-Qhubeka: Daniel Teklehaimanot

Orica-GreenEdge: Michael Matthews, Esteban Chaves

Skydive Dubai-Al Ahli Club: Al Murawwi

Giant-Alpecin: Marcel Kittel, Tom Dumoulin, Ji Cheng

Katusha: Joaquim Rodriguez

Sky: Richie Porte

Team Wiggins: Daniel Patten

Tinkoff-Saxo: Peter Sagan

UAE National Team: Yousif Mirza

UnitedHealthcare: Janez Braijkovic