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Winner of the UCI World Tour Individual Classification Peter Sagan of Slovakia accepts his award on stage at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016

Winner of the UCI World Tour Individual Classification Peter Sagan of Slovakia accepts his award on stage at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016
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2016 Women's WorldTour winner Megan Guarnier collects her trophy at the annual UCI Gala

2016 Women's WorldTour winner Megan Guarnier collects her trophy at the annual UCI Gala
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Canadian Leah Kirchmann was second in the 2016 Women's WorldTour

Canadian Leah Kirchmann was second in the 2016 Women's WorldTour
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Megan Guarnier on stage for winning the Women's WorldTour, and Amalie Dideriksen won the World Champinships

Megan Guarnier on stage for winning the Women's WorldTour, and Amalie Dideriksen won the World Champinships
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2016 best young rider Katarzyna Niewiadoma collects her trophy at the annual UCI Gala

2016 best young rider Katarzyna Niewiadoma collects her trophy at the annual UCI Gala
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Peter Sagan accepts his award for winning the WorldTour

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Peter Sagan accepts his award for winning the WorldTour
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Spain Winner of the UCI World Tour Classification by Nation at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016

Spain Winner of the UCI World Tour Classification by Nation at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016
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Movistar Winner of the UCI World Tour Classification by Team at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016

Movistar Winner of the UCI World Tour Classification by Team at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016
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Winner of the UCI World Tour Individual Classification Peter Sagan of Slovakia accepts his award on stage at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016

Winner of the UCI World Tour Individual Classification Peter Sagan of Slovakia accepts his award on stage at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016
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The Gala returned to the capital of the United Arab Emirates and was again hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation

The Gala returned to the capital of the United Arab Emirates and was again hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation
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The Gala returned to the capital of the United Arab Emirates and was again hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation

The Gala returned to the capital of the United Arab Emirates and was again hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation
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Winner of the UCI World Tour Individual Classification Peter Sagan of Slovakia accepts his award on stage at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016

Winner of the UCI World Tour Individual Classification Peter Sagan of Slovakia accepts his award on stage at the 2nd UCI Gala Awards 2016
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Elia Viviani, an Italian racing cyclist, who rides for Team Sky, receives The Winning Spirit - a unique Abu Dhabi Sports Council award for the rider who showed tenacity

Elia Viviani, an Italian racing cyclist, who rides for Team Sky, receives The Winning Spirit - a unique Abu Dhabi Sports Council award for the rider who showed tenacity
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Elia Viviani, an Italian racing cyclist, who rides for Team Sky, receives The Winning Spirit - a unique Abu Dhabi Sports Council award for the rider who showed tenacity

Elia Viviani, an Italian racing cyclist, who rides for Team Sky, receives The Winning Spirit - a unique Abu Dhabi Sports Council award for the rider who showed tenacity
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Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Mens Time Trial Award, Anna van der Breggen (NED), Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Womens Road Race Award, and Greg Van Avermaet, Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Mens Road Race Award, at the UCI Cycling Gala.

Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Mens Time Trial Award, Anna van der Breggen (NED), Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Womens Road Race Award, and Greg Van Avermaet, Rio 2016 Olympic Champion in the Mens Road Race Award, at the UCI Cycling Gala.
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UCI President Brian Cookson speaks at the annual UCI Gala.

UCI President Brian Cookson speaks at the annual UCI Gala.
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2016 UCI Gala - Fabian Cancellara

2016 UCI Gala - Fabian Cancellara
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - UCI President Brian Cookson

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - UCI President Brian Cookson
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - UCI President Brian Cookson

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - UCI President Brian Cookson
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - BMC Racing

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - BMC Racing
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Lotto Soudal on stage

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Lotto Soudal on stage
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Katarzyna Niewiadoma won the young rider classification for the Women's WorldTour

Katarzyna Niewiadoma won the young rider classification for the Women's WorldTour
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Megan Guarnier wins the Women's WorldTour and Amalie Dideriksen won the World Champinships

Megan Guarnier wins the Women's WorldTour and Amalie Dideriksen won the World Champinships
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi
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Leah Kirchmann was second in the 2016 Women's WorldTour

Leah Kirchmann was second in the 2016 Women's WorldTour
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Megan Guarnier winner of the 2016 Women's WorldTour

Megan Guarnier winner of the 2016 Women's WorldTour
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Peter Sagan wore a memorable outfit to the UCI gala at the end of the 2016 season

Peter Sagan wore a memorable outfit to the UCI gala at the end of the 2016 season
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UCI President Brian Cookson and world champion Peter Sagan at the 2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi

UCI President Brian Cookson and world champion Peter Sagan at the 2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) goes on stage

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) goes on stage
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Dimension Data presented

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Dimension Data presented
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Tinkoff

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Tinkoff
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World champion Peter Sagan at the 2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi

World champion Peter Sagan at the 2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - OricaBikeExchange

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - OricaBikeExchange
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - BMC Racing

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - BMC Racing
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - OricaBikeExchange

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - OricaBikeExchange
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - BMC Racing

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - BMC Racing
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2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Tinkoff on stage

2016 UCI Gala in Abu Dhabi - Tinkoff on stage
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2016 UCI Gala - Fabian Cancellara joins the gala ahead of retirement

2016 UCI Gala - Fabian Cancellara joins the gala ahead of retirement
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2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan - Peter and Katarina Sagan

2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan - Peter and Katarina Sagan
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2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan enter the gala

2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan enter the gala
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2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan seated during the dinner party

2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan seated during the dinner party
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2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan seated at there dinner table

2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan seated at there dinner table
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2016 UCI Gala - Fabian Cancellara interviewed as he enters the dinner

2016 UCI Gala - Fabian Cancellara interviewed as he enters the dinner
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2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan join the end-of-season celebration

2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan join the end-of-season celebration
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2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan arrive dressed to impress

2016 UCI Gala - Peter and Katarina Sagan arrive dressed to impress
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The 2016 UCI road season was capped off with the annual UCI Gala held on Tuesday evening, in conjunction with the upcoming Abu Dhabi Tour four-day race set to begin on October 20, the final road race of the year.

The event was hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation, in collaboration with RCS Sport. It was held just hours after the official 2017 Tour de France route presentation in Paris, and so many of the sport's stars were divided among the two events.

Those who attended the UCI Gala were newly crowned world champions Peter Sagan, who also won the men's WorldTour individual classification, and Amalie Dideriksen, along with 2016 Women's WorldTour winner Megan Guarnier.

“The Winning Spirit”, a unique Abu Dhabi Sports Council award for the rider who showed "tenacity, strength and indomitable spirit in achieving victory" this year was awarded to Elia Viviani, who overcame a late crash in the Olympic Games omnium to claim the gold medal.

Fabian Cancellara was also in attendance celebrating his final season as a professional cyclist before retirement. Those racing in the Abu Dhabi Tour, such as Mark Cavendish, were also presented on stage with their respective teams. They walked the red-carpet entrance in the venue and were treated to a special dinner, stage presentation and post-event ceremonies.

UCI President Brian Cookson said: “It has been a standout professional road season for both men and women, not least on the back of the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and the inaugural UCI WorldTour for Women. The UCI Cycling Gala gives us the opportunity to celebrate some of the phenomenal performances from what has been a memorable season. The timing of this celebration could not be better, coming just days after the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, a first in the Middle East, and on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Tour.”