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Chaves wins inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour

Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) won the inaugural four-day-Abu Dhabi Tour, finishing safely in the peloton on the final stage on the Yas Marina Formula One circuit.

Elia Viviani (Team Sky) won the final stage after 20 high-speed laps of the five-kilometre circuit, beating Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo) and Andrea Guardini (Astana)

The 110km stage was raced at twilight, giving the riders a respite from the scorching temperatures they faced during the first three stages. They started in the evening sun but the stage ended in the dark with huge lights illuminating the circuit. Racing on a closed circuit allowed for live on-board images to be produced and transmitted during the stage due to an agreement between race organisers RCS Sport and the Velon teams. World Champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) also carried out a fake pit stop after six laps to change his bike and helmet.

Chaves celebrated victory with his Orica-GreenEdge teammates. It's his first ever stage race success and comes after his two stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana and fifth overall.

The 25-year-old Colombian set up victory by winning the key mountain stage to Jebel Hafeet on Saturday. Chaves attacked alone five kilometres from the finish and distanced all his rivals. Only Wout Poels (Team Sky) was able to close the gap with a paced pursuit. However, the Dutchman slipped out on the final corner after sprinting ahead to enter the corner first. Chaves avoided hitting him and won alone, sportingly refusing to celebrate. Fabio Aru (Astana) also passed Poels to finish second, with the Dutchman finishing third after rushing to get back up.

Chaves won the Abu Dhabi Tour by 16 seconds ahead of the Italian with Poels third overall at 27 seconds. Jani Brajkovic (UnitedHealthcare) finished an impressive fourth on the mountain stage and was fourth overall at 41 seconds.

The last stage again saw an early break go clear, with Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) surging away on the opening laps. They opened a two-minute gap and fought for the three €6000 sprint prizes awarded on laps 6, 11 and 16. However, Orica-GreenEdge led the peloton and the chase for much of the stage, with Team Sky and Lampre-Merida also helping to ensure the stage ended in a sprint.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky2:22:43
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
3Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
4Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
5Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
6Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin
7Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
8Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team
9Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step
10Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
11Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
12Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
13Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
14Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
15Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
16Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
17Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
18Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
19Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
20Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
21Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
22Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge
23Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins
24Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky
25Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
26Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
27Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky
28Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
29Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge
30Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
31Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
32Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia
33Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia
34Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
35Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
36Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
37Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
38Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
39Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
40Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
41Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
42Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia
43Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
44Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
45Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia0:00:10
46Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
47Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:00:12
48Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team
49Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins
50Carlos Mario Ramirez Botero (Col) Colombia
51Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
52Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:15
53Jaber Almansory (UAE) UAE0:00:19
54Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
55Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:38
56Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:41
57Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins
58Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
59Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
60Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo
61Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
62Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia
63Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky0:00:59
64Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:03
65Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
66Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
67Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
68Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:07
69Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:11
70Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:15
71Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
72Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida
73Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
74Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky
75Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
76Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha
77Hassan Mohammed Al Murawwi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
78Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
79Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
80Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha
81Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
82Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:01:18
83Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins0:01:22
84Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha
85Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins0:01:29
86Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge0:01:32
87Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka
88Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:01:56
89Majid Albalooshi (UAE) UAE
90Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins
91Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:58
92John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:02:38
93Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:52
94Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
95William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:03:27
DNFKhaiam Alboloshi (UAE) UAE
DNFTalal Al Balooshi (UAE) UAE
DNFMansoor Ali Shambih (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
DNFCheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin
DNFAmmar Abdulla (UAE) UAE

Final General Classification

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge13:13:55
2Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:16
3Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:27
4Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:41
5Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:23
7Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:29
8Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:01:40
11Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
12Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:26
13Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:02:27
14Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:30
15Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:51
16Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:03:23
17Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:03:24
18Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:25
19Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia0:04:02
20Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:04:15
21Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins0:04:18
22Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:34
23Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:04:44
24Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:04:56
25Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:05:59
26Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia
27Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:06:16
28Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha0:07:14
29Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:07:52
30Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:08:03
31Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:42
32Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:08:49
33Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia0:10:04
34Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:10:09
35Carlos Mario Ramirez Botero (Col) Colombia0:10:16
36Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia0:10:45
37Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge0:10:58
38Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins0:11:00
39Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:11:11
40Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins0:11:26
41Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:11:29
42Hassan Mohammed Al Murawwi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:12:03
43Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
44Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:12:15
45Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida0:12:45
46Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:12:55
47Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:12:56
48Jaber Almansory (UAE) UAE0:14:18
49Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:15:11
50Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
51Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia0:15:21
52Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:15:56
53Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky0:15:58
54Gang Xu China Lampre-Merida
55Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:16:21
56Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:16:31
57Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins0:18:21
58Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:18:45
59Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:19:32
60Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:19:38
61Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:19:41
62Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:19:42
63Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:19:49
64Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
65Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:19:53
66Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin
67Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team
68Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
69Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
70Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
71Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:20:08
72Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step0:20:47
73Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
74Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:20:48
75Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:21:10
76Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins0:21:22
77Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:21:35
78Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:21:39
79Majid Albalooshi (UAE) UAE0:21:49
80Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins
81Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:21:55
82Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:22:29
83John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:22:31
84Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:22:41
85Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:22:44
86Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:22:46
87Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha
88Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:22:51
89Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky0:23:07
90Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:23:50
91Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:23:58
92Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge0:24:39
93Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:24:48