Abu Dhabi Tour: Nizzolo wins stage 1

Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Segafredo) won stage 1 of the Abu Dhabi Tour after a powerful sprint into Madinat Zayed. The Italian held off late challenges from John Degenkolb (Giant Alpecin) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) to pull on the first leader's jersey of the race.

Giant-Alpecin led the sprint out with Nizzolo patiently waiting until the final 150 meters before unleashing his unanswerable move. Cavendish lost his readout man, Mark Renshaw, in the final kilometre and was left with too much to do in the sprint.

"It was a really long sprint and really fast. What can I say? I'm really happy," Nizzolo said at the finish.

"After the Worlds on Sunday I said I would come to Abu Dhabi Tour and look for one more victory. That's the best start."

The flat, out-and-back stage was marked by a four-man break that included Michael Matthews and Jens Keukeleire (Orica-BikeExchange), Gatis Smukulis (Astana), and Dion Smth (ONE Pro).

The foursome built up a lead of over two minutes, making use of the generous tailwind, before the sling back towards Madinat Zayed.

Dimension Data, Team Sky, Lotto-Soudal and Giant Alpecin combined to keep the break in check and with 20 kilometres to go the gap held at 2’17.

With Trek-Segafredo joining the fray the advantage rapidly dropped to 37 seconds with 10 kilometres go, and the final catch was made soon after.

Nizzolo, fresh from his fifth place in the World Championships road race, was dropped off near the front just as Giant began to wind up the sprint.

The final set of curves strung out the peloton with Cavendish and Renshaw losing each other in the melee. It was all Nizzolo needed to stamp his authority on the stage and take the first leader's red jersey.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3:15:59
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 2 - Cell 2
4Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 6 - Cell 2
8Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 9 - Cell 2
11Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 12 - Cell 2
14Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Yousif Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 14 - Cell 2
16Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 16 - Cell 2
18Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 18 - Cell 2
20Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 19 - Cell 2
21André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:03
22Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 24 - Cell 2
26Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team SkyRow 30 - Cell 2
32Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 36 - Cell 2
38Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 37 - Cell 2
39Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 39 - Cell 2
41Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 40 - Cell 2
42Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 42 - Cell 2
44Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 47 - Cell 2
49Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 48 - Cell 2
50Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 49 - Cell 2
51Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 50 - Cell 2
52Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - MeridaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Edward Ravasi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 58 - Cell 2
60Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 59 - Cell 2
61Majid Albalushi (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 60 - Cell 2
62Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Michael O'loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINSRow 62 - Cell 2
64Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 63 - Cell 2
65Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 64 - Cell 2
66Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 66 - Cell 2
68Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ahmed Almansoori (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 70 - Cell 2
72Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 71 - Cell 2
73Badr Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 72 - Cell 2
74Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 73 - Cell 2
75Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team SkyRow 74 - Cell 2
76Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:00:14
77Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension DataRow 76 - Cell 2
78Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:16
79Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:20
80Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 81 - Cell 2
83James Knox (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 82 - Cell 2
84Samuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:24
86Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 86 - Cell 2
88Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 87 - Cell 2
89Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 89 - Cell 2
91Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 91 - Cell 2
93Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:31
94Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:50
95Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:15
96Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:01:26
97Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:34
98Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 97 - Cell 2
99Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:01:51
100Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:03
101Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:32
102Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 101 - Cell 2
103Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 102 - Cell 2
104Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Nasser Almemari (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 104 - Cell 2
106Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 105 - Cell 2
DNSMatteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 106 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo20pts
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin16Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data12Row 2 - Cell 3
4Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS7Row 4 - Cell 3
6Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Liwa, km 54.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange8pts
2Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Liwa, km 59.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange8pts
2Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tinkoff Team9:48:00
2Trek-SegafredoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Team Giant-AlpecinRow 2 - Cell 2
4Team WIGGINSRow 3 - Cell 2
5Gazprom-RusveloRow 4 - Cell 2
6BMC Racing Team0:00:03
7ONE Pro CyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Team SkyRow 7 - Cell 2
9Astana Pro TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Orica-BikeExchangeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 10 - Cell 2
12Minsk Cycling ClubRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nasr DubaiRow 12 - Cell 2
14Movistar Team0:00:06
15Lampre - MeridaRow 14 - Cell 2
16CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 15 - Cell 2
17Dimension Data0:00:11
18Lotto Soudal0:00:40
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3:15:49
2John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:04
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:00:06
4Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:07
5Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:09
6Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:10
7Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 6 - Cell 2
8Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 8 - Cell 2
10Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 11 - Cell 2
13Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 14 - Cell 2
16Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Yousif Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 16 - Cell 2
18Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 18 - Cell 2
20Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 20 - Cell 2
22Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 21 - Cell 2
23Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:12
24André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:13
25Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 27 - Cell 2
29Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team SkyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 38 - Cell 2
40Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 39 - Cell 2
41Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 41 - Cell 2
43Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 47 - Cell 2
49Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 48 - Cell 2
50Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 49 - Cell 2
51Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 50 - Cell 2
52Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - MeridaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
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