Cavendish wins final stage of Abu Dhabi Tour

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) won the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, his second of the race, beating Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) in a straight sprint for the line. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) took a distant third place while Tanel Kangert (Astana) finished safely in the bunch to claim the overall victory.

Dimension Data had done much of the work throughout the stage in conjunction with race leaders Astana. They were present at the front still when the race headed into the final kilometres. The pace on the Yas Marina Formula one circuit was so high that several splits occurred down the bunch, not least at the front when Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) pulled out a significant gap on the bunch as they rounded the final corner.

The Australian glanced over his shoulder to see that his team leader was no longer with him but, unlike in Qatar a week ago, there was plenty of space for Cavendish to have a clean run to the line. Nizzolo was hot on his heels and was closing the gap but the Italian didn't have the legs to overtake the Manxman.

"I'm so happy to be the winner of the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour on the YAS Marina Circuit. There was an incredible atmosphere," Cavendish said. "I missed the race last year because I was injured and I was really jealous of the boys racing, especially on this last day. It was very fast. My teammates controlled the group really well the whole day. I got an incredible lead out. Mark Renshaw was very calm going into the finale. I just had to jump."

Kangert enjoyed an easy enough day in the peloton and maintained his 21-second lead over Nicolas Roche in the overall classification.

"I must say it was more difficult that it might look like because the corners were really tight. I was surprised they were so tight for car racing. It made the race special with the lights and the dark," Kangert said.

"In the end I was pretty tired just keeping the wheels. I can't say there wasn't any pressure because there was, and I felt it. I was excited to race in the leader's jersey. It was my first time leading a professional race. I'm happy everything went well and I might be back soon to defend the title in February."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data3:07:44
2Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 2 - Cell 2
4Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 5 - Cell 2
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 8 - Cell 2
10Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 11 - Cell 2
13Steele von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Trestina-SoutheastRow 14 - Cell 2
16Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:06
18Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 17 - Cell 2
19Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team SkyRow 20 - Cell 2
22Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro CyclingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 24 - Cell 2
26Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 25 - Cell 2
27Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 26 - Cell 2
28Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 30 - Cell 2
32Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 31 - Cell 2
33Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 38 - Cell 2
40Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 39 - Cell 2
41Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - MeridaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:00:16
45Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:00:17
46Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:20
48Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Trestina-SoutheastRow 47 - Cell 2
49Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Trestina-SoutheastRow 48 - Cell 2
50Michael O'Loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINSRow 49 - Cell 2
51Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 50 - Cell 2
52Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 51 - Cell 2
53Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 52 - Cell 2
54Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Trestina-SoutheastRow 53 - Cell 2
55Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Trestina-SoutheastRow 54 - Cell 2
56Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Ahmed Almansory (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 56 - Cell 2
58Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 60 - Cell 2
62Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:28
64Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 63 - Cell 2
65Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 64 - Cell 2
66Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:00:31
69Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team SkyRow 68 - Cell 2
70Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:33
71Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 70 - Cell 2
72James Knox (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:00:35
73Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:37
74Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 73 - Cell 2
75Majid Albalushi (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 74 - Cell 2
76Samuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:41
77Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:45
78Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:01:03
79Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:06
80Badr Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:01:19
81Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:01:22
82Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:26
83Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:01:46
84Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 83 - Cell 2
85Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:54
86Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 85 - Cell 2
87Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:55
88Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:02:09
89Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange0:02:11
90Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 89 - Cell 2
91Nasser Almemari (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:02:22
92Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:24
93Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:25
94Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:02:36
95Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:50
96Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:02:52
97Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:58
98Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 97 - Cell 2
99Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 98 - Cell 2
100Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 99 - Cell 2
101Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 100 - Cell 2
102Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 101 - Cell 2
DNSEdward Ravasi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 102 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data20pts
2Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo16Row 1 - Cell 3
3Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky12Row 2 - Cell 3
4Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team7Row 4 - Cell 3
6Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Yas Marina Circuit - 11th Passage, km 60,5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling8pts
2Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Yas Marina Circuit - 16th Passage, km 88
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling8pts
2Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Yas Marina Circuit - 21st Passage, km 115.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling8pts
2Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Giant-Alpecin9:23:18
2Team Sky0:00:06
3Astana Pro TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lampre - MeridaRow 3 - Cell 2
5ONE Pro CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tinkoff TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Orica-BikeExchange0:00:14
9Team WIGGINS0:00:20
10Dimension Data0:00:25
11Movistar Team0:00:26
12CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 11 - Cell 2
13Trek-Segafredo0:00:33
14Wilier Trestina-Southeast0:00:34
15Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:37
16Minsk Cycling ClubRow 15 - Cell 2
17Nasr DubaiRow 16 - Cell 2
18Lotto Soudal0:00:48
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Final General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team12:27:34
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:00:21
3Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:43
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:00
5Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:01:02
7Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:29
8Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:38
9Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:02:19
12Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:02:28
13Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:32
14Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:41
15Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:02:53
16Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:02:58
17Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange0:03:07
18Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:03:45
19Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:04:12
20Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:43
21Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:05:36
22Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange0:06:21
23Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:06:43
24Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:07:36
25Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:08:22
26Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:09:18
27Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:09:59
28Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:12:19
29Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Steele von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 31 - Cell 2
33Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:12:25
34Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:12:28
35Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Michael O'Loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINS0:12:41
37Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast0:12:42
38Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Trestina-Southeast0:12:53
39Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:13:24
40Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:13:32
41Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:13:39
42Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team0:15:00
43Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:15:06
44Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:15:13
45Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:15:15
46Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:15:17
47Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff Team0:15:20
48Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:15:24
49Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:15:51
50Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:16:14
51Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:16:44
52Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:17:42
53John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:17:48
54Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:17:56
55Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:18:38
56Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:18:44
57Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 56 - Cell 2
58Yousef Mirza Banihammad (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:18:54
59Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - Merida0:18:57
60Ahmed Almansory (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:19:11
61Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Trestina-SoutheastRow 60 - Cell 2
62Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:19:12
63Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:19:25
64Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:19:31
65Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:19:39
66Samuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:19:49
67Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:20:03
68Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team0:20:06
69Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:20:09
70Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:20:10
71Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:20:18
72Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:20:45
73Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:20:46
74Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:20:50
75Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:20:51
76Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:21:07
77Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:21:29
78Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:21:37
79Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:22:31
80Badr Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:22:32
81Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:22:38
82Majid Albalushi (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:22:58
83Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast0:23:05
84Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:23:32
85Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club0:23:38
86Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky0:23:39
87Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:23:41
88Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast0:23:49
89James Knox (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:24:00
90Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:24:12
91Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:24:30
92Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:24:48
93Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:24:51
94Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:25:17
95Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
96Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:25:19
97Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:26:05
98Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:26:53
99Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:26:55
100Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:29:05
101Nasser Almemari (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:29:59
102Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:30:42
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data53pts
2Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo44Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange32Row 2 - Cell 3
4Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky28Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling24Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team20Row 5 - Cell 3
7Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange19Row 6 - Cell 3
8Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling18Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nicholas Roche (Irl) Team Sky16Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team16Row 9 - Cell 3
11John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin16Row 10 - Cell 3
12Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data12Row 11 - Cell 3
13Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team12Row 12 - Cell 3
14Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo11Row 13 - Cell 3
15Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS11Row 14 - Cell 3
16Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal11Row 15 - Cell 3
17Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team10Row 16 - Cell 3
18Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida9Row 17 - Cell 3
19Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club9Row 18 - Cell 3
20Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff Team9Row 19 - Cell 3
21Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Trestina-Southeast9Row 20 - Cell 3
22Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange8Row 21 - Cell 3
23Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Trestina-Southeast8Row 22 - Cell 3
24Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff Team7Row 23 - Cell 3
25Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo7Row 24 - Cell 3
26Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin6Row 25 - Cell 3
27Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team5<