Abu Dhabi Tour

The peloton at the Abu Dhabi Tour

Where: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
When: 21-25 February, 2018
Rank: UCI WorldTour

Abu Dhabi Tour: 2018 race and history

The Abu Dhabi Tour is the third event in the 2018 UCI WorldTour calendar, and reaches its fourth edition having been first run in 2015.

The five-day race has lent itself towards sprinters for the most part with its flatlands providing the majority of stages.

But climbers have won the overall title, with the summit finish of Jebel Hafeet providing Rui Costa, Esteban Chaves and Tanel Kangert the platform to take their respective titles. The 12.5km climb usually appears on the third stage, although the number of race days has been lifted from four to five in 2018.

That varied terrain provides the stars of cycling the test they need for the upcoming races in Europe, with the top sprinters and climbers from around the world converging on the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) won the final stage of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour, edging out Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in a sprint finish, as Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) secured the overall title.

Costa had taken the overall lead by winning stage three of the race, and needed to do nothing but finish to give his team victory in their home race.

However, the stage win was more fiercely contested, with Ewan benefitting from excellent work by his Orica-Scott team-mates to put him in the perfect position with 250m to go.

From there Ewan was the first to launch his sprint, with Cavendish having to settle for second as he was unable to come around the young Australian.

Abu Dhabi Tour on TV in 2018

The 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour will be broadcast live on Eurosport, every day between 21-25 February.

Information on highlights is still to come, but will be listed here.

Abu Dhabi Tour route for 2018

The route is yet to be announced in full. However, many of the stages are expected to remain largely unchanged.

For 2018, an extra stage has been added – making the race one day longer.

There’s always a stage which finishes atop of the summit of Jebel Harfeet – and that’s expected to give the climbers a chance to shine. The last day of racing is likely to continue to finish on the F1 Yas Marina circuit, ending in a sprint finish finale.

Abu Dhabi Tour 2017 stages/reports

Stage one, February 23, Madinat Zayed – Madinat Zayed (188km) | Report
Stage two, February 24, Abu Dhabi city – Abu Dhabi city (155km) | Report
Stage three, February 25, Al Ain – Jebel Hafeet (186km) | Report
Stage four, February 26, F1 Yas Marina circuit (143km) | Report

Abu Dhabi Tour recent winners

2015: Esteban Chaves
2016: Tanel Kangert
2017: Rui Costa

Abu Dhabi Tour

Rui Costa wins stage three of the Abu Dhabi Tour (Credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Key info: Start list

The Abu Dhabi Tour 2017 start list is probably the strongest in the its history, with three Grand Tour winners including Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali