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 on Eurosport between 21-25 February.

Find out more with the 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour TV guide.

Abu Dhabi Tour route for 2018

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

The first three stages are likely to give way to fast, sprint finishes. Stage four will feature an individual time trial, but the standings could see a reshuffle of the final day, with its summit finish on Jebel Harfeet.

Stage one, Weds Feb 21 2018 Madinat Zayed t0 Adnoc School Sprinters stage, 189km
Stage two, Thurs Feb 22 2018 Yas Mall to Yas Beach Sprinters stage, 154km
Stage three, Fri Feb 23 2018  Nation Towers to Big Flag Sprinters stage, 133km
Stage four, Sat Feb 24 2018 Al Maryah Island ITT, 11.8km
Stage five, Sun Feb 25 2018  Qasr Al Muwaiji – Jebel Hafeet  Mountain finish, 199km

Abu Dhabi Tour – 2018 teams

Of the 18 UCI WorldTour teams, 17 will appear at the Abu Dhabi tour, plus three UCI Pro Conti teams.

These are:

AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
Bahrain-Merida (BRN)
Bardiani CSF (ITA)
BMC Racing (USA)
Bora-Hansgrove (GER)
Team EF Education First-Drapac P/B Cannondale (USA)
Gazprom-Rusvelo (RUS)
Team Katusha-Alpecin (SUI)
Team Lotto NL-Jumbo (NED)
Team Lotto-Soudal (BEL)
Mitchelton-Scott (AUS)
Movistar Team (ESP)
Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
Quick Step Floors (Bel)
Team Sky (GBR)
Team Sunweb (GER)
Team Dimension Data (RSA)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)

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

Catch up with highlights of the fifth stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour 2018, a 199km stage from Qasr Al Muwaiji to Jebel Hafeet with a summit finish.

The 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour (February 21-25) will see some of the world’s top riders compete over five stages in the Middle East. The race, which is a WorldTour event,…

Catch up with highlights of the second stage of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour, a 154km stage from Yas Mall to Yas Beach with a bunch sprint expected.

Eurosport has highlights and selected live coverage of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour, running from February 21-25

Provisional start list of the riders and teams taking part in the 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour (February 21-25), with a star-studded list of sprinters