Cavendish and Dumoulin to ride 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour with added time trial and summit finish

The five stage race being held from 21-25 February in 2018 now features a short individual time trial

Dubai Tour. Photo: Watson

(Image credit: Watson)

The Abu Dhabi tour has grown to incorporate an extra stage in 2018, and the five day race will feature a short 11.8km individual time trial, following three sprint stages and preceding a mountain finish.

Full start lists are yet to be announced, but top confirmed riders include 2017 Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), plus a selection of sprinters including Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

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

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.