Elia Viviani (Team Sky) outsprinted Tinkoff-Saxo’s world champion Peter Sagan to take the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour – his second of the week.
Astana’s Andrea Guardini trailed in third place as Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) sealed the overall win after his Queen stage victory on Saturday.
With riders completing 20 laps of the virtually deserted Yas Marina Formula 1 track – each lap being 5.5km – it was Chaves’s race to lose and the Colombian finished in touch with rival Fabio Aru to claim the title.
Three riders, Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-Quick Step) went out in the day’s breakaway, but with few obstacles separating them from the chase group their move was doomed from the start.
Orica-GreenEdge worked hard on the front for most of the stage to keep Chaves in contention, but Astana were also present – looking to set Andrea Guardini up for his second win of the week.
Will Clarke (Drapac) and Francisco Manchebo Perez (Skydive Dubai) tried their luck out the front in the penultimate lap but the marauding peloton, led by Team Wiggins, wouldn’t let them get away easily, catching them shortly after the bell for the final lap.
Team Sky took up the work as the peloton entered the final kilometre, but with a wide road and sweeping corners it was tough to keep an advantage.
With a teammate remaining in the final 500m, Sagan looked favourite to take the win, but the world champion chose to take Viviani’s wheel in the sprint and could not overcome the Italian.
It’s the second time in three stages that Viviani has out-sprinted the Slovak, with the same result coming on Friday’s stage two.
Abu Dhabi Tour stage four: Yas Marina Circuit (110km)
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky, 2-22-43
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo, st
3. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana, st
4. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC, st
5. Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare, st
6. Luka Mezgec (Cze) Giant-Alpecin, st
7. Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai, st
8. Juan Jose Lobato (Esp) Movistar, st
9. Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx-Quick Step
10. JJ Rojas (Esp) Movistar, st
Abu Dhabi Tour general classification
1. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge,
2. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, at 16s
3. Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky, at 27s
4. Janez Brajkovic (Slo), at 41s
5. Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida, at 41s
6. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step, at 1-23
7. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, at 1-29
8. Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky, at 1-29
9. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, at 1-29
10. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18, at 1-40