UAE Tour

Abu Dhabi Tour

The peloton at the Abu Dhabi Tour

Where: UAE Tour, United Arab Emirates
When: February 25 to March 2
Rank: UCI WorldTour

UAE Tour, 2019 race

The inaugural UAE Tour is the result of a merger between the Abu Dhabi Tour and the Dubai Tour, and it will continue to be a UCI WorldTour race into 2019.

The seven day race will kick off on Sunday February 24, finishing in Dubai on Saturday March 2.

The Dubai Tour has always been an event populated predominantly by sprinters, and was won by Elia Viviani in 2018.

Comparatively, the Abu Dhabi Tour was more one for the climbers, thanks to the pivotal climb of the 10.8 kilometre Jebel Hafeet. In 2018, it was Alejandro Valverde who scooped up the win.

UAE Tour on live TV in 2019

The UAE Tour 2019 will be broadcast on Eurosport between February 24 to March 2.

You’ll find the TV guide here.

UAE Tour route for 2019

The 2019 route will be announced in January, but the race is expected to start in Abu Dhabi, and conclude with a summit finish on Jebel Harfeet.

Stage one, Sun February 24, 2019 Al Hudayriat Island 16km TTT
Stage two, Mon February 25, 2019 Yas Mall – Abu Dhabi 184km, flat
Stage three, Tues February 26, 2019 Al Ain – Jebel Hafeet 179km, mountain
Stage four, Weds February 27, 2019 Dubai – Hatta Dam 204km, hills
Stage five, Thurs February 28, 2019 Sharjah – Khor Fakkan 181km, flat
Stage six, Fri March 1, 2019 Ajman – Jebel Jais 180km, mountain
Stage seven, Sat Marhc 2, 2019 Dubai-Dubai 145km, flat

Abu Dhabi Tour recent winners

2015 Esteban Chaves, Orica–GreenEDGE
2016 Tanel Kangert, Astana
2017 Rui Costa, UAE Team Emirates
2018 Alejandro Valverde, Movistar Team

Abu Dhabi Tour

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

Dubai Tour recent winners

2014 Taylor Phinney, BMC Racing Team
2015 Mark Cavendish, Etixx–Quick-Step
2016 Marcel Kittel, Etixx–Quick-Step
2017 Marcel Kittel, Quick-Step Floors
2018 Elia Viviani, Quick-Step Floors

Key info: Start list