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, offers stages for every type of rider, and has therefore attracted some pretty big names.
With at three of the five stages being for the sprinters, there is a strong field of fastmen, including Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)
However, the race overall will likely be decided on the individual time trial on stage four, a flat 12.6km time trial, and stage five, which features an uphill finish to Jebel Hafeet.
Aside from the sprinters, there are plenty of big names in the race to try and contest overall victory, including Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), and defending champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates).
Like the first two days, stage three is a flat stage of 133km in length from Nation Towers to Big Flag.
The 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour continues on Saturday with a flat individual time trial stage of 12.6km starting and finishing at Al Maryah Island. With a flat course and relatively short length the time gaps should be small, but should still see the general classification start to take shape ahead of Sunday’s summit finish.