Costa sealed the overall General Classification race win at the fourth and final 143-kilometre Yas Island Stage, held exclusively on the Yas Marina Circuit, thanks primarily to his stunning victory in the third stage that finished at the summit of Jebel Hafeet.
Costa made history in landing the team’s first GC victory, and became the first UAE Team Emirates rider to win under the new team banner.
The Portuguese is expected to next line-up for the team at the famous Tirreno-Adriatico race in a couple of weeks, and may then make his debut at the Giro d’Italia, the first of the iconic ‘Grands Tours’.
UCI WorldTour rankings (as of February 26 after Abu Dhabi Tour)
|1||BMC RACING TEAM||1.210|
|5||UAE TEAM EMIRATES||654|
|6||TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN||633|
|7||QUICK STEP FLOORS||578|
|9||TEAM DIMENSION DATA||483|
|10||TEAM LOTTO NL JUMBO||407|
|12||CANNONDALE DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM||359|
|13||AG2R LA MONDIALE||331|
|15||ASTANA PRO TEAM||282|