UAE Team Emirates' Matej Mohoric defends win at Hong Kong Cyclothon

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In form: Matej Mohoric.

UAE Team Emirates’ rider and former U23 World Champion Matej Mohoric won the Hong Kong Cyclothon on Sunday, successfully defending his 2016 title.

The Slovenian rider crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of Robbie Hucker (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team) while teammate Ben Swift came in 11th place.

Commenting on his victory Mohoric said: “UAE Team Emirates was one of two World Tour teams lined up at the starting line. We knew that in order to avoid taking on the burden of having to lead the race, we would have to ensure we made it into the breaks, and that is what we did.

“After 35 km, Swift and I managed to be part of an attack made up of about 20 riders or so and this turned out to be the crucial move we needed in the race. Our group started to break up as the race went on and with about three km to go I launched the winning assault.

“I’m very happy with my victory and this win is a testament to the great support I recieved from my teammates. So I would like to thank everyone! After this race, I’ll be on the starting grid for the Tour of Guangxi trying to make the most of my good form if I am to close my season on a winning streak.”

UAE Team Emirates will compete next in the Tour of Turkey from 10-15 October and the Tour of Guangxi from 19-24 October.

RACE RESULTS

1. Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates) – 2:35:57
2. Robbie Hucker (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team) – 00:00:05
3. Yukiya Arashiro (Japan) 00:01:14
11. Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates) – 00:03:20

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Where to cycle in UAE - Al Qudra Cycle Path, Dubai Autodrome, Yas Marina Circuit and more

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The hardest step is getting off the sofa and leaving the house!

Cycling is the easiest way to get fitter and is incredibly effective at making you mentally and physically healthier.

If you’re looking to improve your fitness, check out these five cycling routes.

AL QUDRA CYCLE PATH

Al Qudra cycling path is the most popular destination among UAE’s cycling community.

The 86 kilometre track, consisting primarily of a 50 km loop, is a pedal power paradise located east out of Dubai, near Studio City and Arabian Ranches.

Depending on racing speed, the track takes between 1.5 and 3 hours to complete.

If you did not have a bike, Trek UAE shop — located at the end of Al Qudra Road — is the perfect place to rent your bike.

Each bike rental also includes a helmet and lights, as parts of Al Qudra Cycling Track are not well lit after dark.

The path itself is free of charge.

MORE INFO: Al Qudra Cycle Path

NAD AL SHEBA CYCLE PATH

Once a camel racing track, the Nad Al Sheba Cycle Path is now a family-friendly cycle park with a choice of an 8km, 6km and 4km paths designed for both cycling and running.

The whole course is lit by night and has all the necessary facilities, including restrooms and changing rooms with showers.

Nad Al Sheba is a great place to bike for all ages with a breathtaking view of the skyline of Downtown Dubai.

MORE INFO: Nad Al Sheba Cycle Path

DUBAI AUTODROME

The Dubai Autodrome normally roars to the sound of motorbikes, but every Wednesday evening, it is taken up by cyclists and runners.

From 6-9 pm, cyclists who bring their own bike are invited to lap the 2.5 km track under floodlights.

The free night attracts a mix of experienced and beginner cyclists all looking to train somewhere without the worry of busy roads.

MORE INFO: Dubai Autodrome

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

On Tuesday and Sunday evenings, runners and cyclists have the chance to lap one of Formula One’s most iconic tracks.

A mix of pro and amateur cyclists descend on the track in the capital to pedal around the circuit as part of the TrainYas and StartYas programmes.

Each lap is 5.5km and the circuit is open from 6-8.30pm. Remember to register online to avoid disappointment.

MORE INFO: Yas Marina Circuit

HATTA MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL CENTRE

Cyclists from around the UAE can take in the stunning mountainous region of Hatta at the various trails on offer at the Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre.

The route – 134kms east of Dubai – is arguably the best destination for mountain bikers, offering 14 kms of routes which cater for riders of all abilities.

The trail is split into different sections, with green for beginners, blue for intermediates, red for experienced riders and black for the elite.

If you want to venture for a coffee and some food after, then Hatta village has some nice cafes and supermarkets.

MORE INFO: Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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After more than 3,000km of arduous racing through France, Andorra and Spain, UAE Team Emirates wrapped-up their first Vuelta a España on Sunday, marking the culmination of a successful debut for the new team at the three historic Grand Tours.

The third and final of the three most prestigious races on the UCI WorldTour, the 2017 Vuelta provided 21 challenging stages and saw UAE Team Emirates achieve a stage victory, several top five and top ten finishes, as well as a 12th place General Classification (GC) finish for South African rider Louis Meintjes.

The Vuelta a España was the final showdown of the season and is the youngest of the three Grand Tours, starting in 1935. The Giro d’Italia began in 1909 whilst the Tour de France was established in 1903.

In the video above, watch video highlights provided by UAE Team Emirates, from the final Grand Tour event of the season.




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