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Diego Ulissi is UAE's hero as Team Emirates rider finishes second in Tour de France Stage 15

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UAE Team Emirates’ Diego Ulissi produced a brilliant ride to grab second place on stage 15 of the Tour de France on Sunday.

And in doing so, he recorded the best result for his team on this year’s Tour. The Italian joined the counterattacking group early on in the race and was successful in the sprint finish, overcoming three other riders in the battle to the finish line.

There was also good news for UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes, whose 34th place finish in Sunday’s stage meant a climb up the General Classification standings. The South African now sits in eighth place.

Bauke Mollema won the stage in a solo breakaway to Le Puy en Velay as Chris Froome retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

Commenting on his second place finish, Ulissi said: “Mollema started at the top of the climb and we left him too much space. We tried to chase him but honestly, he had great legs and he was strong. He deserves the win. It’s a shame I got second place but I performed to my maximum. I will try again to get a victory.”

Meintjes was understandably proud of his rise in the overall standings.

“It was a very hard day and a very interesting day,” he said. “We raced pretty aggressively from the start trying to get Diego in the breakaway. I stayed with most of the favourites, but the last 50kms and in the last categorised climb we were also racing in the back and I just managed to stay with the front group. I tried a little bit but didn’t really get away. Only five days left to do something.”

Meanwhile, reigning champion Froome had to survive a worrying moment when he suffered a mechanical problem in the last 50km that saw him drop 50 seconds behind his main rivals as he had to take a wheel from team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski to continue.

With Romain Bardet’s AG2R team pushing the pace, a mad 20km chase ensued as Mikel Nieve, Vasil Kiryienka and Sergio Henao helped pace Froome back to the group, and the three-time champion made contact 3km before the summit of the first-category col de Peyra Taillade, 30km from the finish.

“AG2R did their race, they went quickly up the climb but just before the climb I had a problem with my rear wheel – it was broken and I had to change it,” Froome said.

“My team-mate Kwiatkowski stopped and gave me his wheel because the team car was a long way away. We did the maximum to get back to the head of race. Again thanks to my friends and team-mates. Sergio Henao and Mikel Nieve did everything to get back to the front of the race, and Mikel Landa as well who waited for me at the top.”

Riders will have the chance to regain energy during Monday’s rest day. Stage 16 will be one of the most beautiful on the Tour as riders head through the volcanic planes of Massif Central towards the River Rhône.

Diego Ulissi - UAE Team Emirates

Diego Ulissi – UAE Team Emirates

STAGE 15 RESULTS

Rider Name (Country) Team Result

1 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek – SegaFredo 4:41:47
2 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:19
3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Sudal ”
34 Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates 0:06:24

General Classification results after stage 15

Rider Name (Country) Team Result

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 64:40:21
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:18
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Monidale 0:00:23
8 Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates 0:05:09

Youth results after stage 15

Rider Name (Country) Team Result

1 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica – Scott 55:32:10
2 Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates 0:03:07
3 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Sudal 0:28:08

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Stay active this summer at Dubai Sports World

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It’s that time of the year again when the temperatures rise and athletes head indoors to the mecca of Dubai Sports World, where sport never stops.

Since its inaugural edition in 2011, Dubai Sports World has experienced tremendous year-on-year growth and is expected to cross the one million visitors’ milestone this year.

Whatever your preferred sport or activity, Dubai Sports World features an all-encompassing, air-conditioned space that hosts multiple pitches and courts across 25,000 square metres.

Appearances and visits by more than 50 local and international sport heroes including football sensations Diego Maradona, Michel Salgado and Frederic Kanoute, women’s badminton champion Mona Al Sahlawi and UAE football icons Ahmed Khalil and Habib Al Fardan have inspired young participants at the venue.

Dubai Sports World has expanded its offerings to include 12 badminton courts by Shuttle Time Dubai, four pro-standard pitches for 5-a-side football, four pro-standard pitches for 7-a-side football and rugby, six basketball courts, three tennis courts, a mini-cricket pitch, a regulation-sized volleyball court, a state-of-the-art gym, a dedicated fitness studio, a cycling studio, a running track and a free-to-enter Table Tennis Zone.

Dubai Sports World has also partnered with a number of professional academies, groups and initiatives, including Shuttle Time Dubai, IFA Football Academy, Tennis360, Juventus Academy Dubai, KAFO Academy and Rage.

Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, Dubai World Trade Centre said: “Dubai Sports World is a fantastic venue for the entire community – irrespective of age or skill – to engage in and participate in sports and fitness, and is aligned with Dubai’s promotion of a healthy lifestyle amongst its residents.”

To find out more about Dubai Sports World, visit www.dubaisportsworld.ae.

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UAE team vow to give their best at London 2017 in honour of Abdullah Hayayei

Sport360 staff 12/07/2017
Abdullah Hayayei (Photo credit: Gaber Abedeen)

The UAE Paralympic sport community is in a state of shock following the death of Emirati Paralympian Abdullah Hayayei during a training session at an official venue of the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships on Tuesday, where he was preparing for the competition.

Majid Al Usaimi, the vice president of the UAE National Paralympic Committee (NPC), confirmed in a press conference at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Wednesday, that Hayayei's death involved the collapse of a metal throwing cage on his head.

The incident was witnessed by his team-mates, team officials, and a number of staff from the London 2017 organising committee, according to Craig Spence, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) media and communications director.

Both IPC and London 2017 organising committee officials were unable to reveal any details of the incident due to a current police investigation in the matter, but Al Usaimi had already told UAE media on Tuesday about the collapsed throwing cage and when asked on Wednesday if that were the case, Ed Warner, the London 2017 organising committee co-chair said it was a "fair assumption". "The incident took place at 17:00 hours and as soon as it happened, an onsite member of the competition team emergency services, called emergency services and the first ambulance was onsite before that call had even finished. Two onsite London 2017 physios at the venue immediately attended the incident to offer what help they could. Police and the London ambulance were soon on the scene. Sadly at 17:20, the athlete was pronounced dead at the scene. As is the procedure in cases of a sudden death, a police investigation is ongoing with the support of the Health and Safety Executive," said Spence on Wednesday. The Newham Leisure Centre, where the incident took place, is closed until further notice, and organisers of London 2017 considered postponing the World Championships but eventually decided the competition would commence as planned on Friday July 14. The UAE team, consisting of 16 athletes currently in London, have also decided to stay and compete in the championships, is a way of honouring Hayayei. "Abdullah Hayayei was one of our great athletes. He had worked very hard and his dream was to become a Paralympic medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Games," Al Usaimi told Sport360. "He was part of the delegation for the Rio Games. He was a very kind person and was always spreading the positive energy with his friends. It's a big loss for everyone and the UAE and our condolences goes to his family. "Of course it was a shock and it was really really bad to hear the news. We had a meeting with the athletes and they want to give something in return for him because he gave his life to his country. The athletes have promised to give their best performance for Abdullah their friend. It’s not easy for anyone but we need to keep going. "I knew him for a long time and travelled with him to a lot championships. He was one of those athletes who always responded well and was very positive with everyone and his friends." Al Usaimi told reporters at the press conference in London: "He was ambitious, he dreamed to raise his country’s flag and achieve medals for his country and for his family. As a father of five kids, he had a lot of dreams within the para sports movement." Hayayei, 36, is a father of five children. He competed in the F34 class, this is for athletes with a coordination impairment. Due to the nature of their impairment, most F34 athletes are wheelchair users, as a result when competing in throwing events they use a special chair which is secured to the throwing circle. London 2017 was to be his second world championships. Two years ago in Doha, he competed in the discus where he placed fifth and eighth in the shot put. Last September he made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games finishing sixth in javelin and seventh in shot put. Here in London he was set to compete in three events, starting with the shot put on Sunday, followed by discus on Wednesday and javelin on the final Sunday of the competition. During Friday’s London 2017 opening ceremony, a moment of silence will be observed in the stadium to honour Hayayei’s passing.

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