Six stars to watch: Abu Dhabi Tour 2016

Sport360 staff 06:42 20/10/2016
Star-studded assembled cast: Abu Dhabi Tour 2016.

Vincenzo Nibali

Has had a mixed year, as he captured a second Giro d’Italia title but saw his Olympic Games hopes dashed when he crashed out of the road race fracturing his collarbone. After undergoing successful surgery, Nibali is back on the bike and will be looking to finish his Astana career on a high note before joining Bahrain-Merida next season.

Alberto Contador

It’s going to be an emotional Abu Dhabi tour for contador as it’s the final race he will contest in a tinko jersey before the team bows out from the sport and the Spaniard joins Trek-Segafredo in 2017. It’s the first time he’ll be racing in the UAE. Will be looking to put a season of mixed results behind him.

Mark Cavendish

An ambassador for Abu Dhabi tour, cavendish was unable to compete last year as he was still recovering from a shoulder injury. Has done well in the region in the past, with victories at the tour of Qatar (2013, 2016) and Dubai tour (2015). Is coming o a silver medal showing at road World championships in Doha.

Elia Viviani

Won two stages at the Abu Dhabi tour last year and took the Points classification jersey. Also won a stage at the Dubai tour this year as well as last year. Fulfilled a lifelong dream by winning Omnium gold at the rio Olympics in August.

Greg Van Avermaet

It’s been the belgian’s best season of his career so far. He won gold in the Olympics road race, took a stage win at the tour de France and briefly led the Gc, and got his first Worldtour overall victory at a stage race with a triumph at the Tirreno-Adriatico. Quite the breakthrough for a classics specialist!

Michael Matthews

The Aussie got his first tour de France stage win this season, out-sprinting a breakaway group of 7 riders to win stage 10. He just missed out on the podium at Worlds last Sunday in Doha, finishing fourth, but was part of the Orica-bike- exchange squad that took bronze in the team time trial.


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