A look back at this year's record-breaking Dubai Sports World.
The 10-week schedule of sports, tournaments and academies at Dubai Sports World 2015 (DSW), the Middle East’s largest indoor sporting venue, drew to a close this week and in true sporting fashion, set new records. This year’s attendance was up an impressive 13% on 2014, with 198,625 sports fans beating the summer heat in 2015.
Appearances NBA stars Peja Stojakovic and Ricky Rubio, ex-cricketer Salil Ankola, footballer Madjid Bougherra and local badminton star Mona Al Sahlawi were just a few of the many highlights of this year's Dubai Sports World.
1880: The first cricket Test match to be played in England kicks off at The Oval.
1970: Clay Regazzoni took his first F1 win in only his fifth race at the Italian Grand Prix from Jackie Stewart and Jean-Pierre Beltoise. Celebrations were muted as Jochen Rindt had been killed during practice the day before.
1975: 18-year-old Czechoslovakian Martina Navratilova loses in the US Open semis to Chris Evert then heads to the Immigration and Naturalization Service office to ask for political asylum.
De Marchi was part of a five-man breakaway group that was never in danger of being caught by the peloton and proved the strongest on the climb to the finish of the 215km stage from Vitoria to the ski station of Alto Campoo ahead of another Italian Salvatore Puccio and Spain’s Jose Joaquin Rojas.
Aru finished ninth on the stage to stay 26 seconds ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez with Tom Dumoulin now 49 seconds adrift of the leader in third. De Marchi was also a stage winner at last year’s Vuelta and was the favourite on the final special category climb to a freezing finish line descended in fog.
“It was really difficult today, first just to get in the break and then obviously win the stage. Everything felt great,” De Marchi said. “I just had to wait for a position where I could make my strength show, so I let the others attack but in the end the waiting paid off and I won.”
Behind in the peloton, the general classification favourites stayed together for most of the climb, but Aru finally attacked as he tried to extend his advantage with a 38.7km time trial to come on Wednesday which should suit the likes of Dumoulin.
However, the Italian was reeled in by Nairo Quintana as the Colombian showed his best form in the mountains of the race so far to finish sixth on the stage and cut his deficit overall to three minutes.
Rodriguez finished a second ahead of Aru with Dumoulin 19 seconds back in 15th on the day.
The race continues with another mountain top finish on the 175.8km stage from Comillas to Sostres on Sunday.