News: World Champ Rui Costa heads Dubai Line up


Star studded cast assembled for the first ever Dubai Tour stage race with the worlds roadmen, sprinters and time trialists

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World Champion, Rui Costa along with Vincenzo Nibali, Peter Sagan, Joaquin Rodriguez, Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara are just some of the big names entered for the Dubai Tour (February 5-8)


It will be the Dubai Tour’s first edition, and competing on Dubai’s roads will be 16 teams of eight riders. Some of the greatest cycling champions in the world are on the official entry list, including: reigning Road World Champion, Alberto Rui Costa; the 2013 Giro d’Italia winner, Vincenzo Nibali, the British king of sprints Mark Cavendish, the young emerging rival Marcel Kittel and his German compatriot Tony Martin, Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara; the Spanish rider, winner of the 2013 UCI World Tour ranking, Joaquin Rodriguez; the young Slovakian champion Peter Sagan and the American Taylor Phinney


Here’s the team list and most important riders:
– LAMPRE – MERIDA: Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (POR), Filippo Pozzato (ITA)
– ASTANA PRO TEAM: Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Janez Brajkovic (SLO)
– BANCO BIC – CARMIM: Manuel Antunes Amaro (POR), Henrique Casimiro (POR)
– BMC RACING TEAM: Thor Hushovd (NOR), Taylor Phinney (USA)
– CANNONDALE: Peter Sagan (SVK), Damiano Caruso (ITA)
– GARMIN SHARP: Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Tyler Farrar (USA)
– MOVISTAR TEAM: Alex Dowsett (GBR), Adriano Malori (ITA)
– OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Tony Martin (GER)
– RTS – SANTIC RACING TEAM: Simon Buttner (FRA), Alex Coutts (GBR)
– SKYDIVE DUBAI PRO CYCLING TEAM: Lucas Sebastian Haedo (ARG), Mohammed Al Murawwi (UAE)
– TEAM GIANT – SHIMANO: Marcel Kittel (GER), Cheng Ji (CHN)
– TEAM KATUSHA: Joaquin Oliver Rodriguez (SPA), Luca Paolini (ITA)
– TINKOFF SAXO: Oliver Zaugg (SUI), Matteo Tosatto (ITA)
– TREK FACTORY RACING: Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN)
– UAE NATIONAL TEAM: Majid Albalooshi (UAE), Mohammed Almansuory (UAE)
– VINI FANTINI – NIPPO – DE ROSA: Pier Paolo De Negri (ITA), Takashi Miyazawa (JPN)

The race route
The first stage – a 10km Individual Time Trial – will be held within the new city and named “The Down Town stage”. Its quite a mouth watering stage with the cream of time trial talent racing – world champion Tony Martin, Britain’s Alex Dowsett, USA’s Taylor Phinney and Spartacus himself, Fabian Cancellara.

The second stage – 122km long – runs through the area with the most important sports building in Dubai, including as the Hippodrome, the Olympic pool, the Al Qudra cycling path, the Autodrome and the amazing Golf Club.

The third stage, the longest of the race at 162km, will go outside the city and through the desert to finish in Hatta. The fourth and final stage – 124km in length – will cross the old part of the city, passing alongside two of the most iconic Dubai buildings: the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the World at 830 metres high.

These stages will quite likely see Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish fighting out the stages after a low start for both riders in the Southern Hemipshere last week along with riders such as Thor Hushovd.


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