News: Quickstep to Abu Dhabi Tour

Kittel and Bauer part of the Quickstep team for the Abu Dhabi Tour starting on the 23rd

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News: Quickstep to Abu Dhabi Tour

Following his successful campaign in the Dubai Tour, where he crowned himself champion for the second year in a row, a triumph to which he added three stage victories and the points jersey, Marcel Kittel returns to the Middle East for the third edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour, a four-day race spiced up by strong winds and a tough summit finish.

Julian Alaphilippe, New Zealand National ITT Champion Jack Bauer, Gianluca Brambilla, Davide Martinelli, Fabio Sabatini, Pieter Serry and Petr Vakoc will be by Marcel’s side, as Quick-Step Floors will try to get a win with the German sprinter, as well as leave their mark on the penultimate stage, which promises to be a challenging one.

This will see the riders go up Jebel Hafeet, a 11km-long climb averaging 8%, but with double digit gradients inside the last three kilometers. “We come to Abu Dhabi with a strong team, and our first goal is obviously to nab a stage win with Marcel” said sport director Geert Van Bondt.

“The race has three flat stages, which means as many chances for Marcel, but we must keep in mind that in Abu Dhabi the wind could be an important factor. On the third day a mountain top finish awaits, and Julian, who proved in Dubai he’s in good condition, and Gianluca, who was in the top 10 here two years ago, will be our chances. This way, we’ll get to see where we stand before our March objectives.”

23.02–26.02 Abu Dhabi Tour (UAE) 2.UWT

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Jack Bauer (NZL)
Gianluca Brambilla (ITA)
Marcel Kittel (GER)
Davide Martinelli (ITA)
Fabio Sabatini (ITA)
Pieter Serry (BEL)
Petr Vakoc (CZE)

Sports Director Geert Van Bondt (BEL)
Rik van Slycke (BEL)


23.02.17 Stage 1 Baynounah Educational Complex – Madinat Zayed 188.0 km
24.02.17 Stage 2 Al Maryah Island – Big Flag Nation Towers 153.0 km
25.02.17 Stage 3 Al Ain – Jebel Hafeet 186.0 km
26.02.17 Stage 4 Yas Marina circuit – Yas Marina circuit 143.0 km




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