Preview: Abu Dhabi Tour

The UCI World Tour continues this week with the Abu Dhabi Tour starting on Thursday and will come to a conclusion after 4 road stages, on Sunday the 26th of February. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka are once again sending a strong team with the hope of repeating our double stage win success from last year’s edition of the event.

The newly promoted World Tour Abu Dhabi Tour will take on the same format as in previous years, with 3 stages suited to the sprinters and then the all important GC stage (stage 3) which finishes at the top of Jebel Hafeet. After his two fantastic sprint wins and green jersey victory last year, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will have Mark Cavendish return to the Abu Dhabi Tour as our go-to rider for the sprint stages once again.

Merhawi Kudus, fresh off his fine 4th place and white jersey victory at the Tour of Oman, will target the 3rd stage up to Jebel Hafeet and in turn the overall and white jersey classifications. Support at the race will be offered up by our newly crowned South African champion, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Mark Renshaw, Bernhard Eisel, Johann van Zyl, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Igor Anton.

Merhawi Kudus – Rider
The Abu Dhabi Tour is a World Tour race and the peloton will be very strong, the strongest I’ve raced this year so far. My form has been pretty good lately so I hope it will continue and I will do my best on the climbing stage, even if the climb is not so steep. We also have a strong team here with Mark Cavendish for the sprints, so we will be in contention everyday which I look forward to.