Preview: Abu Dhabi Tour

The next stop on the UCI World Tour is the Abu Dhabi Tour, which gets underway tomorrow and ends after 5 stages, on Sunday 25 February.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start the Emirati race with a strong squad, ready to compete for stage wins and a high overall placing. The Abu Dhabi Tour will be the final of 3 weeks of racing in the Middle-East for Mark Cavendish, after racing the Dubai Tour and Tour of Oman this month already. The Manxman will be our key asset for the first 3 stages, all likely to end in mass sprints.

Steve Cummings will start his 2018 season at the Abu Dhabi Tour and with stage 4 being a 11km individual time trial, Cummings could very well be in the hunt for a high overall placing going into the final stage. Lachlan Morton could feature on the GC too, as stage 5 will see the familiar summit finish at the top of Jabel Hafeet, a climb the Australian will fancy his chances on.

Mark Renshaw, Jaco Venter, Mekseb Debesay and Scott Davies will complete our African Team in the Emirates.

Roger Hammond – Sport Director

The Abu Dhabi Tour will be a tough challenge, as all World Tour races are. The peloton has a couple of race days in their legs now so everyone is bit faster, all slightly sharper too so executing our plans will be key to a good result. We have a strong squad here for Abu Dhabi which will look to make the most of the opportunities presented to us this week. 


Mark Cavendish
Steve Cummings
Mark Renshaw
Lachlan Morton
Jaco Venter
Mekseb Debesay
Scott Davies