Abu Dhabi Tour 2018: Favourites
In the Abu Dhabi Tour it boils down to the last two races. Following three chances for the fast men, the 4th stage is an individual time trial, while the final stage ends at the summit of a 10.8 kilometres climb. Who are the favourites to win the 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour? (Slideshow route/profile)
In the first three editions of the Abu Dhabi Tot it all came down to the final haul up the Jebel Hafeet, which is a 10.8 kilometres climb at 6.6%. Last year, Rui Costa won the decisive stage by besting Ilnur Zakarin in a two-up sprint, while Tom Dumoulin came in 10 seconds down on them. Bauke Mollema finished in fourth at half a minute. Usually, these are the gaps after climbing Jebel Hafeet.
The 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour is the first edition with an individual time trial. The 12 kilometres course is flat and in theory this offers specialists an opportunity to put 20 to 30 seconds into the lesser time trialists. The likes of Dumoulin, Kelderman and Zakarin must be pleased.
The extension changes the dynamics of the race. The time trial comes after three flat stages and before the mountain stage to Jebel Hafeet. So riders who lost time in the chrono-race are forced to attack at the final climb, while riders who did well at the time trial just have to react.
Possibly the race boils down to time bonuses. The first three riders at Jebeel Hafeet gain 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Favourites 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour
*** Tom Dumoulin, Wilco Kelderman, Ilnur Zakarin
** Ion Izagirre, Alejandro Valverde, Miguel Ángel López, Rohan Dennis
* Fabio Aru, Rui Costa, Rafal Majka, Julian Alaphilippe, Simon Yates, Michael Woods
Abu Dhabi Tour 2018: Route maps, height profiles, and more
Click on the images to zoom.
Abu Dhabi Tour Route
Abu Dhabi Tour Riders
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles All winners - Abu Dhabi Tour Valverde takes mountain stage and GC victory - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 Rohan Dennis wins time trial and takes overall lead - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 Bauhaus bests Kittel in millimetres sprint, Viviani still in lead - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 Viviani sprints to victory and overall lead - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 Kristoff wins 1st stage and takes lead - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 Route stage 1: Madinat Zayed – Madinat Zayed - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 Route stage 2: Yas Island – Yas Island - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 Route stage 3: Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 Route stage 4: ITT Al Maryah - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 Route stage 5: Al Ain - Jebel Hafeet - Abu Dhabi Tour 20 More articles
Vuelta 2018: The Route
Vuelta 2018: Preview
Vuelta 2018: Riders
Vuelta 2018: GC Favourites
Vuelta 2018 Route Stage 1: ITT in Málaga
Vuelta 2018 Favourites stage 1: ITT specialists for first red jersey
Vuelta 2018 Route Stage 2: Marbella – Caminito del Rey
Vuelta 2018 Favourites stage 2: Uphill sprint, or opportunity for attackers
Tour of Britain 2018: The Route
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 2018: The Route
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 2018: The Route
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Route TTT - women
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Teams TTT – men
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Route ITT – women
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Riders ITT – men
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Favourites ITT – men
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Route road race – women
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Riders Road Race - men
Cycling Calendar 2018
Quick Results Service
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!