The riders clip in their pedals near shoppingmall The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah island and set off to the Quadra Cycle Track outside the city. Following a lap on the track the route continues to Lehbab before returning to Dubai City.
The finish is in Silicon Oasis, a technology park that aims to become Dubai’s equivalent of Silicon Valley.
The route is extremely flat, so a bunch sprint is next to certain. Last year’s UAE Tour saw four sprint finishes. Not one rider managed a double win. Fernando Gaviria, Caleb Ewan, Elia Viviani and Sam Bennett – they all won one race.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints – at kilometre 46.3 and kilometre 111.6 – come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Another interesting read: results 1st stage 2020 UAE Tour.
UAE Tour 2020 stage 1: route, social media
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