Froome, Valverde to headline new UAE Tour
Organisers of the UAE Tour, the new event which combines the Dubai and Abu Dhabi tours, unveiled the route for the seven-day WorldTour race and announced that world champion Alejandro Valverde , Giro d'Italia winner Chris Froome , former Giro winners Tom Dumoulin and Vincenzo Nibali , and sprinters Elia Viviani and Marcel Kittel have signed on to compete in the race. The UAE Tour follows the 2.HC Tour of Oman, and will run from February 24 to March 2. The first three stages will take place in Abu Dhabi, with a 16km team time trial kicking off the race on Al Hudayriat Island. The sprinters will enjoy stage 2, which starts on Yas Island, passing through Halifa Port and finishing at the Big Flag for a pan-flat 184km. The climbers will come to the fore on the next stage when a flat start in Al Ain comes to an ...
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