Abu Dhabi Tour: Stage 5 highlights - Video

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins stage 2 at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) continued his early-season winning comeback from the crash that ended his 2017 Tour de France with final day stage and overall Abu Dhabi Tour honours. The Spaniard was unstoppable in the summit finale at Jebel Hafeet, taking all before him and relegating Astana's Miguel Angel Lope z to second on the stage and third on GC. "As long as I continue winning, I will continue riding," Valverde said. "I don't know if I'm the best rider in the world, but I'm a rider who wins big races and is always up there." Race leader at the start of the stage, Rohan Dennis (BMC), had already been distanced on the climb and soon after the majority of the peloton as Valverde and Lopez skipped away. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) lead home the first chase group at 15 seconds but had to settle for fourth place overall. Wilco Kelderman ...

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Dennis loses jersey but keeps morale at Abu Dhabi Tour

Rohan Dennis is well protected by his teammates

Damiano Caruso was still draped across his handlebars atop Jebel Hafeet when Rohan Dennis reached over and offered a gesture that seemed to combine a thank you with an apology. Caruso straightened up and clapped his BMC teammate on the shoulder in consolation. "No, you've done the same for me before," he said. Brent Bookwalter eased to a halt alongside them, and the greetings were repeated. Caruso and Bookwalter served as Dennis' pacemakers as he battled to limit his losses on Jebel Hafeet on the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour . The brutal pace laid down by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) proved too much for the Australian – and ultimately, for everybody else. Dennis conceded his red jersey of race leader to Valverde and slipped to 9th place overall after losing 1:43 on the final ascent, though he remained upbeat about his showing on ...

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Valverde wins Abu Dhabi Tour with final stage victory

Alejandro Valverde wins the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) claimed the final stage and with it the overall win at the Abu Dhabi Tour. The Spaniard edged out Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) atop Jabel Hafeet after the pair had dropped their rivals inside the final kilometres. Overnight leader Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) cracked on the climb and conceded 1:42 to Valverde. Valverde took the overall race from Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) with Lopez rounding out the podium in third. The race inevitably came down to the final climb with Movistar pushing the pace alongside Astana. The day's early break of Lawson Craddock (EF Education First-Drapac), Mathias Brandle (TrekSegafredo), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Rudy Barbier (AG2R La Mondiale), Fredrik Frison (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Bresciani (Bardiani CSF), Nicolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo), Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Joonas Henttala (Novo Nordisk) initially held a lead of over 10 minutes but on the early slopes of the climb their advantage was clipped to within two ...

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Tom Dumoulin's first outing as world champion ruined by mechanical problem

Tom Dumoulin recons the Abu Dhabi time trial course

Tom Dumoulin ( Sunweb ) hoped his afternoon would end bathed in sunlight atop the podium on Al Mayhah Island rather than sat in what amounted to a darkened underpass, but it was to this dank setting that he returned after a mechanical issue ruined his first time trial in the rainbow jersey of world champion on stage 4 of the Abu Dhabi Tour . On arriving at the team car park after the stage, Dumoulin held a brief conflab with his mechanics and then spoke with directeur sportif Aike Visbeek, before sitting on a deck chair and staring forlornly into space. The grim surroundings can only have matched Dumoulin's mood after a recalcitrant rear shifter forced him into a bike change that cost him all hope of victory. Eventually, he rose to warm down on the rollers alongside teammate Wilco Kelderman, and Visbeek beckoned a waiting group of reporters ...

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Chris Froome completes Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double

Chris Froome on the final Vuelta podium in Madrid

Chris Froome ( Team Sky ) sealed the Tour de France - Vuelta a Espana double, finishing the final stage of the Spanish Grand Tour safely in the back. The stage was won by Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), who held off late challenges from Lorrenzo Manzin (FDJ) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) to take the spoils in Madrid. Froome finished 11th on the stage, doing enough to also secure the points jersey ahead of Trentin. In wining, Froome becomes the first rider since Bernard Hinault to win the Tour and the Vuelta, and the first British rider to win the Spanish Grand Tour. The Team Sky leader has now won five Grand Tours in a remarkable five-year spell. The stage in Madrid also marked Alberto Contador 's (Trek Segafredo) final outing. The winner on the Angliru stage led the race into Madrid to take the applause from the home ...

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