Thus, the European champion Alexander Kristoff won the first stage ahead of the Italian Andrea Guardini and the Australian Caleb Ewan. The young Italian sprinter Riccardo Minali was the best Astana Pro Team performer with 22nd position.
For Astana Team the Abu Dhabi Tour is a first possibility to gather together the nucleon of the team, which is beginning its preparation to the Giro d’Italia next May.
- Indeed, many riders from this roster will take part in the Giro and will be nice to see them racing together. We will see how far we can reach in this race taking in account the ITT at stage 4. But, I think, the main goal is to try to win the final climbing stage. Also, we will have two more flat stages and our Riccardo Minali will try to do something. Today he crashed with about 50 km to go, but everything is ok, - explained sports director Alexandr Shefer.
Tomorrow will be held the second stage of the race: it will be another flat race for sprinters from Yas Mal to Yas Beach with a total distance of 154 km.
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