"You never know - said Gatis Smukulis - I saw the breakaway starting and I threw myself into. There were almost 40 degrees but we have been strong anyway. We made a good job”.
Latvian time trial champion, with three other riders, found the break after only fifteen kilometers to be taken less than 10 km from the finish.
"When I saw - commented sport director Alexandr Shefer - that the advantage was still good and the kilometers less and less I believed that the escape could get to the finish. We'll try again soon. "
Resumed the long breakaway, the stage ended with a bunch sprint won by Italian champion Giacomo Nizzolo, also first leader of the general classification.
Tomorrow the second stage mostly in Abu Dhabi city. Are 115 km entire ride on the wide boulevards along the Corniche, Yas Island and the Grand Mosque.