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by Shane Stokes
December 23, 2014
The Tour of Beijing may have come to an end but the peloton will have a new late season contest outside Europe after Giro d’Italia organisers RCS Sport confirmed the first running of the Abu Dhabi Tour next October.
The 2.1-ranked event will run from October 8 to 11 and should see a host of big teams heading to the United Arab Emirates’ capital. It will be part of the Asia Tour.
According to RCS Sport, it will feature ‘many of the top world cycling teams and their leading riders.’
Full route details will be made clear in June 2015.
“RCS MediaGroup is proud to announce this partnership with Abu Dhabi,” said RCS MediaGroup CEO Pietro Scott Jovane. “For our Group, sport is one of the strategic assets that we continue to foster through both our core media platforms, La Gazzetta dello Sport and Marca, and our sport business and events operations, RCS Sport and Last Lap.”
The race is a partnership between the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and RCS Sport.
General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council Aref Hamad Al Awani said that the race would “show to the entire world the most prominent landmarks of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and will bring additional value to the world of cycle racing.
“This event is in line with the overall goal of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council to develop sport through events that reach the entire community, from the young to families, as cycling does.”
Confirmation of the race follows the hosting of several editions of the ASO-promoted Tours of Qatar and Oman, as well as RCS Sport’s Tour of Dubai.
According to Lorenzo Giorgetti, the Director of RCS Sports and Events group JLT, which is the UAE wholly owned subsidiary of RCS Sport, the race is part of RCS Sports’ strategy of extending its activities in new international markets.
The identities of the teams and riders who will take part have not been announced thus far, but this information will become more clear over time.