Valverde Trumps The Abu Dhabi Final – Photo Gallery!
PeloPics: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the uphill final stage of the fourth Abu Dhabi Tour and the overall classification as he denied up and coming Colombian climber Miguel Ángel López (Astana) the success he was looking for throughout a strong showing from his Astana team. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) rounded the podium but missed out on the final top three by two seconds as Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and López accompanied the Spaniard on the final podium presentation.
The peloton kept the speed high from the start in Qasr Al Muwaiji
Fabio Aru was happy with his first race of 2018
Nice fountains in Abu Dhabi
The climb of Jebel Hafeet
The chase group
Alejandro Valverde chased down Miguel Angel Lopez
Valverde pounced for the win
Stage and overall for Valverde
Rafal Majka finished ahead of 2nd overall Wilco Kelderman
Runner up Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb): “I was feeling really good at the beginning of the stage. Rohan Dennis was the only GC rider in front of me in the classification. We tried to make the best out of it. Today it went pretty well for me. Unfortunately, Tom [Dumoulin] had some issues with his front wheel. He needed a bike change. I had to ride at my own pace. I’m happy with my performance. Valverde is an amazing rider. Every year he’s very strong and motivated!”
2nd on the stage and 3rd overall – Miguel Angel Lopez
Miguel Ángel López (Astana), third in the GC and White Jersey: “The podium and the White Jersey make it a good result for me. As always, I’ve had a great team to try and get the victory. But Alejandro Valverde is a great champion. Already to arrive with him up this climb is an achievement. To beat him in a sprint is almost impossible for me. So I’m happy with what I got in Abu Dhabi.”
Another win for Alejandro Valverde
Abu Dhabi Tour winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “We knew that López would be the key player in today’s stage and also the man who could help me win the Abu Dhabi Tour overall. He’s very young and talented. As a team, we have started the season on the right foot. It’s important for the morale. Our motivation is great. This victory is special. It’s outside Europe in a very nice race. Today’s stage was to my advantage and we wanted to make the best of it. I arrived on Friday, I climbed Jebel Hafeet once on Saturday, twice on Monday and Tuesday. Moreover, I did it to get accustomed to the climate and the time difference. I knew exactly where to attack. The great time trial I did yesterday helped me to cap it off today. I’m delighted to win a WorldTour race.”
Tom Dumoulin suffered a mechanical during the stage and also struggled with his luggage
The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Al Maryah Island (General individual classification by time) – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
The Green Jersey, sponsored by Emirates Post (General individual classification by points) – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors).
The White Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Channel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1993) – Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Astana).
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Etihad Airways (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Nikolay Trusov (Gazprom-RusVelo).
Abu Dhabi Tour Stage 5 Result:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar in 4:38:47
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:15
4. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb
6. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:37
7. Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo at 0:47
8. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:55
9. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
10. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo.
Abu Dhabi Tour Final Overall Result:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar in 16:00:01
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb at 0:17
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana at 0:29
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:31
5. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:45
6. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:13
7. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 1:18
8. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates at 1:28
9. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC at 1:29
10. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 1:37.