Mark Cavendish won the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi to Al Ain Classic in a sprint finish earlier today.
The event saw 120 professional and amateur riders join race ambassador, Cavendish, on the 190km course that started at ADNOC HQ in Abu Dhabi. The race finished at Al Jahili Park in the garden city of Al Ain.
Local rider Yousif Mirza, of UAE Team Emirates, finished a very close second to Cavendish, followed by fellow UAE Team Emirates rider Roberto Ferrari in third.
Roisin Thomas of Ireland was the top finishing female rider coming in at 28th followed by Natasha Leask of New Zealand who crossed the line in 35th position.
Speaking about his victory, Cavendish said: “It was an incredible day of cycling which was made even sweeter by the win. It was great to compete with such an accomplished group of riders, both professional and amateur. I always love cycling in Abu Dhabi and I can’t wait for the tour next year.”
The event was hosted by Abu Dhabi Cycling Club, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Commenting on the weekend’s race, H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Cycling Club said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Classic. This event was the first of its kind to take place in the UAE. 2017 has created a good foundation.
“The quality of both professional and amateur entries was extremely high, and we intend to build on this to become one of the UAE’s great races. The Classic and the Family Cycling Festival was a great way for Abu Dhabi Cycling Club to be part of the UAE’s 46th National Day celebrations. We hope that everyone who took part had an enjoyable day and hopefully it has encouraged new cyclists to try our fantastic sport.”