Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) has won the final stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour in a sprint finish, holding off Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal).
Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) had a four-second lead going into the final day staged on Abu Dhabi’s Formula One circuit and finished comfortably in the pack.
Caleb Ewan timied his effort to perfection as he launched out from behind the wheel of lead-out man Roger Kluge and to his eighth victory of the season.
After his agonisingly close second place on stage two, Ewan was relieved to come away with the victory to finish off the tour sucessfully.
“I guess I started this race on a real low with that crash and then I finished on an absolute high,” said Ewan. “After stage two I’m really happy to repay my team with a win.”
“The team did a great job,” Ewan continued. “We started working early and we knew on this course which were the important corners. They controlled the race from 15km out and no-one really came past us from that moment on.”
“If you really want to be on top you need to beat Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), Cavendish and Greipel and so for me beating them all here, I’m over the moon with that.”
Abu Dhabi Tour 2017 – stage 4 results (Yas Marina – Yas Marina):
|1||Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)|
|2||Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)|
|3||Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)|
|4||Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida)|
|5||Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|6||Roger Kluge (Orica-Scott)|
|7||Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)|
|8||Alexander Porsev (Gazprom-RusVelo)|
|9||Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo)|
|10||Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)|
Final general classification:
|1||Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)|
|2||Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)|
|3||Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)|
|4||Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)|
|5||Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)|
|6||Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|7||George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)|
|8||Fabio Aru (Astana)|
|9||Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)|