Calabria Jumps to Eighth Overall at Abu Dhabi Tour

24 February 2017

Race: Abu Dhabi Tour, Stage 2

Start/Finish: Abu Dhabi/Abu Dhabi, UAE

Distance: 153 kilometers

Abu Dhabi, UAE — After earning bonus seconds in the intermediate sprints, Team Novo Nordisk’s Fabio Calabria stands eighth overall following Stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Calabria featured in a six-man breakaway that escaped moments after the neutral start on the 153-kilometer race that began on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi. The 29-year-old Australian was runner-up through the first intermediate sprint and took third in the second intermediate sprint, which earned him enough bonus seconds to move into the top 10 overall. In the final 10 kilometers, the breakaway splintered and the race came down to a bunch sprint with Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors) taking the win.

“Charles went in the first move and after that was caught, another attack went. I was a little far back but it was the right combination and I jumped in it,” Calabria said. “In a race like this, there isn’t much that separates everyone, especially on Stage 2. It was fun being at the front of the race and part of the race. I’ve had a good winter and it was nice to see all the hard work is paying off.”

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Abu Dhabi Tour on Saturday with the race’s only mountain stage. The 186-kilometer stage begins at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain and ends with an 11-kilometer climb up to Jebel Hafeet with gradients of 11 percent.

Results: 

  • 1st: Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors): 3:28:11
  • 2nd: Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott): same time as Kittel
  • 3rd: Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data): same time as Kittel

Team Novo Nordisk Results: 

  • Martijn Verschoor: 15th: same time as Kittel
  • Quentin Valognes: 21st: same time as Kittel
  • Andrea Peron: 27th: same time as Kittel
  • Charles Planet: 63rd: same time as Kittel
  • Joonas Henttala: 68th: same time as Kittel
  • David Lozano: 100th: same time as Kittel
  • Fabio Calabria: 123rd: same time as Kittel
  • Stephen Clancy: 122nd: same time as Kittel

(Photos: ©TDWSport)

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