The peloton cruises past Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the capital on Friday during the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. The 129km stage was won by Italian Elia Viviani of Team Sky in a sprint finish at Yas Mall.  Claudio Peri / EPA
The peloton cruises past Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the capital on Friday during the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. The 129km stage was won by Italian Elia Viviani of Team Sky in a sprint finisShow more

Capital Stage of Abu Dhabi Tour sees Italian domination again



ABU DHABI // Italian cyclist Elia Viviani took the overall leader’s red jersey from compatriot Andrea Guardini on day two of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour on Friday after finishing the stage in just over three hours.

One hundred and eight riders from 18 teams took part in the Capital Stage of the four-stage tour. Spectators thronged sections of the 129-kilometre route that started at Yas Marina Circuit and finished at Yas Mall.

The race passed some of the capital’s iconic landmarks, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace, the Corniche and Saadiyat Island.

The cyclists started at 2pm and finished at about 5pm.

Peter Sagan won the race’s white jersey, sponsored by The National, for the best young rider of the stage.

Cycling fan Almur Al Mansoori, 28, was out in the desert for the first stage of the tour on Thursday and was in the city to witness Friday’s competition.

He said the event was very well organised and “exciting and memorable”.

“I was surprised to hear they would be passing by Yas Mall. This is a great adventure and I am glad I could witness it – twice,” Mr Al Mansoori said.

But, he said, it was disappointed at the lack of video screens inside the mall to watch events unfold.

“We waited in the heat. It would have been nice to have live scenes on big screens,” he said.

Abhishek Karole, a cyclist himself, cycled across the designated route and waited for about an hour for the professionals to pass.

“It’s a good day. This never happens in the UAE and it is such a big event,” he said.

“I missed the California tour when I was in the United States, so I didn’t want to miss this.”

Road closures in the city for the tour did not cause any major traffic congestion.

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Company name: Namara
Started: June 2022
Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices

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Started: 2022

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Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

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She was held in her native country a year later.+

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1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

Fight card

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2. Lightweight 70kg: Mohammed Kareem Aljnan (SYR) v Alphonse Besala (CMR)

3. Welterweight 77kg:Marcos Costa (BRA) v Abdelhakim Wahid (MAR)

4. Lightweight 70kg: Omar Ramadan (EGY) v Abdimitalipov Atabek (KGZ)

5. Featherweight 66kg: Ahmed Al Darmaki (UAE) v Kagimu Kigga (UGA)

6. Catchweight 85kg: Ibrahim El Sawi (EGY) v Iuri Fraga (BRA)

7. Featherweight 66kg: Yousef Al Husani (UAE) v Mohamed Allam (EGY)

8. Catchweight 73kg: Mostafa Radi (PAL) v Ahmed Abdelraouf of Egypt (EGY)

9.  Featherweight 66kg: Jaures Dea (CMR) v Andre Pinheiro (BRA)

10. Catchweight 90kg: Tarek Suleiman (SYR) v Juscelino Ferreira (BRA)


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