Abu Dhabi Tour cycling leaders will wear all four colours of UAE flag in October race

The UAE flag will figure prominently at the 555-kilometre, four-stage race, which will be held from October 8-11 and is expected to attract top cyclists from around the world, writes Osman Samiuddin.
Abu Dhabi Tour race organisers unveiled four jerseys, in the four colours of the UAE flag, which will be worn by leaders in four race classifications. The 555-kilometre, four-stage race will be held from October 8-11 and is expected to attract top cyclists from around the world. DELORES JOHNSON / The National
Abu Dhabi Tour race organisers unveiled four jerseys, in the four colours of the UAE flag, which will be worn by leaders in four race classifications. The 555-kilometre, four-stage race will be held from October 8-11 and is expected to attract top cyclists from around the world. DELORES JOHNSON / The National

The UAE flag will figure prominently next month through the first Abu Dhabi Tour. Race organisers unveiled four jerseys, in the four colours of the UAE flag, which will be worn by leaders in four race classifications. The 555-kilometre, four-stage race will be held from October 8-11 and is expected to attract top cyclists from around the world.

Red jersey (Powered by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company)

This is the general classification jersey, and arguably the most prestigious. It will be worn by the race’s overall winner, the fastest rider in the race based on time.

“Not everyone knows that red is the dominant colour of the Abu Dhabi traditional flag,” said Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

“In this manner, we want to symbolize all our history while we are on the world stage.”

Green jersey (Powered by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority)

The points classification jersey will be worn by the fastest man of the petolon at the end of the tour, based on points.

It is the one Mark Cavendish, the race ambassador, will be aiming for. “Obviously, the green jersey at the end of the tour for the best sprinter,” Cavendish said.

“There’s three possible sprints, so I’d like to see that. If it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen, but I want to be successful when I come here.”

White jersey (Powered by The National)

The white jersey will be worn by the best young rider – those under 25 – in the overall classification.

“The National is delighted to be supporting this race,” said Mohammed Al Otaiba, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief. “We are enthusiastic about cycling as a mode of transportation, recreation and as a sport.”

Black jersey (Powered by Etihad)

Designated locations on each day’s route will mark in-race sprints, enabling riders to collect points. The intermediate sprint classification jersey will be worn by the rider with the most sprint points through the race.

“I will focus more on the red and green jerseys, but I am very curious about the black, which is an unusual colour on the international cycling circuit,” Cavendish said.

osamiuddin@thenational.ae

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Published: September 15, 2015 04:00 AM

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