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Valverde 9th in Abu Dhabi TT, fully in contention

24 February 2018
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Abu Dhabi Tour (st. 4)

Spaniard from Movistar Team completes excellent effort to stay in 8th overall before Sunday’s mountain showdown in Jebel Hafeet.

Australia’s Rohan Dennis (BMC) is the new GC leader in the 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour after a convincing win in the Al Maryah Island TT, over a 12.6km course where Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) again showed his excellent form on a course relatively short, yet 100% flat and not really suited to his characteristics.

The marvel from Murcia took 9th in the day, 27″ behind Dennis and within some of the world’s best specialists -even ahead of World champion Tom Dumoulin (SUN), affected by a costly mechanical-. Valverde remains in 8th place (+24″) of an overall classification still wide open, with ‘Bala’ only 8″ away from the GC podiuum and strong rivals, such as Dumoulin himself (9th, +31″) or QST’s Julian Alaphilippe (10th, +34″) really close to the Spaniard.

The race will tackle its decisive stage on Sunday, with the Jebel Hafeet crowning a long, 199km route starting near the foot of the ascent in Al Ain. The 11km uphill (6.6% average, 11% maximum gradient) will decide the outcome of an event where ‘Bala’ has always shown great strength and enjoyed full support from his Movistar team-mates.

Picture (c): BettiniPhoto.net

Male Team 21 - 25 Feb

Abu Dhabi Tour UAE

(4th Stage) Al Maryah Island (CRI) (12.6 km)
  1. 01 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team 14'21"
  2. 02 Jonathan Castroviejo Team Sky +14"
  3. 03 Miles Scotson BMC Racing Team +16"
  4. 09 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +27"
  5. 17 Jasha Sütterlin Movistar Team +38"
  6. 60 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +1'14"
  7. 65 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +1'16"
  8. 97 Rafa Valls Movistar Team +1'46"
  9. 125 Daniele Bennati Movistar Team +2'23"
  10. 133 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +3'26"
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team 11h21'10"
  2. 02 Jonathan Castroviejo Team Sky +14"
  3. 03 Miles Scotson BMC Racing Team +16"
  4. 08 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +24"
  5. 14 Jasha Sütterlin Movistar Team +38"
  6. 45 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +1'15"
  7. 69 Rafa Valls Movistar Team +1'46"
  8. 94 Daniele Bennati Movistar Team +2'55"
  9. 111 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +5'21"
  10. 134 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +8'11"
See stage ranking