UAE Team Emirates captain, Rui Costa, clinches the Abu Dhabi Tour Red Jersey as Overall Leader of the Race


UAE Team Emirates captain Rui Costa sealed the general classification title at the fourth and final 143-kilometre Yas Island Stage, held exclusively on the Yas Marina Circuit, thanks primarily to his victory in Saturday’s mid-mountain Al Maryah Island Stage.

Rui Costa Quote:

‘It was a good a race, the course was difficult and the rain added to its complexity. I am so grateful and happy to be the overall winner. I feel that with this win in our hometown, UAE Team Emirates has completed its goal for the Abu Dhabi Tour 2017. This is the kind of win that makes me feel very proud, as  it wasn’t easy, it was a difficult win but it was so important for me, and for my team and for our sponsors.


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Notes to Editors

About UAE Team Emirates

UAE Team Emirates is a professional cycling team licensed to compete on the UCI World Tour, the pinnacle tour of men’s professional road racing. Owned by Swiss-based company CGS Cycling, the management team comprises Mr. Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri – President, Mr. Giuseppe Saronni – General Manager, and Mr. Mauro Gianetti – Promoter.

UAE Team Emirates’ 26 man squad for the 2017 season comprises:

AIT EL ABDIA Anass 21.03.1993 MAR
ATAPUMA HURTADO Jhon Darwin 15.01.1988 COL
BONO Matteo 11.11.1983 ITA
CONSONNI Simone 12.09.1994 ITA
CONTI Valerio 30.03.1993 ITA
ĐURASEK Kristijan 26.07.1987 CRO
FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto 05.10.1986 POR
FERRARI Roberto 09.03.1983 ITA
GANNA Filippo 25.07.1996 ITA
GUARDINI Andrea 12.06.1989 ITA
KUMP Marko 09.09.1988 SLO
LAENGEN Vegard Stake 07.02.1989 NOR
MARCATO Marco 11.02.1984 ITA
MEINTJES Louis 21.02.1992 RSA
Mirza alhammadi Yousif 08.10.1988 UAE
MODOLO Sacha 19.06.1987 ITA
MOHORIC Matej 19.10.1994 SLO
MORI Manuele 09.08.1980 ITA
NIEMIEC Przemyslaw 11.04.1980 POL
PETILLI Simone 04.05.1993 ITA
POLANC Jan 06.05.1992 SLO
RAVASI Edward 05.06.1994 ITA
SWIFT Ben 05.11.1987 GBR
TROIA Oliviero 01.09.1994 ITA
ULISSI Diego 15.07.1989 ITA
ZURLO Federico 25.02.1994 ITA


UAE Team Emirates Official Partners are:

  • Kopaonik Property Investment LLC (lead sponsor)
  • Emirates (co-title sponsor)
  • ADS Securities
  • International Golden Group
  • Colnago
  • Champion System
  • Met
  • Mitsubishi Motors

About Emirates

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has received more than 500 international awards and accolades for excellence, including Skytrax’s ‘World’s Best Airline 2016’. With a fleet of over 250 fuel-efficient and wide-body aircraft, the multi-award winning airline flies to 154 destinations in 83 countries. In 2016, Emirates launched a host of exciting new routes including: Cebu and Clark in the Philippines, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou in China, Yangon in Myanmar, Hanoi in Vietnam, Fort Lauderdale in the US and cargo-only destination Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Destinations announced for 2017 include Zaghreb in Croatia and a daily service to Newark in the United States via Athens.  The airline is the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380 with 89 A380 aircraft in service. The airline’s innovations on the double-decker include an Onboard Shower Spa for First Class passengers and an Onboard Lounge in First and Business Class.  Emirates is also the industry’s largest operator of Boeing 777s with more than 160 in the fleet. Currently, 223 aircraft worth US$108 billion are in the order books. Emirates connects its passengers with sports such as football, rugby, tennis, horseracing, golf, cricket and F1, among others.

About ADS Securities

ADS Securities is an Abu Dhabi based international financial services company, dedicated to providing the highest quality investment opportunities for institutional, private and retail clients.  It offers unique online trading, global market, investment banking and wealth management services.  Established in 2011, ADS Securities is part of the ADS Holding group and in a short period of time has established itself as a leading forex, bullion and online trading firm.  It is regulated and licensed by the UAE Central Bank, and was established with initial capital of US$400 million.  ADS Securities is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.  A regional HQ office, ADS Securities Hong Kong Limited, regulated by the SFC (AXC847), was launched in December 2013.  ADS Securities Singapore Pte was established in Singapore in 2011, and provides customer support across the region.  In the UK, ADS Securities London Limited is authorised and regulated by the FCA (577453), and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ADS Securities’ parent company.  For more information please go to

About International Golden Group (IGG)

Established in 2002 with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, International Golden Group (IGG) PJSC specialises in providing high-end defence and security solutions. Recognised as a leading supplier to the UAE Armed forces, Ministry of Interior, and other defence and security authorities, IGG provides unsurpassed levels of services to our growing customer base by employing highly dedicated and experienced personnel. At IGG, they ultimately aim to build alliances and partnerships in the defence field by entering into long-term partnerships with strategic business partners, both locally and internationally. Their dedication and focus are aimed towards moving into complex system integrations


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