2017 Dubai Tour from A to Z

Dubai Tour 2017 – 5th stage Meraas stage 124 km – 04/02/2017 – Marcel Kittel (GER – QuickStep – Floors) – photo Luca Bettini/©RCS SPORT

A for Anthem: the opening ceremony witnessed the launch of the official Dubai Tour Anthem, composed by the Italian Marco Biscarini, a disciple of Ennio Morricone.

B for Blue Jersey: the General Classification jersey, sponsored by CBD Now, was worn only by one rider, Marcel Kittel of Quick Step-Floors.

C for Castelli: 598 jackets, 1125 polo shirts, 395 pairs of pants and 679 hats provided for the officials – plus the 16 jerseys for the leaders of the Tour’s four classifications.

D for Dubai Sports Channel: the host broadcaster provided full live coverage of each and every stage on both Dubai Sports Channel 1 (in Arabic) and Dubai Sports Channel 4 (in English), with race, pre-race and post-race shows totalling 24 hours.

E for Emirates: the Points Classification was won by Marcel Kittel, leader of the Red Jersey Classification sponsored by Emirates from Stage 1.

F for Flowers: 24 flower bouquets were presented at the podium after the stages, in addition to 126 medals, 4 stage winners trophies, 13 other trophies and one ‘Circle of Stars’ – the Dubai Tour trophy designed by Pininfarina and won for the second year in a row by Marcel Kittel.

G for Guests: almost 100 VIP guests followed the Dubai Tour from the eight VIP cars that were supplied by the official partner Audi Al Nabooda.

H for Hospitality: 1325 square meters of hospitality area were provided by the organization on the finish area for VIP guests, sponsors and media.

I for Intermediate Sprint Classification: the UAE Flag Jersey, sponsored by the Dubai Health Authority, was won by the Italian Nicola Boem (Bardiani CSF).

J for Journalists: 194 members of the media attended the Dubai Tour, comprising 146 journalists and 48 photographers, representing 86 international and national media outlets.

K for Kittel: the German sprinter now holds the record of stage wins – eight, across three different editions of the Dubai Tour.

L for Likes: up 54% on Facebook, 30% on Twitter and 36% on Instagram compared with the 2016 edition by the start of stage 5.

M for Meraas: the City Walk area hosted the final sprint won by Marcel Kittel from Elia Viviani and Riccardo Minali.

N for News: more than 4000 articles during the five days of the Dubai Tour discussed the Dubai Tour across numerous international media.

O for Official Timekeeper: Yousif Mirza received the “Don’t Crack Under Pressure Performance” prize offered by Tag Heuer, Dubai Tour’s official timekeeper.

P for Palm: thanks to Nakheel, the opening stage of the Dubai Tour finished in front of the iconic Atlantis gate, the location of the first stunning sprint in this year’s Dubai Tour.

Q for Quote: “Good decision of @rcssport & UCI to cancel stage 4 of @dubaitour. It’s a real storm out here in Hatta & riders safety needs priority”. Marcel Kittel’s Tweet is the quote of the Dubai Tour’s week.

R for Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority: what an amazing finish on stage 2 in Ras Al Khaimah, directly in front of the Mangroves forest!

S for Speed: the 2017 Dubai Tour registered the highest average speed ever, at 45,588 kph!

T for Television: The Dubai Tour was shown in 183 countries, +18% compared with 2016, and +63% compared with 2015.

U for UAE: six Emirates were involved in the 2017 Dubai Tour’s route: Ajman, Sharjah, Umm-Al-Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and, of course, Dubai.

V for Village: 28 hours of activity across five days dedicated to fans at the Dubai Tour Fan Village at DIMC (Dubai International Marina Club), thanks to the performances of Vittorio Brumotti and the sponsor booths of Vittoria, CBD Now, RTA, Dubai Tour Official Store, Novo Nordisk, Ajman Tourism Development Department, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, Ride Bike Shop, The Cycle Hub, and Wolfi’s Bike Shop.

W for Westin: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina hosted all the teams during the Dubai Tour’s week.

X for XL: as the extra-large coverage of the Dubai Eye’s team. The official radio broadcasted more than 30 hours thanks to a team of around 25 people including the  reporters and tech team.

Y for Young: the Best Young Rider – the White Jersey, sponsored by RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), was worn by one rider throughout this year’s Dubai Tour, the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo).

Z for “Zero”: the number of winning nations this year other than Germany!

See you in 2018.

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