UAE Team Emirates continued their promising start to the season with victory on Stage 1 of the first Saudi Tour (2.1). The race was marked by strong crosswinds which split the race apart on the route from
Riyadh to Jaww (173k). The peloton left it until the last moment to catch the escape with Costa making his move with 300 metres to go on the uphill kick to the line. Along with the stage victory, Costa now holds the leaders jersey going into stage 2 from Sadus Castle to Riyadh (182k) which should be a day for the sprinters.
Rui Costa : “We knew it was going to be a hard stage and that there was going to be a lot of wind, but we did our best to be alert to the conditions. I knew who I had to watch coming into the finish and that 300m was the right time to make my move before the hairpin. It’s a really important win for me and a great start to the season.”