Cycling: Kangert takes Abu Dhabi title


ABU DHABI: Estonia s Tanel Kangert of the Astana team clinched the Tour of Abu Dhabi on after the fourth and final stage at Yas Marina was won by British star Mark Cavendish.
For Cavendish, the world championship runner-up in neighbouring Qatar last weekend, it was a second stage win of the Abu Dhabi race.
Mark Cavendish made it two stage wins in the 2016 Abu Dhabi Tour as he claimed the sprint finish in the final stage on Sunday at Yas Marina Circuit.
Estonian Tanel Kangert, winner of Saturday’s third stage climb, maintained his overall lead and won the general classification.
The Stage 3 mountain climb at Jebel Hafeet proved decisive for the general classification last year, as well, when Esteban Chaves won the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour. It was expected Kangert would extend that trend on Sunday.
Cavendish had also won Friday’s Stage 2, which took the riders around Abu Dhabi city and concluded at the Corniche.
Stage results:1. Mark Cavendish (GBR/Dimension Data) 3hr 07min 44sec, 2. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA), 3. Elia Viviani (ITA), 4. Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN), 5. Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX) all same time.
Overall:1. Tanel Kangert (EST/Astana) 12hr 27min 34sec, 2. Nicolas Roche (IRL) at 21 sec, 3. Diego Ulissi (ITA) 43, 4. Vicenzo Nibali (ITA) 1:00, 5. Alberto Contador (ESP) 1:00.