Abu Dhabi Tour: Paluta in the break, Rebellin in top 15 overall

Michał Paluta was part of the breakaway of the day on a spectacular last stage of Abu Dhabi Tour. It was won by Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), while Tanel Kangert (Astana) could celebrate GC victory. Davide Rebellin was the best CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider in overall standings, claiming top 15 spot.  

The organizers finished their race in style. The stage was fully held on the Formula 1 track – Yas Marina Circuit, after the sunset, under the lights. There were 143 kilometers to cover, which consisted of 26 laps, 5,5 kilometers each.

In those unusual conditions Michał Paluta managed to slip into the breakaway of the day. He broke clear alongside Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Yauhen Sobal (Minsk Cycling Club), Drederik Frison (Lotto Soudal) and Kirstian House  (One Pro Cycling). Together they gained 1:30 lead.

It was obvious that all the sprinter teams were eyeing the bunch sprint, so the gap was under control the entire race.

Michał Paluta was one of the strongest in the escape. In the last 15km he pulled away with Frison and House. Later, House gave in, leaving CCC Sprandi Polkowice and Lotto Soudal riders in the front.

Eventually Paluta got caught with 4km remaining. Sprint train were being formed in the very finale and Dimension Data’s was the most successful one. Mark Cavendish took advantage of great lead out by his teammate, Mark Renshaw and won the closing stage. He bested Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Segafredo) and Elia Viviani (Team Sky).

The entire race was won by the winner of the “queen stage”, Tanel Kangert (Astana). Davide Rebellin completed the 4-day event in 14th (2:41 back) and was also the team’s top finisher at the line, taking 30th place (Alan Banaszek was 31st).