Two-time Vuelta a Espana stage winner Esteban Chaves has been crowned the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour champion following a final twilight stage on Yas Marina Circuit this evening.
The Colombian entered the last day of racing with a 16second buffer to Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) and maintained that advantage thanks to the support of his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates on what was another sprint finish.
After a fifth overall at the Vuelta a Espana, the victory marks the 25-year-old’s first professional overall victory at a multi-stage race.
“First a mountain stage win, then my first general classification in a professional stage race. I am very, very happy,” Chaves said after he crossed the finish line.
“To win the first Abu Dhabi Tour is beautiful: it is the first edition of the race, and my first GC too. I'm happy for the team, and the team is very happy for me.
“As I follow my winter training program, I will be remembering this race."
Sport director Matt White said the victory was the perfect way to cap off a great season for ORICA-GreenEDGE and a breakthrough year for Chaves.
“It’s a nice way for us to go into the winter having finished off with a really positive race,” White said.
“It's obviously a great time for Esteban. It’s no surprise that he is moving very well here but it’s a great sign of things to come.
“It’s also a nice way for him to cap off what has been a been breakthrough year for him. He has had some great wins in the past with us, but to finish top five in a Grand Tour and win a stage race in the second part of the season in certainly just reward for all of the hard work he has put in over the last few years.”