The rider from UAE Team Emirates team triumphs at the seasonal debut.
UAE Team Emirates continued their promising start to the season with victory on Stage 1 of the first Saudi Tour. 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 won his seasonal debut atop on his Colnago V3Rs bike equipped with 12 Speed Super Record EPS electronic groupset and aerodynamic Campagnolo Bora WTO 45.
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