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Echelons, punctures, sand dunes and sprints – Inside the UAE Tour Women convoy

A general view of the peloton passing through a landscape in the desert during the UAE Tour Women on stage 2 a 113km stage Al Mirfa Bab Al Nojoum to Madinat Zayed

Stage 2 of the UAE Tour Women was held in the Al Dhafra Region, which makes up about of the country’s area but is very thinly inhabited and quite far from the urban centres of Dubai, Al Ain, and Abu Dhabi, which host the other three stages. 

The drive to the start in Al Mirfa took about 90 minutes, and so does the drive back from Madinat Zayed that we are currently on. The sun is still shining brightly above the desert, but by the time we’re in Abu Dhabi, it will be long past sunset, and the light has made way for almost pitch-black darkness.

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