German cyclist Bauhaus wins Saudi Tour 2020  

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The Saudi Tour 2020 winners are pictured on stage after receiving their trophies from Saudi Cycling Federation chairman Subah bin Abdullah Al-Kraidees and International Cycling Federation vice president Wajih Azzam in Riyadh on Saturday. (SPA)
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Germany's rider Phil Bauhaus of Bahrain McLaren crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Saudi Tour in Riyadh on Saturday. (SPA)
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The pack rides during the fifth stage of the Saudi Tour in Riyadh on Feb. 8, 2020. (SPA)
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German cyclist Phil Bauhaus of the Bahrain-Mclaren team raises his hand in victory after crossing the finish line during the fifth and final stage of the Saudi Tour 2020 in Riyadh on Saturday. (SPA)
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Updated 09 February 2020

German cyclist Bauhaus wins Saudi Tour 2020  

  • The final stage was a 144km run from Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University to Riyadh's historic Masmak Palace

RIYADH: German cyclist Phil Bauhaus of the Bahrain-Mclaren team became the overall winner of the Saudi Tour 2020 after edging out Arkea Samsic team’s Nacer Bouhanni in a hectic finish on Saturday.

Bouhanni, who has joined the Arkea Samsic team this season, led Bauhaus by two seconds entering the fifth and last stage, a flat 144-kilometer run that started from Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University and ended at the historic Masmak Palace in the heart of the capital, Riyadh.

Perfectly led out by his Bahrain team mates, the 25-year-old Bauhaus twice veered in the finishing straight leaving Bouhanni making angry gestures as he crossed the line second. 

Bauhaus gained a 10-second bonus to beat Bouhanni, who collected six seconds, by two seconds overall.

The Arkea Samsic team tweeted their disappointment.

“Two swerves by his opponent in the finish prevented Nacer Bouhanni from sprinting on this final stage @thesauditour,” they said, adding: “No demotion from the jury of referees.”

Portugal’s Rui Costa of team Emirates, who won the first stage, came in as third overall winner.

The winners were crowned by Subah bin Abdullah Al-Kraidees, chairman of the Saudi Cycling Federation, and Wajih Azzam, vice president of the International Cycling Federation. 

The fifth and last stage saw fierce competition from the beginning till the end of the race, due to the narrow time difference between cyclists. 

Bauhaus came first, completing the stage in 3:18:57, and was awarded the Green Jersey. 

Second came Bouhanni, completing the stage in 3:18:57, and was awarded the Red Jersey. 

Third came Arvid De Kleijn of the Danish team Riwal Readynez, completing the race in 3:18:57, while Andreas Lorentz Kron, of Riwal Readynez team was awarded the prize of best young cyclist and the “White Jersey.” 

Italian Cyclist Niccolo Bonifazio of the French team was awarded the “Polka Dotted Jersey.”

Riwal Readynez was awarded the prize of best team.


Fifth and final stage results
1. Phil Bauhaus (GER/BAH) 3hr 18min 57 sec 
2. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/ARK) same time 
3. Arvid de Kleijn (NED/RIW) s.t. 
4. Timothy Dupont (BEL/CIR) s.t. 
5. Imerio Cima (ITA/GAZ) s.t.

Final overall standings
1. Phil Bauhaus (GER/BAH) 17 hr 53min 38sec
2. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/ARK) at 2sec, 
3. Alberto Rui Faria Costa (POR/UAE) 13 sec 
4. Youcef Reguigui (ALG/TER) 22 sec 
5. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/BAH) 23 sec

(With AFP & SPA)


LaLiga Academy UAE launches 2020/2021 season at new home at Dubai Sports City

Updated 05 August 2020

LaLiga Academy UAE launches 2020/2021 season at new home at Dubai Sports City

  • Over the past three seasons, Liga Academy UAE has changed the face of youth football training in the nation

DUBAI: LaLiga Academy UAE, developed by Spain's LaLiga, announced on Tuesday the launch of its 2020/2021 season, welcoming all players at its brand-new home at Dubai Sports City.

Over the past three seasons, Liga Academy UAE has changed the face of youth football training in the nation, with over 2,000 male and female players learning to play football the LaLiga way.

With the move, LaLiga Academy is bringing LaLiga’s global brand to Dubai Sports City, along with its superior youth football training program, executed to the Spanish league’s high standards, and with the same methodology that has developed the world’s best football players.

Moreover, the Football Academy at Dubai Sports City will be upgraded as a result of the LaLiga Academy high professional standards, offering young players the same training and development curriculum and methodology used at LaLiga clubs and delivered by a team of highly qualified LaLiga UEFA-Pro certified coaches.

Maite Ventura, LaLiga’s Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa said, commenting on the announcement: “With the move of LaLiga Academy, we are delighted to bring LaLiga’s brand and gold standard in training to Dubai Sports City, harnessing the venue’s world-class facilities. This reflects our commitment to advance youth football in the UAE, and we are confident that the Academy’s football program delivered to the highest standards at the hands of our LaLiga coaches, will create a pipeline of professional players right from the Academy.”

Hussein Murad, CEO of Inspiratus Consulting LLC, the sports management agency for LaLiga Academy said: “We are delighted to announce Dubai Sports City, which boasts one of the region’s best sports facilities, as the new home of LaLiga Academy in Dubai, in line with our mission to offer young players an immersive and professional football academy experience with a LaLiga high-level training and development program.”

He added: “In three short years, LaLiga Academy has established itself as a football academy in a league of its own, powered by LaLiga, and we look forward to continue growing in line with the UAE’s goals to elevate the standard of football in the nation.”

Open to boys and girls from 4 to 17 years of all abilities, LaLiga Academy, delivers the highest standard of Spanish football training, while providing a pathway to professional football careers and scholarships to top universities. Players will improve their football skills and develop their technical, tactical, physical, social and mental abilities through age-specific coaching sessions and personalized development programs.