Dubai’s first pro cycling team hits the road in Middle East, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia
Dubai, 29 January 2014 – The new SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team has received a sponsorship boost from Audi Dubai in the build up to next month’s inaugural Dubai Tour, which kicks off the 2014 international racing calendar.
Top Emirati athlete Mohammed Al Murawwi, Francisco Mancebo, Oscar Pujol, Sebastian Haedo and Alexandr Pliuskin will take their place in the SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team line-up for an event which features many other stars, including reigning Road World Champion Alberto Rui Costa, British spring king Mark Cavendish, and Spain’s Joaquin Rodriguez, who topped the 2013 International Cycling Union (UCI) World Tour rankings.
The new sponsorship agreement with the SkyDive Dubai Pro Team was announced today by Ali Al Nabooda, General Manager, Audi Al Nabooda Automobiles: “Sport is a particular passion for Audi throughout the world, and especially for us in Dubai. We’re pleased to support the new team at the start of an exciting new era for cycling here.”
“The SkyDive Dubai Pro Cycling Team is the first professional project in the history of UAE cycling, and supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to develop the sport in the Emirates. We are proud to be lending our support to this initiative.”
“We are thrilled top Emirati athlete Mohammed Al Murawwi is part of the team. He is one of the best cyclists in the Gulf region and an athlete with huge potential. We hope to see him on the start line of the Tour de France is 2017.”
Mr. Abdulrahman Alaamri, General Manager, SkyDive Dubai added: “Audi is a brand I respect and admire. Their commitment to supporting a whole range of sporting activations in Dubai and the Northern Emirates gives them an exclusive edge. We’re looking forward to a successful partnership throughout the racing calendar. “
The Audi sponsorship covers the SkyDive Dubai Pro Team’s full 2014 race program, which includes UCI events in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and the Middle East, including the Dubai and Sharjah Tour.
Taking place from February 5 – 8, the Tour Dubai features 16 teams of eight riders, including 11 UCI Pro Teams, the UAE national team and the SkyDive Dubai ProTeam.
Each of four stages will start from the Dubai World Trade Centre, beginning with the Down Town stage, a 10km individual time trial. Stages of 122km around Dubai and 162km finishing in Hatta follow, with the final 124km stage crossing the old part of the city and passing the iconic Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa.
The Audi Group delivered around 1,575,500 cars of the Audi brand to customers in 2013. From January through the end of September 2013 the Company posted revenue of €37 billion and an operating profit of €3.74 billion. The Audi Group is globally present in more than 100 markets and produces vehicles in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Győr (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Kaluga (Russia), Aurangabad (India), Changchun (China) and Jakarta (Indonesia). The brand with four rings produces cars also in Foshan (China) since December 2013, in 2015 in São José dos Pinhais (Brazil) and 2016 in San José Chiapa (Mexico). AUDI AG’s wholly owned subsidiaries include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and the sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A (Bologna, Italy). The Group currently employs almost 73,000 people worldwide, including around 50,000 in Germany. Total investment of around €22 billion is planned from 2014 to 2018 – mainly in new products and sustainable technologies. Audi lives up to its corporate responsibility and has strategically established the principle of sustainability for its products and processes. The long-term goal is CO2-neutral mobility.
AUDI AG’s commitment to the region was confirmed through the foundation of its fully owned subsidiary in 2005. The current Middle East model range comprises the Audi A1, A3 and S3 Sedan, A4 and RS 4 Avant, the A5 Coupe, Sportback, Cabriolet and RS 5, the A6, S6 & RS 6 Avant, A7, S7 & RS 7, A8 L & S8, the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7, the Audi TT Coupe/Roadster and TT RS Coupe, the Audi R8 Coupe and R8 Spyder as well as R8 V10 plus.