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#106, Ji Cheng, is the first Chinese cyclist to ever compete in a grand tour, the Vuelta a España. He finished the race placing 175th (last), while winning the combativity award on stage 19. Cheng has referred to China, and its potential for producing top quality professional cyclists as that of a “sleeping giant”. He races for the (not sleeping) Giant-Shimano team. #105, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, was born in Virginia, Free State in South Africa. The name of the town came about when in 1890, two American railroad surveyors etched the name of their home state on a rock. When a railway stop was eventually established there, the name was adopted.
Nikolay Trusov (#127), Team Saxo-Tinkoff.
#121, Oliver Zaugg (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the Giro di Lombardia in 2011. At the Tour of Dubai, he crashed into one of the team cars when trying to chase back to the peloton. He broke his hand, which forced him to quit the race and have surgery that will keep him from racing and training for six weeks.
#54, Raymond Kreder (Garmin-Sharp), started fishing last year. As of September 1, 2013, he had caught a grand total of seven fish. Seven Fish, by the way, is the name of a seafood restaurant in Key West, Florida (4.5 stars on Yelp).
Ryder Hesjedal (#51), Team Garmin-Sharp.
Mark Cavendish (#72), Tony Martin (#71), Omega Pharma-Quickstep.
#77, Martin Velits (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), is Peter Velits' twin brother. The two are fraternal twins (dizygotic). This means that they developed from two eggs, each fertilized by separate sperm cells. The chance of a mother giving birth to fraternal twins doubles after she turns 35. Also pictured, Mark Renshaw (#36).
Majed Albalooshi (#141).
Visitors to the UAE and other Arabic-speaking regions of the world will likely notice just how many surnames there begin with the prefix “al”. So what does “al” mean? It’s the definite article in Arabic, much like “the” is in English. When used in a surname, “al” commonly states that a person’s ancestors came or originated from from a certain place, which usually follows the prefix. Ahmed Youself Almansoori (#143), UAE National Team.
Alex Dowsett (#62), Movistar.
#63, Jesús Herrada (Movistar), is the younger brother of José Herrada, who also races with Movistar. The biblical nature of their names (remember, José = Joseph) serves as a reminder of the fact that 71% of Spaniards are Catholic, though only 16% go to mass on a weekly basis.
#137, Fábio Silvestre (Team Trek Factory Racing): The origin of pinstripes in clothing is up for debate, though experts agree that they were first used in Britain. While many believe that pinstripes were first used in the world of banking, with different types of stripes meant to differentiate employees from different banks, others believe they actually originated within the world of boating uniforms in the 19th century.
Kristof Vandewalle (#138), Team Trek Factory Racing.
#47, Daniele Ratto (Team Cannondale): Ratto’s last name means “rat”, and is sometimes used as a nickname for an agile or somewhat opportunistic person. Not surprisingly, Ratto is a sprinter.
Damiano Caruso (#43), Team Cannondale.
Riccardo Stacchiotti (#152) and Antonio Viola (#158), Team Vini-Fantini-Nippo.
#154, Kim Magnusson (Team Vini-Fantini-Nippo); in a cat 6 commuter race, Kim Magnusson would probably win, since he holds three KOMs on Strava.
Vladimir Gusev (#114), Team Katusha.
#38, Rick Zabel (BMC Racing Team): Rick’s dad won the green jersey at the Tour six times in a row, along with twelve stages. Rick is from Unna, Germany, part of greater Dortmund. Commuting to work in Dortmund is a lengthy affair, especially on the A4 highway.
Wen Chung-Huang (#83), RTS-Santic Racing Team.
On #4, Roberto Ferrari (Team Lampre-Merida), @Greghenderson1: “That was a madman’s move by Ferrari. Unbelievable. That is what makes bunch sprinting dangerous. Guys like him.”
An inconsistently/randomly captioned and quasi-complete Team Catalog Typology (TCT) featuring race participants, in profile, commuting to work the morning of the fourth and last day of the 2014 Dubai Tour.
Manual for Speed fully intended to photograph at least one representative of every team competing in the Dubai Tour, however due to a lack of focus the result of a general malaise, the hallmarks of which was inattentiveness and profound boredom due to a compounded lack of sleep over the course of four 24-hour cycles, or 96 hours, during which 96 hours Manual for Speed’s Middle East’s correspondent slept a total (generously estimated) of 16 hours, we failed and therefore Astana Pro Team and Team Skydive Dubai are NOT represented.