Lithuanian duo performing well in the Saudi Tour, Rui Costa the winner of the first stage
Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) won the first stage of the Saudi Tour (2.1) ahead of another experienced one day specialist Heinrich Haussler (Bahrein McLaren). There was a strong tailwind in the final and the punch was riding hard to get back to the strong break away. The break including Lithuanian Evaldas Šiškevičius (Nippo Delko One Provence), finally 52nd, had more that 20 second lead going to the last kilometer. Rui Costa showed his climbing talent on the last 800m uphill finish and past everybody in the break, Haussler was part of the break and resisted to the fast coming punch finishing 2nd of the stage. Ramunas Navardauskas (Nippo Delko One Provence) finished 19th of the stage.