Abu Dhabi Tour: Viviani wins stage 2

Italian pips Sagan to the line in sprint finish

Elia Viviani (Team Sky) continued his storming 2015 form with an eighth win of the season on stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour, where he is now the race leader.

The Italian locked onto the wheel of Peter Sagan as the sprint was opened up at the end of the 129km pan-flat stage, and he came round to get the better of the new world champion. Fabio Sabatini took third after becoming Etixx-QuickStep's new go-to man when Tom Boonen crashed out of the race after 55km. 

Astana did much of the work in the peloton for stage 1 winner and race leader Andrea Guardini, but the Italian was nowhere to be seen in the final kilometre. 

"I know in this final of the season I have really good condition," said Viviani before a trip to the podium to collect the red and green jerseys for leader of the overall and points classifications.

"Yesterday we were disappointed because we worked all day and lost position on the last corner. I did a good sprint but from 30 positions back. Today we decided not to work as much, to save energy because we have a lot of climbers for tomorrow. If I was to have two leadout guys we needed to stay on wheels. When I saw 3km I needed to do a good effort to take Sagan’s wheel. When Sagan opened his sprint I say ‘ok, now I need to pass him, not wait’. I know I have good power at the end of this season. I am really really happy to take another win this season."

The route from the Yas Marina, which looped out to the Zayed Sport City Stadium and then out to the Emirates Palace before finishing on the Yas Mall, could not have been flatter.

That didn’t stop six riders breaking away; Paul Voss (Bora-Argon18), Soufiane Haddi (Skydive Dubai), Belkov (Katusha), Daniel Patten (Wiggins), Alessandro Bazzana (UnitedHealthcare) and Federico Zurlo (UnitedHealthcare) all went clear but never gained much more than two minutes. With temperatures mercifully cooler than on yesterday’s shortened stage, the pace was electric as Astana set the tempo in the peloton.

The first intermediate sprint, back at the Yas Marina, proved to be something of a flashpoint. Voss was unceremoniously bumped into the kerb by Zurlo, and was soon disqualified – for an as yet unknown reason – as he dropped back to the bunch. It was there also that Boonen’s race and season came to a premature end. The Belgian came down heavily on his left side after colliding with Theo Bos and Songezo Jim of MTN-Qhubeka and was taken away in an ambulance for checks.

The five remaining breakaway members ploughed on along the straight, wide motorway roads that lined the coast. With Vincenzo Nibali and Astana on the front of the bunch, things were very much under control, and Haddi and Zurlo gave up from the break with 35km to go.

As they approached the final 10 kilometres there were attacks in the break and the peloton, Patten putting in a short-lived dig up front, while Anton Vorobyev (Katusha) and Rafaa Chtioui (Skydive Dubai) went up the road behind.

Things came back together with 2.5km to go, whereupon BMC, Tinkoff-Saxo and Etixx took it up. After a sweeping left-hander Daniele Bennati led out and Sagan soon came round but Viviani opened up too and simply had too much power. A first win in the rainbow bands will have to wait.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky3:02:07 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
3Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
4Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin  
5Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
6Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
7Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
8Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins  
9Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
10Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
11Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
12Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
13Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
14Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
15Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
16Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
17Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
18Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky  
19Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge  
20Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
21Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
22John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
23Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team  
24Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge  
25Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
26Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
27Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
28Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
29Mario Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  
30Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
31Carlos Quintero (Col) Colombia  
32Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
33Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
34Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
35Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky  
36Daniel Martinez (Col) Colombia  
37Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
38Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
39Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
40Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
41Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
42Mohammed Abdulrahim Al Majid (UAE) UAE  
43Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
44Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
45Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
46Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
47Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
48Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
49Hussein Ahmed Abdulla Jaber (UAE) UAE  
50Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
51Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
52Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
53Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins  
54Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
55Mohammed Alblooshi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
56Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia  
57Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
58Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
59Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
60Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
61Alex Cano (Col) Colombia  
62Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
63Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
64Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
65Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
66Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
67Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
68Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
69Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
70Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
71Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins  
72Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
73Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida  
74Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:00:22 
75Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
76Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
77Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:24 
78Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:00:26 
79Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:40 
80William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:51 
81Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:55 
82Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:01 
83Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
84Mansour Thani (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:01:04 
85Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins0:01:08 
86Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:17 
87Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
88Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:21 
89Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:24 
90Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:31 
91Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha  
92Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:38 
93Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
94Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge0:01:43 
95Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:04 
96Ali Ibrahim Abdulla Ammar (UAE) UAE  
97Soudir Shir Mohamad Talal (UAE) UAE0:02:23 
98Sodir Shir Mohamad Khayyam (UAE) UAE0:02:39 
99Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka0:03:45 
100Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFTom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
DNFTheo Bos (Ned) MTN - Qhubeka  
DSQPaul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky20 pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo16 
3Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step12 
4Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin9 
5Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step7 
6Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team5 
7Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team4 
8Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins3 
9Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling2 
10Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 181 
Sprint 1 - Yas Marina Circuit, km. 54.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team8 pts
2Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha5 
3Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling3 
4Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins1 
Sprint 2 - Emirates Palace, km. 91.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling8 pts
2Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5 
3Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team3 
4Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Drapac Professional Cycling9:06:21 
2Team Sky  
3Orica GreenEdge  
4Etixx - Quick-Step  
5UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
6Movistar Team  
7BMC Racing Team  
9Bora-Argon 18  
12Astana Pro Team  
13Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
14Team Wiggins  
15Team Katusha  
16MTN - Qhubeka  
17Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:46 
18United Arab Emirates0:02:04 
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky7:23:08 
2Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:04 
4Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
5Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:06 
6Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
7Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
8Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:00:07 
9Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:08 
10Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
11Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:09 
12Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:00:10 
13Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin  
14Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
15Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
16Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
17Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
18Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
19Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
20Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins  
21John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
22Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team  
23Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
24Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky  
25Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
26Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
27Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
28Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge  
29Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
30Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
31Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
32Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky  
33Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
34Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
35Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
36Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
37Hussein Ahmed Abdulla Jaber (UAE) UAE  
38Carlos Quintero (Col) Colombia  
39Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
40Daniel Martinez (Col) Colombia  
41Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
42Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
43Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
44Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia  
45Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
46Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
47Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
48Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
49Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
50Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
51Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
52Mohammed Abdulrahim Al Majid (UAE) UAE  
53Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
54Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
55Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
56Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
57Mohammed Alblooshi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
58Alex Cano (Col) Colombia  
59Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
60Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
61Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins  
62Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
63Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
64Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
65Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins  
66Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
67Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
68Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida  
69Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:32 
70Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:34 
71Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:49 
72Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:52 
73Mario Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  
74Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:00:57 
75Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:04 
76Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge  
77Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:05 
78Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:11 
79Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins0:01:18 
80Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:01:33 
81Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:41 
82Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:46 
83Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:48 
84Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
85Mansour Thani (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:01:56 
86Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:05 
87Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:07 
88Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:14 
89Ali Ibrahim Abdulla Ammar (UAE) UAE  
90Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:17 
91Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky0:02:25 
92Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:58 
93Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge0:03:24 
94Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:26 
95Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:03:55 
96Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:02 
97Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka0:04:16 
98Soudir Shir Mohamad Talal (UAE) UAE0:08:43 
99Sodir Shir Mohamad Khayyam (UAE) UAE0:08:59 
100William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:10:27 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky24 pts
2Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team20 
3Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling16 
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo16 
5Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team14 
6Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo12 
7Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step12 
8Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team11 
9Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin10 
10Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling9 
11William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling8 
12Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team8 
13Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team7 
14Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step7 
15Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5 
16Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha5 
17Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia5 
18Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka4 
19Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 183 
20Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins3 
21Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins2 
22Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling16 pts
2Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team11 
3William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling8 
4Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team8 
5Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5 
6Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha5 
7Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka4 
8Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins2 
9Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo7:23:12 
2Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:00:02 
3Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:04 
4Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:05 
5Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:06 
6Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
7Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins  
8Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
9Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge  
10Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
11Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
12Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
13Hussein Ahmed Abdulla Jaber (UAE) UAE  
14Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
15Daniel Martinez (Col) Colombia  
16Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
17Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
18Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia  
19Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
20Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
21Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
22Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
23Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
24Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins  
25Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins  
26Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
27Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:28 
28Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:00:53 
29Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:00 
30Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:37 
31Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:03 
32Ali Ibrahim Abdulla Ammar (UAE) UAE0:02:10 
33Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky0:02:21 
34Soudir Shir Mohamad Talal (UAE) UAE0:08:39 
35Sodir Shir Mohamad Khayyam (UAE) UAE0:08:55 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling22:09:54 
2Drapac Professional Cycling  
3Team Sky  
5Movistar Team  
6Orica GreenEdge  
7Bora-Argon 18  
8Etixx - Quick-Step  
10BMC Racing Team  
11Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
12MTN - Qhubeka  
13Astana Pro Team  
15Team Wiggins  
16Team Katusha  
17Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:46 

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