Abu Dhabi Tour: Cavendish wins stage 2

Dimension Data rider beats Viviani and takes overall lead

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) timed his sprint perfectly to edge out Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and win stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. Andrea Guardini (Astana) finished third.

Vivani hit the front with 150 metres to go after a strong lead-out from Team Sky but Cavendish used the Italian's rear wheel to catapult to victory after missing out on stage 1.

The win moved Cavendish into the leader's jersey, replacing Trek-Segafredo's Giacomo Nizzolo, with the British rider gaining a four-second advantage. The sprinters’ teams almost missed out with the day’s early break surviving until the final 850 metres before being swallowed up by the bunch.

Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida), Stanislau Bazhkou (Minsk), Dion Smith and Samuel Williams (ONE), Jens Keukeleire (Orica-BikeExchange) and Eugert Zhupa (Willier-Southeast) were the riders to shift free from the bunch in the opening kilometres and despite the flat parcours, were content to build a lead before the rest of the peloton sprung into action.

The leaders toiled but created a gap of over two minutes before the Trek-Segafredo, Giant-Alpecin and Dimension Data set about dismantling the lead.

Two minutes soon became one, and despite the best efforts from the break, the firepower at the front of the peloton appeared too great.

However, a lull in pace allowed the break – minus Stanislau Bazhkou, who sat up – to bring their lead closer to two minutes and with 16km remaining they had 1:47 over a fraught bunch.

Slowly but surely the bunch fought back. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) and Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi) traded turns on the front before the bunch finally made contact with the break.

Andy Fenn (Team Sky) led around the final corner with Olympic Omnium winner, Viviani, on his wheel and Cavendish neatly tucked in. Viviani opened up his sprint first with Cavendish – forced to fight for himself briefly after losing his lead-out man Mark Renshaw, before coming around Viviani to take the spoils.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data2:32:21 
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
3Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
4Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
5Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
6Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
7Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
8Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
9Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling  
10Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange  
11André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
12Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
13Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
14Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
15Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
16Yousif Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
17Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange  
18Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - Merida  
19Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
20Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
21Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
22Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
23Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
24Michael O'loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINS  
25Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
26Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
27Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
28Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange  
29Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
30John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
31Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky  
32Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
33Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
34Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
35Edward Ravasi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
36Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team  
37Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
38Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
39Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
40Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
41Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
42Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
43Ahmed Almansoori (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
44Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
45Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
46Nasser Almemari (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
47Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
48Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange  
49Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
50Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
51Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
52Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
53Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team  
54Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
55James Knox (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
56Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team  
57Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
58Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
59Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
60Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling  
61Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange  
62Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
63Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
64Badr Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
65Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
66Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team  
67Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff Team  
68Majid Albalushi (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
69Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
70Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club  
71Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
72Samuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
73Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
74Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:14 
75Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
76Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
77Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
78Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:00:19 
79Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:21 
80Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
81Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
82Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
83Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:31 
84Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
85Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:00:34 
86Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:35 
87Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data  
88Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:39 
89Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:47 
90Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:48 
91Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
92Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:09 
93Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:14 
94Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:01:20 
95Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:33 
96Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:01:35 
97Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:09 
98Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
99Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
100Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:45 
101Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:06 
102Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
103Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky  
104Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
105Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
106Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data20 pts
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky16 
3Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange16 
4Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team12 
5Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast9 
6Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling8 
7Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast8 
8Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team7 
9Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo5 
10Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS4 
11Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team3 
12Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling2 
13Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida2 
14Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange1 
Sprint 1 - Yas Marina Circuit, 57.8km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange8 pts
2Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast5 
3Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling3 
4Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida1 
Sprint 2 - Al Reem Island, 95.9km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange8 pts
2Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling5 
3Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast3 
4Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida1 
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data5:48:06 
2Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:04 
3Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:05 
4Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:00:08 
5John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
6Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:10 
7Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
8Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:00:14 
9Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
10Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
11Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange  
12Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
13Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling  
14Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
15Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
16Yousif Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
17Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
18Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
19Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
20Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:00:16 
21André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:17 
22Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
23Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
24Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
25Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
26Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
27Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky  
28Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
29Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - Merida  
30Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
31Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
32Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
33Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
34Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
35Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange  
36Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
37Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
38Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
39Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
40Michael O'loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINS  
41Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team  
42Edward Ravasi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
43Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
44Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
45Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
46Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
47Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
48Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
49Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team  
50Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
51Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
52Ahmed Almansoori (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
53Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team  
54Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
55Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
56Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling  
57Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
58Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
59Majid Albalushi (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
60Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff Team  
61Badr Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
62Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club  
63Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:00:28 
64Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
65Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:30 
66Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:31 
67Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:34 
68James Knox (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
69Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange  
70Samuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
71Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:35 
72Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:00:36 
73Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:38 
74Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
75Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
76Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:00:48 
77Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:52 
78Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:59 
79Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:01:03 
80Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:04 
81Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:09 
82Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:16 
83Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:26 
84Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:31 
85Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:01:37 
86Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:01:54 
87Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:11 
88Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:02:13 
89Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:36 
90Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:42 
91Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:43 
92Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:56 
93Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:03:06 
94Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:19 
95Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:03:23 
96Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:34 
97Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:03:44 
98Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:10 
99Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:14 
100Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team0:04:45 
101Nasser Almemari (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:04:46 
102Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
103Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:04:54 
104Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:07 
105Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
106Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:07:52 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data32 pts
2Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange32 
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo25 
4Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling18 
5Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky16 
6John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin16 
7Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team12 
8Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS11 
9Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange10 
10Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team9 
11Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast9 
12Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team8 
13Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast8 
14Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo4 
15Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange4 
16Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team4 
17Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3 
18Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling2 
19Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida2 
20Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling5:48:16 
2Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:00:04 
3Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
4Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange  
5Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
6Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
7Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:07 
8Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
9Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
10Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
11Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
12Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
13Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange  
14Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Nasr Dubai  
15Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
16Michael O'loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINS  
17Edward Ravasi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
18Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
19Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS  
20Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
21Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
22Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club  
23James Knox (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:00:24 
24Samuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
25Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:28 
26Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
27Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:00:38 
28Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:59 
29Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:01:27 
30Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:01:44 
31Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:01 
32Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:26 
33Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:33 
34Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:46 
35Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:03:13 
36Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:24 
37Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:00 
38Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:04 
39Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:36 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange32 pts
2Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling18 
3Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast8 
4Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange4 
5Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team4 
6Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida2 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tinkoff Team17:25:03 
2Team Giant-Alpecin  
3Team Wiggins  
4Gazprom - Rusvelo  
5Team Sky0:00:03 
6BMC Racing Team  
7Orica BikeExchange  
8One Pro Cycling  
9Astana Pro Team  
10Minsk Cycling Club  
11Wilier Triestina - Southeast  
12Nasr Dubai  
13Lampre - Merida0:00:06 
14Movistar Team  
15Trek - Segafredo0:00:21 
16Lotto Soudal0:00:40 
17CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:45 
18Team Dimension Data0:01:00 

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