Viviani wins stage 2 of the Dubai Tour

Elia Viviani added to a very successful day for team Sky with victory on a crash-effected second stage of the Dubai Tour. Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) claimed second with Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) rounding out the podium. Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) were put out of contention after a crash in the final kilometre leaving it to a small group to duke it out.

Viviani looked untouchable in the reduced bunch sprint after a strong leadout from Ben Swift. It the Italian’s first victory of the season after being beaten by the smallest of margins on the final stage of the Tour de San Luis, by his own leadout man Jakub Mareczko. That defeat had elicited an unusually strong reaction from Viviani, who refused to attend the podium ceremony

“I would have preferred to win last week in San Luis but I finished second and third there a few times but it is perfect to start the season well here. It’s really the same as the last years because I won my first race here in La Palma last year. Maybe it is a lucky race for me here,” Viviani said after the stage.

“Today we did a perfect leadout, yesterday we had some faults and we went too early and I was alone in the last kilometre. I needed to do a long sprint and I’m not competitive enough to beat some of the best sprinters this year. If I do the first sprint for position, then I lose any chance of winning the sprint for victory. Today we perfected some movements and Andy Fenn and Swift did a perfect leadout for me. We came out of the tunnel really fast in the first positions. Andy and Swifty took me to 200 metres to go and I have to say thanks to the team for a perfect job. “

A crash at the mouth of a tunnel with a kilometre remaining all but ended the hopes of the pre-stage favourites, Cavendish and Kittel. The crash appeared to be sparked by a touch of wheels with a Trek-Segafredo rider going down. While Cavendish was able to fight back into the leading group, the efforts showed and he came home in 10th. Kittel didn’t have such luck and rolled in well down on the group.

Viviani’s victory made him the new race leader with Kittel keeping second place, due to the crash being inside the three-kilometre mark.

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How it happened

The second stage of the Dubai Tour began in the surroundings of the Dubai International Marine Club. The day would be five kilometres shorter than had been billed in the roadbook with roadworks forcing the late change. Kittel looked relaxed in the blue of the leader’s jersey after taking an emphatic victory on the opening day of the race.

Polish rider Marcin Bialoblocki kicked off the action with an attack after just five kilometres of racing. He was soon joined by Silvan Dillier (BMC), Koen de Kort (Giant-Alpecin) and Francisco Mancebo (Skydive Dubai) to form the four-man group that would spend most of the day out front. The quartet was allowed to hang out front, but was never given much rope and their maximum advantage extended to just over two minutes.

Bialoblocki made the most of his time out ahead of the bunch by taking the intermediate sprints ensuring his place in a classification jersey for stage 3.

Behind the four leaders, the peloton took a slightly more relaxed approach to the day riding a marginally slower average speed of 44kph compared to stage one. The team of race leader Kittel, Etixx-QuickStep was ever-present on the front of the bunch assuming full control of proceedings. Cavendish’s Dimension Data team were happy to let the Belgian squad do most of the work but sent Songezo Jim up to ensure some sort of presence at the front.

With just over 20 kilometres to go, the strain began to show on the escapees and Bialoblocki put in a small dig to test his companions. After an attempt to get away much earlier in the day, Mancebo attacked with 15 kilometres to go to make him the last man in the break standing as his fellow escapees were brought back in by the peloton. Mancebo would finally have to accept defeat with just over 10 kilometres to go.

Going into the final 10 kilometres, Bialoblocki didn’t renege on his team duties despite having spent the day in the break and helped pull along a One Pro Cycling train at the head of the peloton. As the group sped along the seafront, all of the key teams had riders at the front preparing themselves for the inevitable bunch sprint on the Palm Jumeirah. Bradley Wiggins doesn’t have any personal ambitions but he made a brief appearance on the front with two kilometres to go before pulling off and rolling home.

A crash near the exit of the tunnel with just over a kilometre to go disrupted the sprint and appeared to effect Kittel and Cavendish. Team Sky managed to avoid the incident and delivered Viviani to the line perfectly, with Modolo chasing in his wheel for second place.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky4:07:39
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-DubaiRow 4 - Cell 2
6Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Michal Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 7 - Cell 2
9Chris Opie (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 9 - Cell 2
11Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 10 - Cell 2
12Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli ClubRow 11 - Cell 2
13Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Yanto Barker (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WigginsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Luca Wackermann (Ita) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-DubaiRow 19 - Cell 2
21Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 21 - Cell 2
23Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 23 - Cell 2
25Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 28 - Cell 2
30Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team SkyRow 29 - Cell 2
31Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 30 - Cell 2
32Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 31 - Cell 2
33Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 33 - Cell 2
35Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 34 - Cell 2
36Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 36 - Cell 2
38Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 37 - Cell 2
39Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 38 - Cell 2
40Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 41 - Cell 2
43David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 42 - Cell 2
44Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jesus Alberto Rubio (UAE) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-DubaiRow 45 - Cell 2
47Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 48 - Cell 2
50Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 49 - Cell 2
51Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 50 - Cell 2
52Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 51 - Cell 2
53Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 52 - Cell 2
54Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 55 - Cell 2
57Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli ClubRow 56 - Cell 2
58Yousif Mirza (UAE) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-DubaiRow 57 - Cell 2
59Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Sebastian Lander (Den) ONE Pro CyclingRow 59 - Cell 2
61Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 62 - Cell 2
64Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 63 - Cell 2
65Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 66 - Cell 2
68Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Daniel Patten (GBr) Team WigginsRow 69 - Cell 2
71Peter Williams (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro CyclingRow 71 - Cell 2
73Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 75 - Cell 2
77Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 77 - Cell 2
79Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension DataRow 78 - Cell 2
80Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 79 - Cell 2
81Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Hayden Mccormick (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Ibrahim Al Ali (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli ClubRow 82 - Cell 2
84Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo NordiskRow 83 - Cell 2
85Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - MeridaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 86 - Cell 2
88Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WigginsRow 87 - Cell 2
89Ivan Santaromita (Swi) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli ClubRow 88 - Cell 2
90Kamberaj Xhuliano (Alb) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli ClubRow 89 - Cell 2
91Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek-SegafredoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Adil Jelloul (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club0:01:12
94Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 93 - Cell 2
95Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 95 - Cell 2
97Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 96 - Cell 2
98Ahmed Almansouri (UAE) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-DubaiRow 97 - Cell 2
99Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:45
100Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 99 - Cell 2
101Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team SkyRow 100 - Cell 2
102Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 102 - Cell 2
104Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team WigginsRow 103 - Cell 2
105Martin Mortensen (Den) ONE Pro CyclingRow 104 - Cell 2
106Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 105 - Cell 2
107Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 106 - Cell 2
108Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-DubaiRow 107 - Cell 2
109Liam Holohan (GBr) Team Wiggins0:02:12
110Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 109 - Cell 2
111Essaid Abelouache (Mar) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-DubaiRow 110 - Cell 2
112Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 111 - Cell 2
113Matt Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data0:02:30
114Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WigginsRow 113 - Cell 2
115Songezo Jim (RSA) Dimension Data0:02:32
116Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 115 - Cell 2
117Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 116 - Cell 2
118Mark Christian (GBr) Team Wiggins0:02:54
119Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club0:03:45
120Tariq Obaid (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club0:03:47
121Majid Albalushi (UAE) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-DubaiRow 120 - Cell 2
122Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:57
123Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:59
124Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 123 - Cell 2
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Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky25pts
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida16Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo11Row 3 - Cell 3
5Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team8Row 4 - Cell 3
6Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team8Row 5 - Cell 3
7Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin7Row 6 - Cell 3