Dubai Tour stage 1: Taylor Phinney wins time trial

Riders with track pedigrees came, saw and conquered on the opening stage of the Dubai Tour with Taylor Phinney (BMC) wining the opening 9.9km time trial ahead of teammate Steven Cummings and Lasse Norman Hansen (Garmin-Sharp).

World time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma QuickStep) was the last rider to start the flat test, in which riders were required to use their road machines. However the German could only manage fourth place in his opening race of the season, with Phinney taking the top step. 

The American came into the race as one of the clear favourites and scorched around the flat out-and-back course in a time of 12:03. It was more than enough to lead in the opening stages of the time trial as rider after rider failed to unsettle the top of the leader board.

“Winning means a lot. I've been thinking about this race for a while. I was focused on Tony. I know he doesn't take any time trial lightly, even if it's short and on road bikes,” Phinney said after the stage.

Phinney cleverly opted to start the time early, knowing the wind could increase in the afternoon, while his rivals went off later.

“Initially I decided to go early, because the wind report looked like it would build towards the afternoon and the evening. When I looked this morning the forecast said it was going to be the same at 1pm and 4pm."

"I hoped it was same conditions for same everybody, but its hard with 125 riders. He (Tony Martin) had to start last because he's world champion, even if he wanted to start in the first wave.”

Phinney’s teammate Cummings came closest with a time 14 second adrift but, with Martin and Fabian Cancellara still to come, Phinney was anxiously left to wait as the sport’s two most successful time triallists over the last decade set off.

“I was nervous that he'd beat me in the end but I'm overjoyed and super relieved to come home with the win,” said Phinney. “Now we'll take it into tomorrow and see where we're at.

“My next immediate goal is to win whole race. We've definitely got some strong competition but at BMC we've got a good team and we're motivated. Steve Cummings is second overall too. I'm excited. It's a short race but it’s an intense race. We'll see. It's a cliché but we'll take it day by day."

Meanwhile a race within a race took place as sprinters Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) took to the streets of Dubai.

Kittel was first to finish, a full 38 seconds down on Phinney but in a provisional fifth place. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) racing for the first time since a crash at the Tour de San Luis was next to start, as Adriano Malori (Movistar) – the only rider to beat Phinney at the time trial in San Luis – failed to trouble the leaders with a time of 12:35.

Cancellara, who came into the race keen to play down his chances after an off-season disrupted by illness and an altercation with a car whilst out training, finished in a time of 12:28, 25 seconds down on Phinney.

Neo-pro and Olympic omnium champion Hansen posted the surprise of the day, slotting into third place and pushing Cancellara down a place. With Rui Costa and Nibali both finishing down the leader board only Martin remained. However the German could only take fourth place, 22 seconds down, to leave Phinney with his first win of the season.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:12:03
2Steven Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:00:14
3Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin Sharp0:00:16
4Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:22
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:00:25
6Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:00:31
7Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:32
8Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale0:00:35
9Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team0:00:37
11Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:38
12Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:40
13Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp0:00:41
14Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:42
15Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:43
16Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:44
18Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin SharpRow 19 - Cell 2
21Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:00:45
22Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:46
24Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida0:00:47
25Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:00:49
26Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:50
28Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team KatushaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:51
31Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:52
33Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 33 - Cell 2
35Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida0:00:53
36Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:54
38Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory RacingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:56
41Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp0:00:57
42Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team KatushaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:59
44Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:01:01
45Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing0:01:02
46Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:01:03
48Evan Huffman (USA) Astana Pro TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:04
50Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:05
54Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale0:01:07
55Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:01:08
57Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:09
58Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale0:01:10
59Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Luca Paolini (Ita) Team KatushaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp0:01:11
63Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:12
64Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:13
66Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:14
68Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:01:16
69Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:17
70Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:18
71Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:20
72Rafael Ferreira Reis (Por) Banco BIC CarmimRow 71 - Cell 2
73Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:23
74Edward King (USA) Cannondale0:01:26
75Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:28
77Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Vini-Fantini-Nippo0:01:30
79Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Mohammed Albalooshi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:01:31
81Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Vini-Fantini-Nippo0:01:32
82Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale0:01:33
83Bruno Manuel Sil Pires (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 82 - Cell 2
84Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 83 - Cell 2
85Diogo Nunes (Por) Banco BIC CarmimRow 84 - Cell 2
86Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini-Fantini-Nippo0:01:36
88Kim Magnusson (Swe) Vini-Fantini-Nippo0:01:37
89Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team KatushaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:01:40
91Daniel Mestre (Por) Banco BIC CarmimRow 90 - Cell 2
92Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Vini-Fantini-NippoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team0:01:42
94Yousif Mirza (UAE) United Arab EmiratesRow 93 - Cell 2
95Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale0:01:44
96Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:01:45
97Sun Jae Jang (Kor) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:01:47
98Adil Jelloul (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:48
100Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:49
101Antonio Viola (Ita) Vini-Fantini-Nippo0:01:51
102Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:54
103Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:58
104Keon-Woo Park (Kor) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:01:59
105Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:02:01
106Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Vini-Fantini-Nippo0:02:02
107Manuel Antunes Amaro (Por) Banco BIC CarmimRow 106 - Cell 2
108Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp0:02:05
109Tan Peng Yuan (Tpe) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:02:06
110Mansour Thani (UAE) United Arab Emirates0:02:07
111Mohammed Almansoury (UAE) United Arab Emirates0:02:10
112Henrique Madeira Casimiro (Por) Banco BIC Carmim0:02:11
113Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Nawaf Albalooshi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:02:13
115Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:02:15
116Joao Pereira (Por) Banco BIC Carmim0:02:17
117Ahmed Almansoori (UAE) United Arab Emirates0:02:18
118Majid Albalooshi (UAE) United Arab EmiratesRow 117 - Cell 2
119Khaled Altani (UAE) United Arab Emirates0:02:19
120Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Vini-Fantini-NippoRow 119 - Cell 2
121Bruno De Matos Sancho (Por) Banco BIC Carmim0:02:22
122Simon Buttner (Fra) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:02:29
123Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:02:37
124Valter Pereira (Por) Banco BIC Carmim0:02:43
125Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:02:47
126Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:02:54
127Ahmad Albalooshi (UAE) United Arab Emirates0:03:18
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:12:03
2Steven Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:00:14
3Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin Sharp0:00:16
4Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:22
5Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:00:25
6Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:00:31
7Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:32
8Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale0:00:35
9Alexandr Porsev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team0:00:37
11Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:38
12Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:40
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