Elia Viviani has Wednesday, the second stage in the Tour of Dubai won. The 190 kilometres between Dubai and Ras al Khaimah were custom-written of the sprinters and a bunch sprint was inevitable. The year old Italian of Quick Step Floors was just a little faster than Dylan Groenewegen, who is the leader. Marcel Kittel suggested for the second day in a row to disappoint.
For the second day in a row pulled the 22-year-old Nathan Van Hooydonck of BMC in the attack. The young Belgian made this time a part of a leading group of six, including even the Frenchmen Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk), the Arabs Mohamed Al Mansouri and Yousif Mirza (UAE Team Emirates) and the Chinese Fuwen Xue (Mitchelton-BikeExchange).
LottNL-Jumbo of leader Dylan Groenewegen empire his responsibility and kept the escapees within shot. After the mechanical problems of the first stage was Marcel Kittel, however, to settle the score and the German put his new team mates from Katusha-Alpecin also soon at work. Quick Step Floors could be so this time the legs save for the final but 22 kilometers from the finish, lost the year old Elia Viviani (29), however, still precious time due to a puncture. So had his teammates still in the tank to bring him back.
Second (chaotic) sprint in two days
It was impossible for the six escapees, who were eventually apprehended on nine kilometres from the finish line. What followed was a chaotic run-up to the sprint with the various trains by each other on the wide roads.
Viviani made it in the sprint handsome, for a strong mounting Groenewegen leader. Noteworthy: Marcel Kittel takes again the top-10…
1. Elia Viviani
2. Dylan Groenewegen
3. Riccardo Minali
4. Mark Cavendish
5. John Degenkolb
6. Magnus Cort Nielsen
7. Alexander Kristoff
8. Jean-Pierre Drucker
9. Sonny Colbrelli
10. Adam Blythe