2.04.2016

Dubai Tour 2: Viviani from the crash


Maybe a tunnel 1 km to go isn't the best in a race... Anyway there was a crash in the front of the peloton coming out of that tunnel today.
According with Trek. "Boy Van Poppel crashed hard after what appeared to be a touch of wheels." 
Elia Viviani emerged unscattered and won the final sprint on Modolo and Nizzolo, who had to do all on his own.

Elia Viviani:
"Yesterday I opened my sprint too early and was left alone with no team-mate with 1km to go. I’m less fast than sprinters like Kittel and Cavendish, so to have a chance to beat them, I need everything to be perfect. We spoke about what went wrong last night and we rode perfectly as a team today. My lead out was excellent. Today’s stage was contested at a slower pace than yesterday’s and I was in an ideal position when the gap was closed onto the breakaway riders. This finale suits me. I won here last year as well. It’s beautiful to begin the year with a victory in Dubai."

Giacomo Nizzolo:
"We lost each other in the tunnel. I had to do a massive effort to be in front coming out of the tunnel and that for sure didn't make me comfortable for the sprint. [The crash] is unfortunate part of racing and we can only hope that Boy [Van Poppel] will be okay for tomorrow."

Songezo Jim:

"The plan is clear; we are going for Cav every day. Today the crash in the final messed with our plans a bit. Cav is looking really good though and we are going to keep on trying, tomorrow is another day and another chance."


MORE TO COME

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky 4:07:39
2 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
4 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
5 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-Dubai
6 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
7 Michal Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff Team
8 Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
9 Chris Opie (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling
10 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
GC
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky 7:42:50
2 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step
3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:02
4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:00:04
5 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
6 Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club 0:00:09
7 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:10
8 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team-Dubai
9 Michal Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff Team
10 Chris Opie (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling
The Blue Jersey: Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
The Red Jersey: Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
The White Jersey: Soufiane Haddi (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club)
The UAE Flag Jersey: Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling)

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