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Dubai Tour - Groenewegen wins Stage 1 [06-02-18 14:33 by staff GoNBike.com] 

Dylan Groenewegen wins Stage 1, the Nakheel Stage,of the Dubai Tour and takes the Blue Jersey

Dubai, 6 February 2018 – The Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) won the opening stage of the 2018 Dubai Tour, from Skydive Dubai to Palm Jumeirah (167km), in a bunch sprint and took the lead in the overall General Classification. On the podium he was rewarded with the race’s first leader's Blue Jersey, sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai, and also the points leader's Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates and the Best Young Rider's White Jersey, sponsored by RTA - Roads and Transport Authority.

STAGE RESULT
1 - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) 167km in 3h51’35”, average speed 43.267km/h
2 - Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
3 - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.

JERSEYS
* The Blue Jersey, sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai (General individual classification by time) - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
* The Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates (General individual classification by points) - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
* The White Jersey, sponsored by RTA - Roads and Transport Authority (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1993) - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
* The UAE Flag Jersey, sponsored by DHA - Dubai Health Authority (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Daniel Teklehaimanot (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
2 - Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team) at 4"
3 - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) at 6"

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner Dylan Groenewegen said: “It's great to win here because there are a lot of good sprinters. I came close every day last year but I didn't win. I came second twice and I'm glad to start this new season on the right foot, thanks to the good job by my team. Quick-Step made it a very hard sprint by setting a high speed from far out but I launched my sprint with 200m to go. It was very tight at the end but went in my favour. It feels good to win my first stage this year, especially with the high level of sprinters who are here.”

TOMORROW'S STAGE
Stage 2 – Ras Al Khaimah Stage (190km)
From Skydive Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah
Sign-on procedures: 09.10-10.25
Alignment: 10.30
Start - KM0: 10.45 (transfer 7,300m)
Finish: Approx. 15.05
Race Headquarters: Skydive Dubai, Al Seyahi Street, Dubai Marina, UAE

Route
The second stage connects Dubai with the northernmost Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, running through the Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. It leaves Dubai on fast, wide roads towards the desert, with a brief detour into the Dubai Design District. The route then runs along Sharjah and Ajman on long straights roads before crossing Umm Al Quwain, where the race goes through a long city section (series of roundabouts) before heading towards Ras Al Khaimah. The finish line is in the Emirate's capital.

Last kilometres
The last kilometres of the race are on wide roads with well-paved asphalt. The home stretch is 300m long and 7.5m wide.

::Dubai Tour - Press Release::




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