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Dubai Tour - Elia Viviani wins Stage 2 [07-02-18 14:00 by staff GoNBike.com] 

Elia Viviani wins Stage 2, the Ras Al Khaimah Stage, of the Dubai Tour
Dylan Groenewegen retains the Blue Jersey

Ras Al Khaimah, 7 February 2018 – The Italian rider Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) won Stage 2 of the 2018 Dubai Tour, from Skydive Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah (190km), in a bunch sprint. On the finish line he beat Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo), who remains in the lead of the overall General Classification. Third classified was Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team).

STAGE RESULT
1 - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) 190km in 4h34’31”, average speed 41.527km/h
2 - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) s.t.
3 - Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team) 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) - Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Racing Team)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
2 - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) at 2''
3 - Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Racing Team) at 9"

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner Elia Viviani said: “Having my birthday today added to my motivation. Losing yesterday was also good for my head. Overnight we felt like we missed one chance that would never be given back. I feel I'm in good condition and have the legs for winning. I had a mechanical but luckily it was with 20km to go and I had time to come back. With 500m to go, my lead out man Fabio Sabatini closed the gap. I chose Kristoff's wheel. I saw Groenewegen coming back with 50 meters but finally the line was in the right place for me to win. I'm pretty happy.”

The Blue Jersey, Dylan Groenewegen said: “It's very hard to come only second today after winning yesterday. I had mechanical problems with my first bike, and also with the second 1.5km before the finish. That's how I lost my sprint train and I came very late to the front for sprinting. The only good point for today is that I'm still in the lead of the overall classification but I wanted to win the stage.”

TOMORROW'S STAGE
Stage 3 – Dubai Silicon Oasis Stage (180km)
From Skydive Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah
Sign-on procedures: 09.30-10.45
Alignment: 10.50
Start - KM0: 11.05 (transfer 7,300m)
Finish: Approx. 15.05
Race Headquarters: Skydive Dubai, Al Seyahi Street, Dubai Marina, UAE

Route
The stage connects Dubai Marina beaches on the Arabian Gulf with Fujairah on the Indian Ocean (Gulf of Oman). The route runs across the entire stretch of desert between Dubai and Fujairah, crossing the territory of four different Emirates (Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah).
The race runs towards the desert, touching the Silicon Oasis area, with a sequence of roundabouts along the way (on a wide roadway) ahead of the first Intermediate Sprint. Long straights lead to the Hajar Mountains, cutting through the desert ahead of a sequence of short, minor hills. The course then arrives in Fujairah, where the race goes through the city before finishing on the Corniche.

Last kilometres
The last 5km are on wide and well paved asphalted roads. A series of roundabouts starts 3km before the finish line, until the last one which leads to the final 2,000m home straight, on an 8m wide asphalted roadway.

::Dubai Tour - Press Release::




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