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Dubai Tour - Cavendish wins Stage 3 [08-02-18 14:06 by staff] 

Mark Cavendish wins Stage 3, the Dubai Silicon Oasis Stage, of the Dubai Tour
Elia Viviani is the new Blue Jersey

Fujairah, 8 February 2018 – The British rider Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) won Stage 3 of the 2018 Dubai Tour, from Skydive Dubai to Corniche RD Fujairah (180km), in a bunch sprint finish, beating Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) to the finish line with Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) taking third.

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) is the new race leader, wearing the General Classification's Blue Jersey, sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) received a 20" penalty from the jury in the General Classification after the finish line. He still wears the points leader's Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates.

1 - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) 180km in 3h53’46”, average speed 46.199km/h
2 - Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) s.t.
3 - Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) s.t.


The Blue Jersey, sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai (General individual classification by time) - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
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) - Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Racing Team)
The UAE Flag Jersey, sponsored by DHA - Dubai Health Authority (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Racing Team)

1 - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
2 - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) at 4''
3 - Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Racing Team) at 7"

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner Mark Cavendish said: “I had a good feeling today, especially after yesterday. I knew I was there. I knew the team was there. I can't beat Viviani in a track sprint race so I had to wait, wait and wait, and use my jump. Any time of the year, it's important to win. It's good for my account. Already with this win, I've won the same amount of races I won in the whole season last year. The thing I'm disappointed about is that yesterday, when I realized I couldn't win, had I kept going, I would have come second and be in the lead now. It's my own fault. But I'll try and get the blue jersey in the next two days."

Stage 4 – Dubai Municipality Stage (172km)
From Skydive Dubai to Hatta Dam
Sign-on procedures: 09.30-10.40
Alignment: 10.45
Start - KM0: 11.00 (transfer 7,300m)
Finish: Approx. 15.05
Race Headquarters: Skydive Dubai, Al Seyahi Street, Dubai Marina, UAE

The Dubai Tour’s “Queen stage” of 172km follows the semi-classic course of the previous editions, with the final climb of Hatta Dam. The route, characterised by long stretches in the desert and by crossing the Hajar Mountains, also passes through the two neighbouring Emirates of Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. Once it has left the last buildings in Dubai, the stage will pass Labab and cross Al Madam and Al Malahia on the road to Hatta where, before reaching the finale, riders will face two short climbs. The first is a soft climb with a gradient average of 3-4%, the second is about 1.5km long, with gradients averaging around 8% and peaking at 11% before a fast and challenging downhill.
The road has normal width and excellent paving surface. To be noted the presence of small water channels, between 20km and 5km to go, with rough concrete pavement. Between the metropolis of Dubai and the mountains the roads are wide with excellent surface – although there is the possibility of sand breaching the roadway.

Last kilometres
The final 3km of continuous ascent from the centre of Hatta to the finish line on the Hatta Dam include some sharp bends leading to the final climb towards the Dam: a short, sharp rise of about 200m, with gradients ranging from 12% to 17%. The home stretch is 150m long, on a 5m wide asphalted roadway.

::Dubai Tour - Press Release::

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