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2017 Dubai Tour (HC)

4th edition: January 31 - February 4, 2017

Dubai Tour podium history | 2016 edition | Start list

Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5

2017 Dubai Tour map

2017 Dubai Tour map


Saturday, February 4: 5th and Final Stage, Dubai - City Walk, 124 km

Marcel kittel

Marcel Kittel wins the fifth stage and sews up his victory in the 2017 Dubai Tour

The race: Here's the report from winner Marcel Kittel's Quick Step team.

Marcel Kittel capped off a great week in the Middle East by taking his third stage victory.

The fourth edition of the Dubai Tour was a memorable one for Quick-Step Floors and Marcel Kittel, who won three of the four stages capitalizing on the great work of his teammates, who took the front of the peloton every day and controlled the breakaway before delivering the German in the final 200 meters, where his huge power, incredible burst of speed and tactical nous did the rest, catapulting him to victory and a perfect start to his second season with Quick-Step Floors.

The last stage of the race was also the shortest at 124 kilometers and got off to a flying start, with speeds of over 50 km/h, as several riders tried to jump clear and make it into the break. It turned out to be mission impossible in the first 40 kilometers of the day, as none of the escapes was to the peloton's liking. Eventually, Matteo Bono (UAE Abu Dhabi), Ivan Cortina (Bahrain-Merida), Floris Gerts (BMC) and Dmitry Gruzdev (Astana) got a green light and went into the break, but Julian Alaphilippe and Bob Jungels led a steady chase behind them, carrying the field on the flat roads to Dubai City Walk, and kept the gap under two minutes all the time.

With 10 kilometers left, it was all back together as the sprinters' teams began jostling for position on the wide roads of Dubai. Quick-Step Floors took over the front and upped the pace as more and more lead-out trains began to form. Once again, Fabio Sabatini slotted into his role as Marcel Kittel's final man, but a chain problem meant that the German was on his own going into a tight right-hand bend with 400 meters left.

This didn't stop Marcel, who kept a close eye on his opponents and started his sprint on the outside, getting the better of Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Riccardo Minali (Astana) for his third stage win this week. It was his eighth career victory at the Dubai Tour, one which sealed the general classification, where Kittel finished ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-NL-Jumbo) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). The overall success coincided with the team's tenth win of 2017, a remarkable achievement giving that we're just one month into the season.

Complete results:

124 kilometers raced at an average speed of 48.249 km/hr

1 Marcel Kittel Quick Step 2hr 34min 12sec
2 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
3 Riccardo Minali Astana s.t.
4 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
5 John Degenkolb Trek-Segafredo s.t.
6 Sacha Modolo UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
7 Jempy Drücker BMC s.t.
8 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
9 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida s.t.
10 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
11 Truls Korsæth Astana s.t.
12 Jan Polanc UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
13 Adam Blythe Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
14 Thomas Stewart ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Floris Gerts BMC @ 3sec
16 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
17 Jakub Mareczko Wilier Triestina s.t.
18 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
19 Matej Mohoric UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
20 Andrew Fenn Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
21 Yousif Mirza UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
22 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
23 Carlos Barbero Movistar s.t.
24 Marco Maronese Bardiani-CSF s.t.
25 Matt Brammeier Aqua Blue Sport @ 6sec
26 Daniele Bennati Movistar s.t.
27 Bader Mirza United Arab Emirates s.t.
28 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
29 Nicola Boem Bardiani-CSF s.t.
30 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
31 Enrico Barbin Bardiani-CSF s.t.
32 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
33 Koen de Kort Trek-Segafredo s.t.
34 Quentin Valognes Novo Nordisk s.t.
35 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
36 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
37 Silvan Dillier BMC s.t.
38 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
39 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana s.t.
40 Joey Rosskopf BMC s.t.
41 Joshua Hunt ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
42 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
43 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
44 Simone Velasco Bardiani-CSF s.t.
45 Nélson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
46 Fumiyuki Beppu Trek-Segafredo s.t.
47 Charles Planet Novo Nordisk s.t.
48 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
49 Samuel Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
50 Stefan Denifl Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
51 Yousef Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
52 Joonas Henttala Novo Nordisk s.t.
53 Héctor Carretero Movistar s.t.
54 David Lozano Novo Nordisk s.t.
55 Naser Al Memari United Arab Emirates s.t.
56 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.
57 Jaber Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
58 Cristián Rodríguez Wilier Triestina s.t.
59 Iván García Bahrain-Merida s.t.
60 Amund Grøndahl LottoNL-Jumbo +14''
61 Daniel Pearson Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
62 Dylan Teuns BMC s.t.
63 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data s.t.
64 Umberto Poli Novo Nordisk s.t.
65 Markel Irizar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
66 Samuel Sánchez BMC s.t.
67 Zhandos Bizhigitov Astana s.t.
68 Kristijan Ðurasek UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
69 Gijs Van Hoecke LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
70 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
71 Matteo Trentin Quick Step +17''
72 Timo Roosen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
73 Simone Consonni UAE Abu Dhabi +19''
74 Mark Christian Aqua Blue Sport +21''
75 Christian Knees Sky +29''
76 Enrico Gasparotto Bahrain-Merida s.t.
77 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF s.t.
78 Grégory Rast Trek-Segafredo +31''
79 Maximilian Schachmann Quick Step s.t.
80 Daniel Oss BMC +36''
81 Majid Albalooshi United Arab Emirates +38''
82 Fabio Sabatini Quick Step s.t.
83 Liam Bertazzo Wilier Triestina s.t.
84 Juan José Lobato LottoNL-Jumbo +41''
85 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
86 Ahmed Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
87 Rory Sutherland Movistar +46''
88 Scott Thwaites Dimension Data s.t.
89 Julien Vermote Quick Step +47''
90 Roberto Ferrari UAE Abu Dhabi +50''
91 Ruslan Tleubayev Astana +53''
92 Michal Golas Sky s.t.
93 Simone Andreetta Bardiani-CSF s.t.
94 Jon Dibben Sky s.t.
95 Matteo Bono UAE Abu Dhabi +1' 04''
96 Gerd de Keijzer Novo Nordisk +1' 07''
97 Bob Jungels Quick Step s.t.
98 Chun Kai Feng Bahrain-Merida s.t.
99 Grega Bole Bahrain-Merida +1' 22''
100 Ian Boswell Sky +1' 27''
101 Gianni Moscon Sky +1' 41''
102 Davide Martinelli Quick Step s.t.
103 Matteo Busato Wilier Triestina s.t.
104 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
105 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 48''
106 Julian Alaphilippe Quick Step +2' 04''
107 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
108 Michael Gogl Trek-Segafredo +2' 07''
109 Bram Tankink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
110 Alberto Cecchin Wilier Triestina +2' 09''
111 Rafael Andriato Wilier Triestina s.t.
112 Christopher Williams Novo Nordisk +2' 16''
113 Borut Božic Bahrain-Merida +2' 46''
114 Saif Mayoof Al Kaab United Arab Emirates +3' 08''
115 David Per Bahrain-Merida s.t.
116 Luka Pibernik Bahrain-Merida s.t.
117 Giuseppe Fonzi Wilier Triestina s.t.
118 Hassan Al Murawwi United Arab Emirates s.t.
119 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data s.t.
120 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
121 Tao Geoghegan Hart Sky +3' 47''
122 Jacopo Mosca Wilier Triestina s.t.

Final GC after stage 5:

693 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.746 km/hr

1 Marcel Kittel Quick Step 15hr 8min 56sec
2 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo @ 18sec
3 John Degenkolb Trek-Segafredo +20''
4 Jempy Drücker BMC +24''
5 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
6 Thomas Stewart ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
7 Riccardo Minali Astana +26''
8 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
9 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data +27''
10 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
11 Jakub Mareczko Wilier Triestina +29''
12 Floris Gerts BMC s.t.
13 Yousif Mirza UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
14 Nicola Boem c s.t.
15 Sacha Modolo UAE Abu Dhabi +30''
16 Adam Blythe Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
17 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
18 Jan Polanc UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
19 Truls Korsæth Astana s.t.
20 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana +32''
21 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
22 Silvan Dillier BMC s.t.
23 Andrew Fenn Aqua Blue Sport +33''
24 Matej Mohoric UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
25 Carlos Barbero Movistar s.t.
26 Marco Maronese Bardiani-CSF s.t.
27 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +35''
28 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling +36''
29 Daniele Bennati Movistar s.t.
30 Koen de Kort Trek-Segafredo s.t.
31 Quentin Valognes Novo Nordisk s.t.
32 Joey Rosskopf BMC s.t.
33 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
34 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
35 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
36 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
37 Nélson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
38 Charles Planet Novo Nordisk s.t.
39 Enrico Barbin Bardiani-CSF s.t.
40 Joshua Hunt ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
41 Simone Velasco Bardiani-CSF s.t.
42 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
43 Joonas Henttala Novo Nordisk s.t.
44 Cristián Rodríguez Wilier Triestina s.t.
45 Stefan Denifl Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
46 Daniel Pearson Aqua Blue Sport +44''
47 Samuel Sánchez BMC s.t.
48 Dylan Teuns BMC s.t.
49 Matteo Trentin Quick Step +47''
50 Simone Consonni UAE Abu Dhabi +49''
51 David Lozano Novo Nordisk s.t.
52 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +50''
53 Winner Anacona Movistar +53''
54 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo +57''
55 Christian Knees Sky +59''
56 Enrico Gasparotto Bahrain-Merida s.t.
57 Zhandos Bizhigitov Astana +1' 01''
58 Kristijan Ðurasek UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
59 Fabio Sabatini Quick Step +1' 08''
60 Juan José Lobato LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 11''
61 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
62 Markel Irizar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
63 Jon Dibben Sky +1' 23''
64 Fumiyuki Beppu Trek-Segafredo +1' 24''
65 Amund Grøndahl LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 25''
66 Rory Sutherland Movistar +1' 33''
67 Simone Andreetta Bardiani-CSF +1' 43''
68 Mark Christian Aqua Blue Sport +1' 44''
69 Daniel Oss BMC +2' 01''
70 Grégory Rast Trek-Segafredo s.t.
71 Michal Golas Sky +2' 04''
72 Grega Bole Bahrain-Merida +2' 05''
73 Roberto Ferrari UAE Abu Dhabi +2' 06''
74 Timo Roosen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
75 Matt Brammeier Aqua Blue Sport +2' 07''
76 Gianni Moscon Sky +2' 11''
77 Ruslan Tleubayev Astana +2' 34''
78 Julian Alaphilippe Quick Step s.t.
79 Jaber Almansory United Arab Emirates +2' 36''
80 Rafael Andriato Wilier Triestina +2' 39''
81 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani-CSF +2' 50''
82 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +3' 27''
83 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data +3' 34''
84 Maximilian Schachmann Quick Step +3' 37''
85 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida +3' 42''
86 Umberto Poli Novo Nordisk +3' 45''
87 Majid Albalooshi United Arab Emirates +3' 46''
88 Iván García Bahrain-Merida +3' 48''
89 Bob Jungels Quick Step +3' 59''
90 Scott Thwaites Dimension Data +4' 04''
91 Julien Vermote Quick Step +4' 10''
92 Yousef Almansory United Arab Emirates +4' 23''
93 Samuel Williams ONE Pro Cycling +4' 26''
94 Giuseppe Fonzi Wilier Triestina +4' 33''
95 David Per Bahrain-Merida +4' 57''
96 Bram Tankink LottoNL-Jumbo +4' 58''
97 Héctor Carretero Movistar +5' 07''
98 Gijs Van Hoecke LottoNL-Jumbo +5' 20''
99 Liam Bertazzo Wilier Triestina +5' 35''
100 Christopher Williams Novo Nordisk +5' 41''
101 Davide Martinelli Quick Step +5' 58''
102 Gerd de Keijzer Novo Nordisk +6' 05''
103 Chun Kai Feng Bahrain-Merida +6' 06''
104 Luka Pibernik Bahrain-Merida +6' 24''
105 Matteo Bono UAE Abu Dhabi +6' 29''
106 Matteo Busato Wilier Triestina +6' 43''
107 Jacopo Mosca Wilier Triestina +6' 52''
108 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +7' 31''
109 Alberto Cecchin Wilier Triestina +7' 40''
110 Tao Geoghegan Hart Sky +7' 57''
111 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo +7' 59''
112 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +8' 41''
113 Bader Mirza United Arab Emirates +8' 46''
114 Naser Al Memari United Arab Emirates +9' 25''
115 Michael Gogl Trek-Segafredo +9' 41''
116 Ahmed Almansory United Arab Emirates +9' 51''
117 Borut Božic Bahrain-Merida +10' 08''
118 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +10' 20''
119 Ian Boswell Sky +12' 19''
120 Saif Mayoof Al Kaabi United Arab Emirates +13' 11''
121 Hassan Al Murawwi United Arab Emirates +14' 09''
122 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +14' 33''

Friday, February 3: Stage 4, Hatta - Hatta Dam, 109 km

Stage 4 was cancelled. The official statement:

Hatta, 3 February 2017 – Based on the poor current weather conditions in Hatta, and the forecast for further deterioration later, the Race Management, in agreement with the Commissaires Panel, have applied the UCI's Extreme Weather Protocol and have cancelled today’s Stage 4 of the Dubai Tour.


Thursday, February 2: Stage 3, Dubai - Al Aqah, 200 km

John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb wins stage 3

The Race: During the race Astana's Andriy Grivko punched raced leader Marcel Kittel in the face. Here's the report from Kittel's Quick Step team.

Quick-Step Floors' Marcel Kittel continues to lead the Dubai Tour with two stages left.

Crosswinds and sand played havoc at the Dubai Tour, taking to the ground several riders and splitting the field to pieces 70 kilometers into stage 3. It took 20 kilometers for the shattered peloton to come back together, and once this happened, Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels took the front and knocked one minute off in just two kilometers, as the gap of the escapees tumbled down to three minutes for the last 55 kilometers of the stage, which was set to conclude in Al Aqah, another new finish for the Middle East race.

Jungels, Davide Martinelli, Maximilian Schachmann and Julien Vermote traded turns at the head of the bunch and melted the advantage of the four breakaway riders, before reabsorbing them with only three kilometers left. The last 500 meters were in a slight uphill and the sprint trains had again difficulties in getting themselves together, as many riders couldn't find space for maneuvering. In the end, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) edged his opponents and took the win ahead of Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida).

A double stage winner at this edition, Marcel Kittel was boxed out during the sprint and couldn't fight for victory at the end of the stage which saw Andriy Grivko (Astana) inflict an injury on him, after sending a punch above his left eye. That blow left Marcel with a deep cut and blood streaming down his face: "Today's race was confusing because of the sandstorm and a lot of teams had to sacrifice many guys in the kilometers before the finish because of this. I think everyone felt how hard it was today, and many guys were on the limit at one point. That made the stage really tough", said Marcel Kittel right after the finish in Al Aqah.

The German then went on to explain the incident in which he was involved with Grivko, who eventually was expelled from the race by the jury: "When we passed a construction site, the sand began blowing and as soon as we went into the crosswinds we were fighting for position, which is always stressful, and Andriy Grivko punched me. I really can't understand how he can do something like that. I get that riding in the crosswinds is always tense, but it gives him no right to act like that. He could have hurt my eye. It's a real shame what happened. In the finale, my mind wasn't 100% on the sprint, but I am happy I have no big injuries and I kept the lead."

Complete Results:

1 DEGENKOLB John Trek-Segafredo 4hr 3min 8sec
2 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Dimension Data s.t.
3 COLBRELLI Sonny Bahrain-Merida s.t.
4 LOBATO Juan Jose LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
5 MINALI Riccardo Astana s.t.
6 DRUCKER Jean Pierre BMC s.t.
7 VIVIANI Elia Sky s.t.
8 GROENEWEGEN Dylan LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
9 BLYTHE Adam Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
10 BENNATI Daniele Movistar s.t.
11 KITTEL Marcel Quick Step s.t.
12 BARBERO Carlos Movistar s.t.
13 VON HOFF Steele ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
14 SIMION Paolo Bardiani-CSF s.t.
15 MOHORIC Matej UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
16 DIBBEN Jonathan Sky s.t.
17 MARECZKO Jakub Wilier Triestina s.t.
18 GARCIA CORTINA Ivan Bahrain-Merida s.t.
19 MODOLO Sacha UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
20 FENN Andrew Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
21 DOMAGALSKI Karol ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
22 SANTOS SIMOES Nelson Filipe Movistar s.t.
23 GERTS Floris BMC s.t.
24 ROSSKOPF Joey BMC s.t.
25 BERTAZZO Liam Wilier Triestina s.t.
26 CONSONNI Simone UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
27 POLANC Jan UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
28 GRUZDEV Dmitriy Astana s.t.
29 DE KORT Koen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
30 DE VREESE Laurens Astana s.t.
31 DILLIER Silvan BMC s.t.
32 VALOGNES Quentin Novo Nordisk s.t.
33 PEARSON Daniel Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
34 KNEES Christian Sky s.t.
35 LEEZER Tom LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
36 BARBIN Enrico Bardiani-CSF s.t.
37 ERVITI Imanol Movistar s.t.
38 CAVENDISH Mark Dimension Data s.t.
39 VLIEGEN Loïc BMC s.t.
40 KORSAETH Truls Engen Astana s.t.
41 SABATINI Fabio Quick Step s.t.
42 MARONESE Marco Bardiani-CSF s.t.
43 PLANET Charles Novo Nordisk s.t.
44 DOWSETT Alex Movistar s.t.
45 KAMYSHEV Arman Astana s.t.
46 MOSCON Gianni Sky s.t.
47 ANDRIATO Rafael Wilier Triestina s.t.
48 TRENTIN Matteo Quick Step s.t.
49 VELASCO Simone Bardiani-CSF s.t.
50 WILLIAMS Peter ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
51 RENSHAW Mark Dimension Data s.t.
52 STEWART Thomas ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
53 BOEM Nicola Bardiani-CSF s.t.
54 HUNT Joshua ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
55 GASPAROTTO Enrico Bahrain-Merida s.t.
56 VERMOTE Julien Quick Step s.t.
57 MCCORMICK Hayden ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
58 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Quick Step s.t.
59 RODRÍGUEZ Cristian Wilier Triestina s.t.
60 SANCHEZ Samuel BMC s.t.
61 TEUNS Dylan BMC s.t.
62 BANIHAMMAD Yousef UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
63 HENTTALA Joonas Novo Nordisk s.t.
64 DENIFL Stefan Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
65 WILLIAMS Samuel ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
66 BOLE Grega Bahrain-Merida @ 13sec
67 LOZANO David Novo Nordisk s.t.
68 RAST Grégory Trek-Segafredo 0:00:14
69 SUTHERLAND Rory Movistar 0:00:17
70 BIZHIGITOV Zhandos Astana s.t.
71 ANACONA Winner Anrew Movistar s.t.
72 DURASEK Kristijan UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
73 GROENDAHL JANSEN Amund LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
74 REIJNEN Kiel Trek-Segafredo 0:00:21
75 ANDREETTA Simone Bardiani-CSF s.t.
76 FERRARI Roberto UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
77 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel Trek-Segafredo 0:00:27
78 ROOSEN Timo LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:29
79 ALHAMMADI Badr United Arab Emirates 0:00:31
80 ALMANSUORY Mohammed United Arab Emirates s.t.
81 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:33
82 PER David Bahrain-Merida 0:00:39
83 GOLAS Michal Sky 0:00:41
84 TONELLI Alessandro Bardiani-CSF 0:00:45
85 BEPPU Fumiyuki Trek-Segafredo 0:00:48
86 PIBERNIK Luka Bahrain-Merida s.t.
87 ALMEMARI Nasser United Arab Emirates s.t.
88 ALMANSOORI Jaber United Arab Emirates 0:00:51
89 FONZI Giuseppe Wilier Triestina 0:00:55
90 CECCHIN Alberto Wilier Triestina s.t.
91 EISEL Bernhard Dimension Data s.t.
92 OSS Daniel BMC s.t.
93 BRAMMEIER Matthew Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
94 CHRISTIAN Mark Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
95 ALMANSOORI Abdulla United Arab Emirates @ 1min 1sec
96 ALBALUSHI Majid United Arab Emirates s.t.
97 THOMSON Jay Robert Dimension Data 0:01:08
98 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan Astana 0:01:11
99 FENG Chun Kai Bahrain-Merida 0:01:13
100 THWAITES Scott Dimension Data 0:01:16
101 WILLIAMS Christopher Novo Nordisk 0:01:18
102 BONO Matteo UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
103 AL KAABI Saif Mayoof United Arab Emirates s.t.
104 CARRETERO Hector Movistar 0:01:25
105 JUNGELS Bob Quick Step 0:01:36
106 SCHACHMANN Maximilian Quick Step 0:01:36
107 HOUSE Kristian ONE Pro Cycling 0:01:44
108 BERNARD Julien Trek-Segafredo 0:02:15
109 VAN HOECKE Gijs LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:21
110 TANKINK Bram LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
111 AL MURAWWI Mohammed United Arab Emirates s.t.
112 DE KEIJZER Gerd Novo Nordisk s.t.
113 GOGL Michael Trek-Segafredo 0:02:35
114 GIBBONS Ryan Dimension Data s.t.
115 MOSCA Jacopo Wilier Triestina 0:02:35
116 BUSATO Matteo Wilier Triestina 0:02:48
117 POLI Umberto Novo Nordisk 0:03:01
118 MARTINELLI Davide Quick Step s.t.
119 BOZIC Borut Bahrain-Merida 0:03:36
120 BOSWELL Ian Sky 0:03:40
121 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao Sky s.t.
122 DOUGALL Nick Dimension Data 0:03:43

GC after Stage 3:

1 KITTEL Marcel Quick Step 12hr 34min 54sec
2 GROENEWEGEN Dylan LottoNL-Jumbo @ 8sec
3 DEGENKOLB John Trek-Segafredo 0:00:10
4 BOEM Nicola Bardiani-CSF 0:00:13
5 DRUCKER Jean Pierre BMC 0:00:14
6 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Dimension Data s.t.
7 DOWSETT Alex Movistar s.t.
8 STEWART Thomas ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
9 MARECZKO Jakub Wilier Triestina 0:00:16
10 CAVENDISH Mark Dimension Data s.t.
11 VLIEGEN Loïc BMC s.t.
12 DILLIER Silvan BMC s.t.
13 BANIHAMMAD Yousef UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
14 WILLIAMS Peter ONE Pro Cycling 0:00:19
15 LOBATO Juan Jose LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:20
16 MINALI Riccardo Astana s.t.
17 BLYTHE Adam Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
18 MODOLO Sacha UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
19 VIVIANI Elia Sky s.t.
20 VON HOFF Steele ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
21 SIMION Paolo Bardiani-CSF s.t.
22 FENN Andrew Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
23 BENNATI Daniele Movistar s.t.
24 CONSONNI Simone UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
25 BARBERO Carlos Movistar s.t.
26 MOHORIC Matej UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
27 GERTS Floris BMC s.t.
28 DE KORT Koen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
29 GRUZDEV Dmitriy Astana s.t.
30 MARONESE Marco Bardiani-CSF s.t.
31 VALOGNES Quentin Novo Nordisk s.t.
32 ROSSKOPF Joey BMC s.t.
33 POLANC Jan UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
34 TRENTIN Matteo Quick Step s.t.
35 DIBBEN Jonathan Sky s.t.
36 KORSAETH Truls Engen Astana s.t.
37 KAMYSHEV Arman Astana s.t.
38 DOMAGALSKI Karol ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
39 SABATINI Fabio Quick Step s.t.
40 DE VREESE Laurens Astana s.t.
41 MCCORMICK Hayden ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
42 SANTOS SIMOES Nelson Filipe Movistar s.t.
43 PLANET Charles Novo Nordisk s.t.
44 KNEES Christian Sky s.t.
45 BARBIN Enrico Bardiani-CSF s.t.
46 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Quick Step s.t.
47 LEEZER Tom LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
48 MOSCON Gianni Sky s.t.
49 HUNT Joshua ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
50 PEARSON Daniel Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
51 SANCHEZ Samuel BMC s.t.
52 VELASCO Simone Bardiani-CSF s.t.
53 GASPAROTTO Enrico Bahrain-Merida s.t.
54 HENTTALA Joonas Novo Nordisk s.t.
55 ERVITI Imanol Movistar s.t.
56 ANDRIATO Rafael Wilier Triestina s.t.
57 RODRÍGUEZ Cristian Wilier Triestina s.t.
58 TEUNS Dylan BMC s.t.
59 DENIFL Stefan Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
60 LOZANO RIBA David Novo Nordisk 0:00:33
61 BOLE Grega Bahrain-Merida s.t.
62 ANACONA Winner Anrew Movistar 0:00:37
63 BIZHIGITOV Zhandos Astana s.t.
64 RENSHAW Mark Dimension Data s.t.
65 SUTHERLAND Rory Movistar s.t.
66 DURASEK Kristijan UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
67 ANDREETTA Simone Bardiani-CSF 0:00:40
68 REIJNEN Kiel Trek-Segafredo 0:00:41
69 IRIZAR Markel Trek-Segafredo 0:00:47
70 GOLAS Michal Sky @ 1min 1sec
71 GROENDAHL JANSEN Amund LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
72 FERRARI Roberto UAE Abu Dhabi 0:01:06
73 BEPPU Fumiyuki Trek-Segafredo 0:01:08
74 CHRISTIAN Mark Aqua Blue Sport 0:01:13
75 OSS Daniel BMC 0:01:15
76 FONZI Giuseppe Wilier Triestina s.t.
77 RAST Grégory Trek-Segafredo 0:01:20
78 WYNANTS Maarten LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:29
79 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan Astana 0:01:31
80 PER David Bahrain-Merida 0:01:39
81 ROOSEN Timo LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
82 BRAMMEIER Matthew Aqua Blue Sport 0:01:51
83 TONELLI Alessandro Bardiani-CSF 0:02:11
84 ALMANSOORI Jaber United Arab Emirates 0:02:20
85 TANKINK Bram LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:41
86 JUNGELS Bob Quick Step 0:02:42
87 MOSCA Jacopo Wilier Triestina 0:02:55
88 SCHACHMANN Maximilian Quick Step 0:02:56
89 ALBALUSHI Majid United Arab Emirates 0:02:58
90 PIBERNIK Luka Bahrain-Merida 0:03:06
91 THWAITES Scott Dimension Data 0:03:08
92 GIBBONS Ryan Dimension Data 0:03:10
93 VERMOTE Julien Quick Step 0:03:13
94 WILLIAMS Christopher Novo Nordisk 0:03:15
95 POLI Umberto Novo Nordisk 0:03:21
96 COLBRELLI Sonny Bahrain-Merida 0:03:32
97 GARCIA Ivan Bahrain-Merida 0:03:36
98 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao Sky 0:04:00
99 ALMANSUORY Mohammed United Arab Emirates 0:04:07
100 MARTINELLI Davide Quick Step s.t.
101 WILLIAMS Samuel ONE Pro Cycling 0:04:10
102 BERTAZZO Liam Wilier Triestina 0:04:47
103 DE KEIJZER Gerd Novo Nordisk 0:04:48
104 FENG Chun Kai Bahrain-Merida 0:04:49
105 CARRETERO Hector Movistar 0:04:51
106 BUSATO Matteo Wilier Triestina 0:04:52
107 VAN HOECKE Gijs LottoNL-Jumbo 0:04:56
108 BONO Matteo UAE Abu Dhabi 0:05:15
109 CECCHIN Alberto Wilier Triestina 0:05:21
110 BERNARD Julien Trek-Segafredo 0:05:45
111 EISEL Bernhard Dimension Data 0:06:50
112 HOUSE Kristian ONE Pro Cycling 0:07:02
113 THOMSON Jay Robert Dimension Data 0:07:07
114 BOZIC Borut Bahrain-Merida 0:07:12
115 GOGL Michael Trek-Segafredo 0:07:24
116 ALHAMMADI Badr United Arab Emirates 0:08:30
117 ALMANSOORI Abdulla United Arab Emirates 0:09:00
118 ALMEMARI Nasser United Arab Emirates 0:09:09
119 AL KAABI Saif United Arab Emirates 0:09:53
120 BOSWELL Ian Sky 0:10:42
121 AL MURAWWI Mohammed United Arab Emirates 0:10:51
122 DOUGALL Nick Dimension Data 0:11:15

Wednesday, February 1: Stage 2, Dubai - Ras al Khaimah, 188 km

Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel makes it two Dubai stages in a row

The race: Here's the report from stage winner Marcel Kittel's Quick Step team.

Marcel Kittel was again unbeatable at the Dubai Tour, where he took his second victory, a thrilling one, thus extending his overall lead with three stages to go, two of which are also very likely to end in a bunch sprint. It was the German's seventh career win at the Middle East race, and Quick-Step Floors' – by far the team of the early season – eighth victory of the year.

Starting the day in the blue jersey of the overall leader, Marcel Kittel stayed safely in the peloton on the road to Ras al Khaimah, a new finish in the Dubai Tour, with the break of five not being a threat for the stage win, as Bob Jungels, Davide Martinelli and Julien Vermote always kept it under control, before eventually making the catch inside the last 11 kilometers.

The final part of the stage 2 was scrappy, with the sprinters' teams struggling to find room and a good position at the front. Marcel Kittel was well-positioned by his teammates in the upper part of the bunch, but due to the chaotic nature of the finale, he was closed at one point and had to come from far back with just 500 meters to go.

Despite that and the fact he was forced to start his sprint later than his opponents, the German's acceleration was impossible to beat by the others and he went on to score his second successive stage win at the Dubai Tour, ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Selle Italia). It was Quick-Step Floors' fourth success in a row, after the one of yesterday and the two of Maximiliano Richeze in the Vuelta a San Juan, last week.

"Today was a difficult one. The final was different and tricky, and as a result there wasn't an opportunity to stretch out the peloton, but adapting to different race situations shows the strength of the team. The guys did once again an incredible job, Fabio brought me to the front when it mattered, Matteo kept the speed high, and I jumped from wheel to wheel and managed to take the victory. It's nice to win also like this", said Marcel, who leads not only the overall, but also the points classification.

Following his perfectly-timed sprint, which brought also important bonus seconds, the 28-year-old rider of Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team will start stage 3 (Dubai – Al Aqah, 200 kilometers) with an 8-second advantage over his closest rival in the GC, a buffer which could provide important at the end of the race: "To have seven stage victories here is nice. As I said at the beginning of the week, Dubai has always been good to me. The race is not over, and our goal is to keep on working and take it day by day as good as possible. We'll see how things pan out."

Complete results:

188 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.478 km/hr

1 Marcel Kittel Quick Step 4hr 25min 33sec
2 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
3 Jakub Mareczko Wilier Triestina s.t.
4 John Degenkolb Trek-Segafredo s.t.
5 Sacha Modolo UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
6 Juan José Lobato LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
7 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
8 Riccardo Minali Astana s.t.
9 Marco Maronese Bardiani CSF s.t.
10 Adam Blythe Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
11 Jempy Drücker BMC s.t.
12 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data s.t.
13 Matej Mohoric UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
14 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Matteo Trentin Quick Step s.t.
16 Andrew Fenn Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
17 Joey Rosskopf BMC s.t.
18 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
19 Roberto Ferrari UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
20 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
21 Carlos Barbero Movistar s.t.
22 Ahmed Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
23 Daniel Oss BMC s.t.
24 Ruslan Tleubayev Astana s.t.
25 Daniele Bennati Movistar s.t.
26 Floris Gerts BMC s.t.
27 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
28 Quentin Valognes Novo Nordisk s.t.
29 Truls Korsæth Astana s.t.
30 Simone Consonni UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
31 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
32 Bader Mirza United Arab Emirates s.t.
33 Koen de Kort Trek-Segafredo s.t.
34 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana s.t.
35 Jaber Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
36 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
37 Fabio Sabatini Quick Step s.t.
38 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
39 Thomas Stewart ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
40 Yousef Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
41 Maximilian Schachmann Quick Step s.t.
42 Chun Kai Feng Bahrain-Merida s.t.
43 Julian Alaphilippe Quick Step s.t.
44 Andriy Grivko Astana s.t.
45 David Per Bahrain-Merida s.t.
46 Julien Vermote Quick Step s.t.
47 Jan Polanc UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
48 Enrico Barbin Bardiani CSF s.t.
49 Silvan Dillier BMC s.t.
50 Gianni Moscon Sky s.t.
51 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF s.t.
52 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida s.t.
53 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
54 Iván García Bahrain-Merida s.t.
55 Umberto Poli Novo Nordisk s.t.
56 Simone Velasco Bardiani CSF s.t.
57 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
58 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
59 Jon Dibben Sky s.t.
60 Joshua Hunt ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
61 Borut Božic Bahrain-Merida s.t.
62 Yousif Mirza UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
63 Samuel Sánchez BMC s.t.
64 Christopher Williams Novo Nordisk s.t.
65 Charles Planet Novo Nordisk s.t.
66 Joonas Henttala Novo Nordisk s.t.
67 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
68 Christian Knees Sky s.t.
69 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
70 Enrico Gasparotto Bahrain-Merida s.t.
71 Rafael Andriato Wilier Triestina s.t.
72 Nélson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
73 Fumiyuki Beppu Trek-Segafredo s.t.
74 Grega Bole Bahrain-Merida s.t.
75 Daniel Pearson Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
76 Cristián Rodríguez Wilier Triestina s.t.
77 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
78 Jacopo Mosca Wilier Triestina s.t.
79 Bram Tankink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
80 Markel Irizar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
81 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.
82 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF s.t.
83 David Lozano Novo Nordisk s.t.
84 Luka Pibernik Bahrain-Merida s.t.
85 Tao Geoghegan Hart Sky s.t.
86 Zhandos Bizhigitov Astana s.t.
87 Dylan Teuns BMC s.t.
88 Kristijan Ðurasek UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
89 Michal Golas Sky s.t.
90 Liam Bertazzo Wilier Triestina s.t.
91 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
92 Stephen Clancy Novo Nordisk s.t.
93 Stefan Denifl Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
94 Rory Sutherland Movistar s.t.
95 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
96 Giuseppe Fonzi Wilier Triestina s.t.
97 Majid Albalooshi United Arab Emirates s.t.
98 Simone Andreetta Bardiani CSF s.t.
99 Mark Christian Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
100 Matteo Bono UAE Abu Dhabi @ 22sec
101 Naser Al Memari United Arab Emirates s.t.
102 Héctor Carretero Movistar s.t.
103 Amund Grøndahl LottoNL-Jumbo +24''
104 Gerd de Keijzer Novo Nordisk +30''
105 Hassan Al Murawwi United Arab Emirates +31''
106 Scott Thwaites Dimension Data +36''
107 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
108 Saif Mayoof Al Kaabi United Arab Emirates s.t.
109 Matt Brammeier Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
110 Davide Martinelli Quick Step +46''
111 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
112 Grégory Rast Trek-Segafredo s.t.
113 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
114 Bob Jungels Quick Step s.t.
115 Alberto Cecchin Wilier Triestina +50''
116 Timo Roosen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
117 Samuel Williams ONE Pro Cycling +1' 06''
118 Matteo Busato Wilier Triestina +1' 44''
119 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +1' 47''
120 Michael Gogl Trek-Segafredo +2' 05''
121 Gijs Van Hoecke LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 15''
122 Ian Boswell Sky s.t.
123 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +2' 19''
124 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

369 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 43.262 km/hr

1 Marcel Kittel Quick Step 8hr 31min 46sec
2 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo @ 8sec
3 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF +13''
4 Jempy Drücker BMC +14''
5 Thomas Stewart ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
6 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +16''
7 Jakub Mareczko Wilier Triestina s.t.
8 Yousif Mirza UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
9 Silvan Dillier BMC s.t.
10 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling +19''
11 Simone Andreetta Bardiani CSF s.t.
12 John Degenkolb Trek-Segafredo +20''
13 Sacha Modolo UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
14 Juan José Lobato LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
15 Adam Blythe Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
16 Riccardo Minali Astana s.t.
17 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
18 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
19 Andrew Fenn Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
20 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
21 Simone Consonni UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
22 Marco Maronese Bardiani CSF s.t.
23 Daniele Bennati Movistar s.t.
24 Ruslan Tleubayev Astana s.t.
25 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
26 Floris Gerts BMC s.t.
27 Koen de Kort Trek-Segafredo s.t.
28 Matej Mohoric UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
29 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
30 Carlos Barbero Movistar s.t.
31 Quentin Valognes Novo Nordisk s.t.
32 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana s.t.
33 Matteo Trentin Quick Step s.t.
34 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
35 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
36 Andriy Grivko Astana s.t.
37 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
38 Truls Korsæth Astana s.t.
39 Joey Rosskopf BMC s.t.
40 Jan Polanc UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
41 Fabio Sabatini Quick Step s.t.
42 Charles Planet Novo Nordisk s.t.
43 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
44 Jon Dibben Sky s.t.
45 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
46 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
47 Fumiyuki Beppu Trek-Segafredo s.t.
48 Julian Alaphilippe Quick Step s.t.
49 Nélson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
50 Joshua Hunt ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
51 Tao Geoghegan Hart Sky s.t.
52 Daniel Oss BMC s.t.
53 Enrico Barbin Bardiani CSF s.t.
54 Christian Knees Sky s.t.
55 Gianni Moscon Sky s.t.
56 Samuel Sánchez BMC s.t.
57 Joonas Henttala Novo Nordisk s.t.
58 Bram Tankink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
59 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
60 Enrico Gasparotto Bahrain-Merida s.t.
61 Markel Irizar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
62 Michal Golas Sky s.t.
63 Simone Velasco Bardiani CSF s.t.
64 David Lozano Novo Nordisk s.t.
65 Umberto Poli Novo Nordisk s.t.
66 Daniel Pearson Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
67 Cristián Rodríguez Wilier Triestina s.t.
68 Jacopo Mosca Wilier Triestina s.t.
69 Dylan Teuns BMC s.t.
70 Rafael Andriato Wilier Triestina s.t.
71 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
72 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.
73 Stephen Clancy Novo Nordisk s.t.
74 Grega Bole Bahrain-Merida s.t.
75 Zhandos Bizhigitov Astana s.t.
76 Stefan Denifl Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
77 Mark Christian Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
78 Kristijan Ðurasek UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
79 Rory Sutherland Movistar s.t.
80 Giuseppe Fonzi Wilier Triestina s.t.
81 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data +35''
82 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +37''
83 Amund Grøndah LottoNL-Jumbo +44''
84 Roberto Ferrari UAE Abu Dhabi +45''
85 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo +56''
86 Matt Brammeier Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
87 David Per Bahrain-Merida +1' 00''
88 Grégory Rast Trek-Segafredo +1' 06''
89 Bob Jungels Quick Step s.t.
90 Davide Martinelli Quick Step s.t.
91 Timo Roosen LottoNL-Jumbo +1' 10''
92 Maximilian Schachmann Quick Step +1' 20''
93 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +1' 26''
94 Jaber Almansory United Arab Emirates +1' 29''
95 Scott Thwaites Dimension Data +1' 52''
96 Christopher Williams Novo Nordisk +1' 57''
97 Majid Albalooshi United Arab Emirates s.t.
98 Matteo Busato Wilier Triestina +2' 04''
99 Luka Pibernik Bahrain-Merida +2' 18''
100 Gerd de Keijzer Novo Nordisk +2' 27''
101 Gijs Van Hoecke LottoNL-Jumbo +2' 35''
102 Julien Vermote Quick Step +3' 13''
103 Héctor Carretero Movistar +3' 26''
104 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo +3' 30''
105 Chun Kai Feng Bahrain-Merida +3' 36''
106 Yousef Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
107 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida s.t.
108 Iván García Bahrain-Merida s.t.
109 Borut Božic Bahrain-Merida s.t.
110 Matteo Bono UAE Abu Dhabi +3' 57''
111 Samuel Williams ONE Pro Cycling +4' 10''
112 Alberto Cecchin Wilier Triestina +4' 26''
113 Liam Bertazzo Wilier Triestina +4' 47''
114 Michael Gogl Trek-Segafredo +4' 49''
115 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +5' 18''
116 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data +5' 55''
117 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +5' 59''
118 Ian Boswell Sky +7' 02''
119 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +7' 32''
120 Ahmed Almansory United Arab Emirates +7' 59''
121 Bader Mirza United Arab Emirates +7' 59''
122 Naser Al Memari United Arab Emirates +8' 21''
123 Hassan Al Murawwi United Arab Emirates +8' 30''
124 Saif Mayoof Al Kaabi United Arab Emirates +8' 35''

Tuesday, January 31: Stage 1 DIMC - Palm Jumeirah, 181 km

Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel wins Dubai Tour stage 1. Photo: TDWsport

The race: Here's the story from winner Marcel Kittel's Quick Step team.

Marcel Kittel enjoyed an excellent start to the season in the Middle East race, scoring his sixth victory there after a perfect lead-out of Quick-Step Floors.

The German got his season up and running, picking up where he left off at the Dubai Tour, after he powered to win on stage 1 of the event, which finished on the island of Palm Jumeirah, at the end of 181 fast kilometers. It was Quick-Step Floors' seventh victory of the year, as Marcel became the team's fifth different rider to win a race and open his year in style, after Jack Bauer at the New Zealand National ITT Championships, Tom Boonen, Fernando Gaviria and Maximiliano Richeze, all three at the Vuelta a San Juan.

The inaugural stage of the Dubai Tour kicked off with an attack of five riders, who managed to take a four-minute gap on the peloton. Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF), Matteo Bono (UAE Abu Dhabi), Silvan Dillier (BMC), Daniel Pearson (Aqua Blue Sport) and Tom Stewart (ONE Pro Cycling) were the ones to animate the stage in its first part, but were always kept under control by the fantastic Bob Jungels and Julien Vermote; the two put in a huge amount of work and drilled it hard at the front on the flat and twisting roads of stage 1, making sure the escapees' adventure came to an end with ten kilometers to go.

As the sprint trains began forming, the Quick-Step Floors boys moved their way through the peloton and took the front inside the final two kilometers, just after the last roundabout. Other teams tried to counter, but couldn't do anything against the blue train, as Matteo Trentin and Fabio Sabatini brought Marcel Kittel in an excellent position just 200 meters from the line, setting him up for his sixth career victory in the Dubai Tour.

Marcel's huge sprint didn't give any chances to his opponents, as the 28-year-old German roared over the finish line, ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data): "I'm really happy. In the last few days I felt I was very confident about the team. I'm happy to have a winning start, just like last year", said Kittel, the race's first overall leader. "It was difficult to time it right because there are a lot of strong sprinters here and you need to find the right moment. We were always in a good position, not really in the front, but we chose the right distance to go for it. After we passed the last roundabout, we tried to find each other and we went full gas to the finish line. It worked really well."

It was Marcel's first ever victory on disc brakes, one which we was keen on sharing with the whole team: "A lot of riders came to me today and asked me about that, they were curious about the disk brakes and how it feels to ride with it. I think I made the right choice and I'm happy to have it this season. The most important thing is that we came out on top today. Last year we won many races together, and that's what we want to do also this season. The first race of the year is always insecure, because you can never know how things will work. All the guys were there today and did a great job, so this is also a victory of them."

Complete Results:

181 kilometers raced at an average speed of 44.047 km/hr

1 Marcel Kittel Quick Step 4hr 6min 33sec
2 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
3 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data s.t.
4 John Degenkolb Trek-Segafredo s.t.
5 Sacha Modolo UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
6 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
7 Jempy Drücker BMC s.t.
8 Simone Consonni UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
9 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
10 Adam Blythe Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
11 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
12 Juan José Lobato LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
13 Riccardo Minali Astana s.t.
14 Koen de Kort Trek-Segafredo s.t.
15 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
16 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
17 Andrew Fenn Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
18 Jakub Mareczko Wilier Triestina s.t.
19 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
20 Daniele Bennati Movistar s.t.
21 Floris Gerts BMC s.t.
22 Ruslan Tleubayev Astana s.t.
23 Yousif Mirza UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
24 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana s.t.
25 Thomas Stewart ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
26 Charles Planet Novo Nordisk s.t.
27 Quentin Valognes Novo Nordisk s.t.
28 Fumiyuki Beppu Trek-Segafredo s.t.
29 Andriy Grivko Astana s.t.
30 Tao Geoghegan Hart Sky s.t.
31 Jan Polanc UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
32 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
33 Carlos Barbero Movistar s.t.
34 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
35 Marco Maronese Bardiani CSF s.t.
36 Grégory Rast Trek-Segafredo s.t.
37 Jon Dibben Sky s.t.
38 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
39 Matej Mohoric UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
40 Nélson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
41 Silvan Dillier BMC s.t.
42 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
43 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
44 Fabio Sabatini Quick Step s.t.
45 Matteo Trentin Quick Step s.t.
46 Truls Korsæth Astana s.t.
47 Michal Golas Sky s.t.
48 Bram Tankink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
49 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
50 Bob Jungels Quick Step s.t.
51 Christian Knees Sky s.t.
52 Amund Grøndahl LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
53 Joshua Hunt ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
54 Timo Roosen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
55 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
56 Markel Irizar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
57 David Lozano Novo Nordisk s.t.
58 Davide Martinelli Quick Step s.t.
59 Joonas Henttala Novo Nordisk s.t.
60 Joey Rosskopf BMC s.t.
61 Samuel Sánchez BMC s.t.
62 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
63 Enrico Gasparotto Bahrain-Merida s.t.
64 Dylan Teuns BMC s.t.
65 Julian Alaphilippe Quick Step s.t.
66 Daniel Pearson Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
67 Jacopo Mosca Wilier Triestina s.t.
68 Stephen Clancy Novo Nordisk s.t.
69 Cristián Rodríguez Wilier Triestina s.t.
70 Enrico Barbin Bardiani CSF s.t.
71 Gianni Moscon Sky s.t.
72 Matt Brammeier Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
73 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
74 Stefan Denifl Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
75 Zhandos Bizhigitov Astana s.t.
76 Mark Christian Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
77 Gijs Van Hoecke LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
78 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.
79 Simone Andreetta Bardiani CSF s.t.
80 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF s.t.
81 Simone Velasco Bardiani CSF s.t.
82 Rafael Andriato Wilier Triestina s.t.
83 Rory Sutherland Movistar s.t.
84 Matteo Busato Wilier Triestina s.t.
85 Giuseppe Fonzi Wilier Triestina s.t.
86 Umberto Poli Novo Nordisk s.t.
87 Grega Bole Bahrain-Merida s.t.
88 Kristijan Ðurasek UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
89 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data @ 15sec
90 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +17''
91 Roberto Ferrari UAE Abu Dhabi +25''
92 David Per Bahrain-Merida +40''
93 Daniel Oss BMC +0''
94 Scott Thwaites Dimension Data +56''
95 Maximilian Schachmann Quick Step @ 1min 0sec
96 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +1' 06''
97 Jaber Almansory United Arab Emirates +1' 09''
98 Christopher Williams Novo Nordisk +1' 37''
99 Gerd de Keijzer Novo Nordisk s.t.
100 Majid Albalooshi United Arab Emirates s.t.
101 Luka Pibernik Bahrain-Merida +1' 58''
102 Michael Gogl Trek-Segafredo +2' 24''
103 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
104 Samuel Williams ONE Pro Cycling +2' 44''
105 Héctor Carretero Movistar s.t.
106 Julien Vermote Quick Step +2' 53''
107 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +3' 11''
108 Iván García Bahrain-Merida +3' 16''
109 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida +3' 16''
110 Chun Kai Feng Bahrain-Merida s.t.
111 Matteo Bono UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
112 Borut Božic Bahrain-Merida s.t.
113 Yousef Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
114 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
115 Alberto Cecchin Wilier Triestina s.t.
116 Liam Bertazzo Wilier Triestina +4' 27''
117 Ian Boswell Sky s.t.
118 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +4' 53''
119 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data s.t.
120 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF +5' 43''
121 Naser Al Memari United Arab Emirates +7' 39''
122 Hassan Al Murawwi United Arab Emirates s.t.
123 Bader Mirza United Arab Emirates s.t.
124 Ahmed Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
125 Saif Mayoof Al Kaabi United Arab Emirates s.t.
126 Lars Petter Nordhaug Aqua Blue Sport DNF

GC after Stage 1:

1 Marcel Kittel Quick Step 4hhr 6min 23sec
2 Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF @ 3sec
3 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo +4''
4 Thomas Stewart ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
5 Mark Cavendish Dimension Data +6''
6 Silvan Dillier BMC s.t.
7 John Degenkolb Trek-Segafredo +10''
8 Sacha Modolo UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
9 Elia Viviani Sky s.t.
10 Jempy Drücker BMC s.t.
11 Simone Consonni UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
12 Steele Von Hoff ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
13 Adam Blythe Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
14 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
15 Juan José Lobato LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
16 Riccardo Minali Astana s.t.
17 Koen de Kort Trek-Segafredo s.t.
18 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
19 Loïc Vliegen BMC s.t.
20 Andrew Fenn Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
21 Jakub Mareczko Wilier Triestina s.t.
22 Alex Dowsett Movistar s.t.
23 Daniele Bennati Movistar s.t.
24 Floris Gerts BMC s.t.
25 Ruslan Tleubayev Astana s.t.
26 Yousif Mirza UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
27 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana s.t.
28 Charles Planet Novo Nordisk s.t.
29 Quentin Valognes Novo Nordisk s.t.
30 Fumiyuki Beppu Trek-Segafredo s.t.
31 Andriy Grivko Astana s.t.
32 Tao Geoghegan Hart Sky s.t.
33 Jan Polanc UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
34 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
35 Carlos Barbero Movistar s.t.
36 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
37 Marco Maronese Bardiani CSF s.t.
38 Grégory Rast Trek-Segafredo s.t.
39 Jon Dibben Sky s.t.
40 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
41 Matej Mohoric UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
42 Nélson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
43 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
44 Hayden McCormick ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
45 Fabio Sabatini Quick Step s.t.
46 Matteo Trentin Quick Step s.t.
47 Truls Korsæth Astana s.t.
48 Michal Golas Sky s.t.
49 Bram Tankink LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
50 Pete Williams ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
51 Bob Jungels Quick Step s.t.
52 Christian Knees Sky s.t.
53 Amund Grøndahl LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
54 Joshua Hunt ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
55 Timo Roosen LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
56 Tom Leezer LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
57 Markel Irizar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
58 David Lozano Novo Nordisk s.t.
59 Davide Martinelli Quick Step s.t.
60 Joonas Henttala Novo Nordisk s.t.
61 Joey Rosskopf BMC s.t.
62 Samuel Sánchez BMC s.t.
63 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
64 Enrico Gasparotto Bahrain-Merida s.t.
65 Dylan Teuns BMC s.t.
66 Julian Alaphilippe Quick Step s.t.
67 Daniel Pearson Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
68 Jacopo Mosca Wilier Triestina s.t.
69 Stephen Clancy Novo Nordisk s.t.
70 Cristián Rodríguez Wilier Triestina s.t.
71 Enrico Barbin Bardiani CSF s.t.
72 Gianni Moscon Sky s.t.
73 Matt Brammeier Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
74 Maarten Wynants LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
75 Stefan Denifl Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
76 Zhandos Bizhigitov Astana s.t.
77 Mark Christian Aqua Blue Sport s.t.
78 Gijs Van Hoecke LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
79 Winner Anacona Movistar s.t.
80 Simone Andreetta Bardiani CSF s.t.
81 Simone Velasco Bardiani CSF s.t.
82 Rafael Andriato Wilier Triestina s.t.
83 Rory Sutherland Movistar s.t.
84 Matteo Busato Wilier Triestina s.t.
85 Giuseppe Fonzi Wilier Triestina s.t.
86 Umberto Poli Novo Nordisk s.t.
87 Grega Bole Bahrain-Merida s.t.
88 Kristijan Ðurasek UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
89 Daniel Oss BMC s.t.
90 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data +25''
91 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data +27''
92 Roberto Ferrari UAE Abu Dhabi +35''
93 David Per Bahrain-Merida +50''
94 Scott Thwaites Dimension Data @ 1min 6sec
95 Maximilian Schachmann Quick Step +1' 10''
96 Alessandro Tonelli Bardiani CSF +1' 16''
97 Jaber Almansory United Arab Emirates +1' 19''
98 Christopher Williams Novo Nordisk +1' 47''
99 Gerd de Keijzer Novo Nordisk s.t.
100 Majid Albalooshi United Arab Emirates s.t.
101 Luka Pibernik Bahrain-Merida +2' 08''
102 Michael Gogl Trek-Segafredo +2' 34''
103 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
104 Samuel Williams ONE Pro Cycling +2' 54''
105 Héctor Carretero Movistar +2' 54''
106 Julien Vermote Quick Step +3' 03''
107 Kristian House ONE Pro Cycling +3' 21''
108 Matteo Bono UAE Abu Dhabi +3' 25''
109 Iván García Bahrain-Merida +3' 26''
110 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida s.t.
111 Chun Kai Feng Bahrain-Merida s.t.
112 Borut Božic Bahrain-Merida s.t.
113 Yousef Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
114 Bernhard Eisel Dimension Data s.t.
115 Alberto Cecchin Wilier Triestina s.t.
116 Liam Bertazzo Wilier Triestina +4' 37''
117 Ian Boswell Sky s.t.
118 Jay Thomson Dimension Data +5' 03''
119 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data s.t.
120 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF +5' 53''
121 Naser Al Memari United Arab Emirates +7' 49''
122 Hassan Al Murawwi United Arab Emirates s.t.
123 Bader Mirza United Arab Emirates s.t.
124 Ahmed Almansory United Arab Emirates s.t.
125 Saif Mayoof Al Kaabi United Arab Emirates s.t.

Start list with back numbers, January 30, 2017:

QUICK STEP FLOORS
1 KITTEL Marcel
2 ALAPHILIPPE Julian
3 JUNGELS Bob
4 MARTINELLI Davide
5 SABATINI Fabio
6 SCHACHMANN Maximilian
7 TRENTIN Matteo
8 VERMOTE Julien
AQUA BLUE SPORT
11 BRAMMEIER Matthew
12 BLYTHE Adam
13 CHRISTIAN Mark
14 DENIFL Stefan
15 FENN Andrew
17 NORDHAUG Lars Petter
18 PEARSON Daniel
ASTANA
21 BIZHIGITOV Zhandos
22 DE VREESE Laurens
23 GRIVKO Andriy
24 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
25 KORSAETH Truls Engen
26 KAMYSHEV Arman
27 MINALI Riccardo
28 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan
BAHRAIN - MERIDA
31 COLBRELLI Sonny
32 BOLE Grega
33 BOZIC Borut
34 FENG Chun Kai
35 GASPAROTTO Enrico
36 GARCIA Ivan
37 PER David
38 PIBERNIK Luka
BARDIANI CSF
41 ANDREETTA Simone
42 BARBIN Enrico
43 BOEM Nicola
44 MARONESE Marco
45 SIMION Paolo
46 STERBINI Simone
47 TONELLI Alessandro
48 VELASCO Simone
BMC
51 DILLIER Silvan
52 DRUCKER Jean-Pierre
53 GERTS Floris
54 OSS Daniel
55 ROSSKOPF Joey
56 SANCHEZ Samuel
57 TEUNS Dylan
58 VLIEGEN Loïc
MOVISTAR
61 ANACONA Winner
62 BARBERO Carlos
63 BENNATI Daniele
64 CARRETERO Hector
65 DOWSETT Alex
66 ERVITI Imanol
67 SANTOS OLIVEIRA Nelson Filipe
68 SUTHERLAND Rory
ONE PRO CYCLING
71 DOMAGALSKI Karol
72 HOUSE Kristian
73 HUNT Joshua
74 MCCORMICK Hayden
75 STEWART Thomas
76 VON HOFF Steele
77 WILLIAMS Peter
78 WILLIAMS Samuel
DIMENSION DATA
81 CAVENDISH Mark
82 DOUGALL Nick
83 EISEL Bernhard
84 GIBBONS Ryan
85 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
86 RENSHAW Mark
87 THOMSON Jay Robert
88 THWAITES Scott
LOTTO NL-JUMBO
91 GROENEWEGEN Dylan
92 GROENDAHL JANSEN Amund
93 LEEZER Tom
94 LOBATO Juan Jose
95 ROOSEN Timo
96 TANKINK Bram
97 VAN HOECKE Gijs
98 WYNANTS Maarten
NOVO NORDISK
101 CLANCY Stephen
102 DE KEIJZER Gerd
103 HENTTALA Joonas
104 LOZANO RIBA David
105 PLANET Charles
106 POLI Umberto
107 VALOGNES Quentin
108 WILLIAMS Christopher
SKY
111 VIVIANI Elia
112 BOSWELL Ian
113 DIBBEN Jonathan
114 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
115 GOLAS Michal
116 KNEES Christian
117 MOSCON Gianni
TREK-SEGAFREDO
121 DEGENKOLB John
122 BEPPU Fumiyuki
123 BERNARD Julien
124 DE KORT Koen
125 GOGL Michael
126 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel
127 RAST Grégory
128 REIJNEN Kiel
UAE ABU DHABI
131 MIRZA Yousef
132 BONO Matteo
133 CONSONNI Simone
134 DURASEK Kristijan
135 FERRARI Roberto
136 MODOLO Sacha
137 MOHORIC Matej
138 POLANC Jan
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
141 ALMANSUORY Mohammed Yousef
142 ALBALUSHI Majid Mohammad
143 ALHAMMADI Badr Mohamed
145 ALMANSOORI Abdulla Ahmed
146 ALMANSOORI Jaber Hussain
148 ALMEMARI Nasser Saif
WILIER-SELLE ITALIA
151 MARECZKO Jakub
152 ANDRIATO Rafael
153 BERTAZZO Liam
154 BUSATO Matteo
155 CECCHIN Alberto
156 FONZI Giuseppe
157 MOSCA Jacopo
158 RODRÍGUEZ MARTIN Cristian