February 8, 2018
Viviani earns himself a birthday present with stage win
Quickstep-Floors celebrated his 29th birthday in style with the stege win at the Tour Duba. The Italian took a chaotic sprint ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) and Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team).
The stage winner Elia Viviani said in the press conference: “This is the best cycling birthday present I've ever had. My motivation came also from losing yesterday which increased my desire. I can enjoy the lead out I get at Quick-Step. I felt sorry for my teammates yesterday because the loss was my fault. I made a wrong choice. I feel that I'm in the best three years of my career. I'm not a phenomenon. I have to work to challenge the best sprinters. I have no excuse anymore.
“The feeling with the team is super. Nine times out of ten they deliver me in perfect position. Before, I had to jump from wheel to wheel. It's the best start of a season I've ever had although I'm two kilograms overweight compared to my best form. I still have some work to do before the big classics, including Milano-Sanremo but I feel great.”
Groenewegen mainains his slot at the top of the General Classification after a later urge that took close to the Italian.
Groenewegen said: “I'm a little bit disappointed because of a mechanical that made me lose my train. But everything remains possible for me in the Dubai Tour. I'll try to win GC.”
Stage 2 Video Hightlights (courtesy of Dubai Tour 2018)
Race Results - Stage 2