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Dubai Tour Stage 2 - incl. Video Highlights
By Mark Sharon
Date: 2/7/2018
Dubai Tour Stage 2 - incl. Video Highlights
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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).

Viviani triumphs on Stage 2 Dubai Tour

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)

2018 Dubai Tour - Stage 2 Video (English commentary)

Overall Route Map Dubai Tour

6/2 Stage 1 - Skydive Dubai Palm Jumeirah (167k)
7/2 Stage 2 - Skydive Dubai Ras al Khaimah (190k)
8/2 Stage 3 - Skydive Dubai Fujairah (183k)
9/2 Stage 4 - Skydive Dubai Hatta Dam (172k)
10/2 Stage 5 - Skydive Dubai City Walk (129k)

Race Results - Stage 2

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