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Dubai Tour Stage 5 (Final) - incl. Video Highlights
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 2/10/2018
Dubai Tour Stage 5 (Final) - incl. Video Highlights
 
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February 9, 2018

Quickstep's Viviani seals the overall in Dubai

Elia Vivani sprinting prowess earned him the honour of the first Italian to win the Dubai Tour, taking the final city centre stage ahead of Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) and Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport)

Elia Vivaini Stage 5 Dubai 2018

Elia Viviani Stage 5 © Dubai Tour/Foto LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari

Elia Vivaini Dubai 2018

Elia Viviani Dubai Tour Winner © Dubai Tour/Foto LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari

The Dubai Tour winner Elia Viviani said in the press conference: 

“When I signed with Quick-Step, I made a big step up. Winning sprints is my job but with this team it's much easier. We've had a good start. Now we have to confirm in the biggest races, mainly in the classics and the Grand Tours. I'm surprised with my shape at this time of the year because I've not done any more training than usual in the off season. The main reason for these early season successes is the team and the planning process. I came straight from Australia to Dubai. I've been looked after very well before the race started here. Now I know why Dubai is such a famous tourist destination. The way I won Stage 2 against the world's best sprinters will remain in my memory. I'm also happy with how I defended the lead yesterday. In today's final sprint, the experience of track racing helped me tremendously.”

Elia Vivaini Dubai 2018

GC PodiumL-R: Sonny Cobrelli, Elia Viviani, Magnus Cort Nielsen © Dubai Tour/Foto LaPresse - Fabio Ferrari

The second placed rider on General Classification, Magnus Cort Neilsen and winner of the White Jersey for Best Young Rider said:

“I was hoping for a better stage result today but I'm happy to finish second in the Dubai Tour and winning the Best Young Rider competition. The crash in the last curve slowed me down a little bit but didn't affect my result. We tried to organize a lead-out with the full team but we didn't succeed. However, I'm more than happy with my week of racing in Dubai.”

Winner of the UAE Flag Jersey for the Intermediate Sprint Classification Quentin Valognes said:

“Every day we tried to break away to win the Intermediate Sprints. We're all happy with this jersey, also with our Italian rider Andrea Peron finishing ninth on the stage today. We have a mission to educate and inspire all people affected by the diabetes. When we perform on the bike, we help changing the life of diabetic people like us, so we're delighted today. Because I had points from my breakaway two days ago, I went for it again. I was the lucky guy of the team.”

JERSEYS

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) - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)

The White Jersey, sponsored by RTA - Roads and Transport Authority (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1993) - Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team)

The UAE Flag Jersey, sponsored by DHA - Dubai Health Authority (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Quentin Valognes (Team Novo Nordisk)

Stage 5 Video Hightlights (courtesy of Dubai Tour 2018)

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 5



 
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