John Degenkolb wins stage 3 at Dubai Tour
Feb 02 2017 03:54 pm CET

John Degenkolb wins stage 3 at Dubai Tour

John Degenkolb has earned his first win for Trek-Segafredo. The German defeated Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg of Dimension Data and Bahrain-Merida's Sonny Colbrelli.

While the finishes of the first two stages had strikingly similar results, this wasn't the case for stage three from Dubai to Al Aqah. Quick-Step Floors' Marcel Kittel didn't even participate in the sprint after being hit in the face by Astana's Andrei Grivko.

The Ukrainian was taken out of the race by the jury and Astana openly apologized for its rider's behaviour, but Kittel said that he would not accept the apologies and believes that the incident should lead to a six-month ban.

The stage started according to a more usual scenario. Mark Christian of Aqua Blue sport formed part of the breakaway for the second consecutive day and was now accompanied by Alex Dowsett (Movistar), Luka Pibernik (Bahrain-Merida) and Loic Vliegen (BMC).

The four created a gap of more than five minutes but were later caught by the peloton.

The wind had a significant effect and even caused the peloton to split while at the same time causing visual problems as result of the blown up sand.

At the finish, Degenkolb had the better legs after having finished fourth in the previous two stages. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), who came in second on the first two days, now had to settle for eighth place.

In the general classification, Kittel remains in the lead ahead of Groenewegen and Degenkolb.

Stage four of the Dubai Tour, to take place on Saturday, will be the only significant chance for non-sprinters to shine. The route leads the riders from Dubai to Hatta Dam over a distance of 172 kilometers.

Result

Dubai Tour (2.HC)
Stage 3 Dubai - Al Aqah (2017-02-02)
Pos. Name Team Country Time
1.John DEGENKOLBTFS 4:03:08
2.Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURGDDD +0
3.Sonny COLBRELLITBM +0
4.Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLETLJ +0
5.Riccardo MINALIAST +0
6.Jean-Pierre DRUCKERBMC +0
7.Elia VIVIANISKY +0
8.Dylan GROENEWEGENTLJ +0
9.Adam BLYTHEABS +0
10.Daniele BENNATIMOV +0

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Photo of John Degenkolb by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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