Marcel Kittel wins stage and overall classification at Dubai Tour
Feb 04 2017 09:42 pm CET

Marcel Kittel wins stage and overall classification at Dubai Tour

Marcel Kittel of Quick-Step Floors has won the Dubai Tour for the second year in a row. The German took his third stage victory to confirm the overall win.

At just 124 kilometers, the last stage was also the shortest and promised to be highly explosive due to its limited length.

A chase group of four with Matteo Bono (UAE Abu Dhabi), Ivan Cortina (Bahrain-Merida), Floris Gerts (BMC) and Dmitry Gruzdev (Astana) was given some space by the peloton but was eventually caught with about ten kilometers to go.

Quick-Step's lead-out was everything but perfect as Kittel's lieutenant Fabio Sabatini suffered a chain issue leaving his teammate on his own earlier than planned. Kittel reacted well however and won the sprint ahead of Italian Elia Viviani of Team Sky and Astana's Riccardo Minali.

"Today was a short and fast stage. We tried to control it from the very beginning and we did as planned thanks to a superb team effort, so hats off to the guys for their work," Kittel said.

"In the final kilometer, Fabio's chain fell off, but fortunately I was well-positioned in the pack and notched up the victory to cap off a fantastic week for us, in a race which we enjoyed a lot."

Kittel had already begun the day in the leader's jersey after winning two of the three previous stages (stage 4 was cancelled due to whether circumstances), and secured the overall victory as Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL-Jumbo was kept at a safe 18 seconds.

Kittel is the first rider to win the race, which was first held in 2014, twice.


Dubai Tour (2.HC)
Stage 5 Dubai - Dubai (2017-02-04)
Pos. Name Team Country Time
1.Marcel KITTELQST 2:34:12
3.Riccardo MINALIAST +0
6.Sacha MODOLOUAD +0
7.Jean-Pierre DRUCKERBMC +0
8.Paolo SIMIONBRD +0

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Photo of Marcel Kittel (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media


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