Dubai Tour 2016 : Elia Viviani doubles up one year later in front of the sea

Dubai Tour 2016 : Elia Viviani doubles up one year later in front of the sea

04.02.2016: With his victory in Palm Jumeirah (Atlantis), the Italian is the Dubai Tour's new race leader

With his victory in Palm Jumeirah (Atlantis), the Italian is the Dubai Tour's new race leader

One year after winning Stage 2 of the Dubai Tour at Palm Jumeirah in front of the magnificent Atlantis hotel, Italian sprinter Elia Viviani of Team Sky repeated his victory as he edged out his compatriots Sacha Modolo (Lampre - Merida), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek - Segafredo) and Andrea Guardini (Astana Pro Team).

He also succeeded Marcel Kittel (Etixx - Quick Step) in the lead of the overall classification on the eve of the queen stage to Hatta Dam.

Four riders contested most of the race at the front: Francisco Manchebo (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club), Koen de Kort (Team Giant - Alpecin), Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team) and Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling). The latter won all intermediate sprints to claim the dedicated UAE flag jersey.

Manchebo forged on with 16km to go as the peloton was right behind him. He knew he’d get caught, especially because the breakaway was always kept under control with a gap of less than two minutes. The Spanish veteran was reeled in with 12km to go. British teams One Pro Cycling and Team Wiggins were the most active at the head of the peloton in the last 10km.

Sir Bradley Wiggins himself sped up from 3 to 2km to go to stretch the bunch. A crash occurred at the exit of a tunnel 1km before the line but with minor consequences. Perfectly led out by Team Sky and ultimately Ben Swift at the end, Viviani took his first victory of the year on the same waterfront that looks like a springboard for another successful season.



1 - Elia Viviani (TEAM SKY) 183km in 4h07’39”, average speed 44.336km/h

2 - Sacha Modolo (LAMPRE - MERIDA) s.t.

3 - Giacomo Nizzolo (TREK - SEGAFREDO) s.t.


•    The Blue Jersey, sponsored by Commercial Bank of Dubai (General individual classification by time) - Elia Viviani (Team Sky)

•    The Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates (General individual classification by points) - Elia Viviani (Team Sky)

•    The White Jersey, sponsored by RTA - Roads and Transport Authority (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1991) - Soufiane Haddi (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club)

•    The UAE Flag Jersey, sponsored by DHA - Dubai Health Authority (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling)



1 - Elia Viviani (Team Sky)
2 - Marcel Kittel (Etixx - Quick Step) s.t.
3 - Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek - Segafredo) at 2"


Stage 3 – The Westin Stage (172km)
Sign-on procedures: 9.40-10.55am
Alignment: 11.05am
Start - KM 0: 11.15am (transfer 6,100m)
Finish: Approx. 3.15pm
Race Headquarters: DIMC - Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi, Al Sofouh Road, Al Seyahi Street, Dubai, U.A.E.


It’s the hardest stage of Dubai tour, 172km on a course which replicates almost entirely the inaugural edition stage, with the addition of the harder final climb of Hatta Dam, as experienced in 2015. It’s characterized by long stretches in the desert crossing the two neighbouring Emirates of Sharjah and Ras-al-Khaimah.

 Once it has left the last buildings in Dubai, the stage will touch Labab, Al Madam and Al Malahia on the road to Hatta where, before facing the finale, riders will face two climbs, the second with peaks of 11% and a fast and challenging downhill.

The final section then includes climbs before the riders reach the Hatta Dam.

Last kilometres

The final 3km of continuous ascent include some sharp bends leading to the final climb towards the Dam: a short, sharp rise of about 200m, with gradients ranging from 12% to 17%. The home stretch is 150m long, on a 5m-wide asphalted roadway.


Press conference declarations by the stage winner and new race leader Elia Viviani (Team Sky): "A perfect lead out means there’s only one sprint to do and that’s for the victory. Yesterday I had to sprint twice only to reposition myself and I finished eighth.

Today I got what I needed for winning. Tomorrow it’ll be a decisive stage for the Dubai Tour. Last year we didn’t see the route before the stage and I got dropped with 10km to go. I have a better condition nowadays after having raced the Tour of San Luis. We’ll try to overcome the short climb at the finish and I’ll have another chance to win the overall on Sunday."

Best young rider Soufiane Haddi: "I’m happy to keep the white jersey. I also wanted to break away again to defend the lead in the intermediate sprints competition but my friend [Francisco Mancebo] went so I stayed in the peloton.

It was good to have our team represented at the front again. I haven’t said my last word. Tomorrow I’ll try to regain the lead for the intermediate sprints."

Intermediate sprints leader Marcin Bialoblocki: "I might have little experience at this level of racing but we have prepared very well for our first season as a Pro Continental team. I’m in good shape so I had no problem with the speed.

I was also fast enough to win the intermediate sprints. I’m happy with my ride."

Manolo Bertocchi, photo ANSA - PERI /Dal Zennaro


04.02.2016 / MaP

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