In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Viviani wins stage 2 of the Dubai Tour, takes overall lead; Van Dijk claims stage 3 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar; Kennaugh and Froome take Sky one-two at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Dan Martin claims first win in Etixx-QuickStep colours; The map-makers – Designing the Tour de France route; Launching into the sky – exclusive interview with Fabio Aru; Koen de Kort’s way of deciding whether to get in a breakaway; Driver reverses at a group of cyclists; Highlights from stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar; What you might have missed.
Viviani wins stage 2 of the Dubai Tour, takes overall lead
by Matt de Neef
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Elia Viviani (Sky) has won a crash-marred second stage of the Dubai Tour, taking the overall lead in the process. Viviani’s fellow Italians Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) were second and third respectively.
“Yesterday I opened my sprint too early and was left alone with no teammate with 1km to go,” Viviani said. “I’m less fast than sprinters like Kittel and Cavendish, so to have a chance to beat them, I need everything to be perfect.”
Stage 2 of the four-stage race featured a breakaway of four riders who got clear early in the 183km effort. But with the big sprinters keen for another dash to the line, the break was caught in the closing kilometres.
A crash at the end of an underwater tunnel inside the final kilometre appeared to scupper the chances of stage 1 winner Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) and runner-up Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).
“When we came out of the tunnel, a guy from skydive Dubai, I don’t know his name, he turned right and, bam. I had to brake, and it was an uphill,” Cavendish said. “It’s just sketchy. Too many risks being taken. A lot of teams… too many risks.”
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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and was shot at the Dubai Tour.