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by Caley Fretz
February 8, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Laurens De Plus blogs about getting hit by a truck in South Africa; UCI President David Lappartient is open to lifetime bans for motor use; Trek-Segafredo’s diver-inspired breathing techniques; Birthday boy Elia Viviani takes Dubai Tour’s second stage; CyclingTips Podcast: A two-year bike review and distracted riding rants; an in-depth review of Cannondale’s newest Synapse Hi-MOD; Trek adds new paint options to Project One custom program; Jesse Anthony breaks humerus in Dubai crash; Video: Aqua Blue introduces the new boys; Video: Larry Warbasse’s unique 3T race bike; Video: Skids and skills on a cyclocross bike
Elia Viviani said before the second stage of the Dubai Tour would a victory would be a perfect birthday present to himself, and he duly delivered on that gift on Wednesday. The Italian Olympic omnium champion blasted down the long finishing straight in Rás Al Khaimah ahead of stage one winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team).
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) were fourth and fifth, while Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) again missed out, placing outside the top ten. Viviani had looked very fast on Tuesday’s opening stage, but was hemmed in against the barriers by Groenewegen then and had to back off.
“I was very motivated after yesterday’s disappointment,” he said. “In Palm Jumeirah I felt that I lost a chance and was very frustrated. Also because my teammates put in a huge amount of work and I let them down.
“I’m a pro since 2010 and people know that a defeat motivates me more than a victory, and this was the case also today. The feeling with the guys is incredible, it’s very special to be part of this team and I’m happy to get the victory here, which makes my birthday even more beautiful.”
The flat state extended 190 kilometres from Dubai and passed by long stretches of desert. Six riders got clear, namely stage one breakaway duo Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Racing) and Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk), plus Yousif Mirza (UAE Team Emirates), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Fuwen Xue (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) and Mohamed Al Mansouri (United Arab Emirates). Their maximum lead approached seven minutes but they were hauled back inside ten to go. Viviani bided his time and then swooped, giving himself extra reason to celebrate a special day.