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Van Poppel wins stage 1 of Valenciana; Clancy, Chapman triumph: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 1, 2018

Van Poppel wins stage 1 of Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Fast and fastidious: How Ed Clancy turned track nous into Sun Tour success; Women’s Herald Sun TT victory for Van Vleuten, but Chapman holds onto tour; Sarreau sprints to victory on stage 1 of the Étoile de Bessèges; Ferrand-Prévot looks forward to exciting and unpredictable world cyclocross championships; Race winner, national champion and 10 others positive at Vuelta a Costa Rica; Major sprint duels anticipated at Dubai Tour; Video: Groupama-FDJ’s new jersey; Video: Priest on folding bike dazzles descending riders

Major sprint duels anticipated at Dubai Tour

by Shane Stokes

Most of the sport’s fastest sprinters will go head to head in next week’s Dubai Tour, with the start list confirmed as featuring some of the biggest names in cycling.

Previous race winners and multiple Tour de France stage victors Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) and Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) will be perhaps the most feared, but other fastmen such as Champs Elysees stage winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), European road champion Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Elia Viviani (QuickStep Floors) are fast enough to chase success.

Ditto for John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), who won twice at the Challenge Mallorca last week.

All rounders such as former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team) are also riding, and will try to make use of more selective terrain.

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