In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Rowe solos to stage 2 Sun Tour win, Howson retains yellow despite late puncture; Magnus Cort Nielsen wins sprint finish at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Calmejane wins Etoile de Bessèges stage, takes over lead; Two sides to every story: Grivko shares account of Dubai skirmish with Kittel that led to expulsion; Organisers shorten then cancel Dubai Tour stage over high winds; Brailsford responds to Cooke’s allegations; Cholet Pays de Loire race cancelled for 2017; Citing lack of team participation, Tour of Turkey seeks to postpone to fall; Is cycling globalisation spreading teams too thin?; Van der Poel eyeing mountain bike races again for 2017; Rossignol acquires Felt Bicycles; Die-in demonstration planned for British Treasury; Routes announced for 2018 Commonwealth Games road events; Backstage Pass: Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stages 1-3.
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The fourth stage of the Dubai Tour was cancelled today after high winds and a sand storm posed an extreme weather threat, drawing praise from many top riders for valuing safety and caution.
— Team Novo Nordisk (@teamnovonordisk) February 3, 2017
“Based on the poor current weather conditions in Hatta, and the forecast for further deterioration later, the Race Management, in agreement with the Commissaires Panel, have applied the UCI’s Extreme Weather Protocol and have cancelled today’s Stage 4 of the Dubai Tour,” a statement said.
Organisers and the race jury initially proposed shortening the stage after top riders discussed the conditions on the start line. However, the ultimate decision to cancel the stage came soon after. Thursday’s third stage saw high winds blowing drifting sand across the roadway, but the possibility of a sand storm out in the middle of the desert was too much to ignore.
John Degenkolb proposed altering the stage to be a short time trial, however Mauro Vegni of organiser RCS Sport said UCI rules do not permit that.
“It’s not possible to have a radically different stage because it alters the nature of the race. A time trial would penalise the teams who came here with a team selected for the sprints. It just wouldn’t be fair for everyone,” Vengi told Cycling Weekly.
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) February 3, 2017