Dubai Tour 2018 | Stage 5 Race Report

Published on February 10th 2018


We were set for an intriguing final day at the Dubai Tour, with several classifications still up for grabs. Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! Positioning into the final right hand bend with 400m to go would be crucial. Nacer Bouhanni was there but lost grip on the front wheel, holding up Colbrelli, Cavendish Groenewegen and Degenkolb. Those who had been right at the front now had a gap. It looked like Katusha-Alpecin with Marco Haller and Rick Zabel might have profited, but the headwind finish and a heroic pull from Quickstep’s Fabio Sabatini allowed Elia Viviani to bridge the gap and start his sprint late to steal his 2nd win of the Dubai Tour and clinch the overall classification. It’s clear the Italian is thriving with the support of his new team, he’ll no doubt be delighted with his form this week against some of the best sprinters in the world. Haller hung on for 2nd on the day, with Adam Blythe sticking to Viviani’s wheel and grabbing 3rd. Your final overall classification looks like this - Magnus Cort Nielsen could only manage 8th on the final stage and finishes 2nd by 12 seconds in the end, but he does pick up the consolation prize of being the best young rider this week. As expected, Viviani also takes home the red points jersey, Quentin Valognes caps a great week for him and his team Novo Nordisk by clinching the intermediate sprints jersey, and BMC, who placed 4 riders inside the final top 10, deservedly win the teams classification. If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /