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Kittel Wins Final Stage and Overall at the Dubai Tour

Defending champion Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) won the Dubai Tour on Saturday after out sprinting Elia Viviani to win the final stage and win the Dubai Tour overall

Kittel outsprinted Elia Viviani and Riccardo Minali for his third stage win. 

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) suffered a mechanical problem during the final dash for the line which relegated the British rider to only a fourth place finish.

Solid performances from Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) earned both riders spots on the final podium.

Yesterday's stage was cancelled due to high winds and sandstorms. The medium mountain stage was due to finish up at the top of Hatta Dam.

Kittel's scar was clearly visible after stage three's incident involving Astana rider Andrei Grivko, whereby Kittel was reportedly elbowed in the face, who was later disqualified from the race and released this official statement apologising for his behaviour in the dispute.

“I’m extremely proud of what I achieved today: my second Dubai Tour overall in a row, my 75th career victory,” Kittel said at the finish.

“When I came back to Dubai, I thought this is a nice race, it’s a goal for me, but I didn’t think it would go so well. The team did a really god job. It’s a very nice way to start the season. It was a short stage after the cancellation of stage 4 and we tried to control the race from the very beginning. The breakaway wasn’t too big so it went very well for us. At the end, it didn’t go exactly according to the plan because Fabio Sabatini’s chain fell off. He was supposed to be my last lead out man, so I had to go by myself but at the end I was well positioned, so I could do my sprint as I wanted to.”

2017 Dubai Tour Stage 5 Results Top 20

1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, in 2:34:12
2. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :00
3. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAMANA PRO TEAM, at :00
4. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
5. John DEGENKOLB, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :00
6. Sacha MODOLO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
7. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING, at :00
8. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI-CSF, at :00
9. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at :00
10. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :00
11. Truls KORSÆTH, ASTANA PRO TEAMANA PRO TEAM, at :00
12. Jan POLANC, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
13. Adam BLYTHE, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :00
14. Thomas STEWART, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :00
15. Floris GERFS, BMC RACING, at :03
16. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :03
17. Jakub MARECZKO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :03
18. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at :03
19. Matej MOHORIC, UAE ABU DHABI, at :03
20. Andrew FENN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :03

2017 Dubai Tour Overall General Classification Top 20

1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, in 15:08:56
2. Dylan GROENEWEGEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :18
3. John DEGENKOLB, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :20
4. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING, at :24
5. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM TEAM SKY, at :24
6. Thomas STEWART, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :24
7. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA PRO TEAMANA PRO TEAM, at :26
8. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at :26
9. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at :27
10. Alex DOWSETT, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :27
11. Jakub MARECZKO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :29
12. Floris GERFS, BMC RACING, at :29
13. Yousef MIRZA BANIHAMMAD, UAE ABU DHABI, at :29
14. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI-CSF, at :29
15. Sacha MODOLO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :30
16. Adam BLYTHE, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :30
17. Paolo SIMION, BARDIANI-CSF, at :30
18. Jan POLANC, UAE ABU DHABI, at :30
19. Truls KORSÆTH, ASTANA PRO TEAMANA PRO TEAM, at :30
20. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAMANA PRO TEAM, at :32

VIDEO: 2017 Dubai Tour Stage 5 HIGHLIGHTS

 
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