Elia Viviani bested compatriots Sacha Modolo and Giacomo Nizzolo to take the Dubai Tour's second stage
The Sky rider was able to avoid a crash in the final kilometer that seemed to hold up his sprint rivals.
Wearing his new Etixx – Quick-Step colors, Marcel Kittel sprinted to his first victory of 2016 in Dubai.
Marcel Kittel endured a difficult 2015 season, but he began 2016 on a high note Wednesday by winning the Dubai Tour opener.
The German edges last year's overall winner in a bunch sprint.
Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel will face off for the first time in more a year starting Wednesday at the Dubai Tour.
Stage 3 will feature the steep Hatta Dam climb, where John Degenkolb won in 2015, and the final day will be for the sprinters.
The Dubai Tour reveals details of its first two stages, which will favor sprinters, as they usually do.
Bradley Wiggins will be among those lining up for the third Dubai Tour, which on Sunday announced a 2016 lineup featuring 10 WorldTour teams
With ample oil money and a hunger to host prestigious sports events, countries like Qatar and UAE are becoming a big part of pro cycling.