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Defending champ Kittel wins Tour of Dubai

Defending champion Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) won the Dubai Tour after clinching the final stage on Saturday.

DUBAI (AFP) – Defending champion Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) won the Dubai Tour on Saturday after clinching the final stage by emerging triumphant from a bunch sprint at the foot of the world’s tallest building.

Still showing the remnants of ejected Astana rider Andrei Grivko’s punch, Kittel outpaced Italian duo Elia Viviani and Riccardo Minali for his third stage win from four on the Tour after a 124km run through Dubai finishing at the foot of the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa.

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Friday’s medium mountain stage could have derailed Kittel’s defence of a Tour also won in 2016, but due to violent winds the stage was cancelled.

“I’m very happy with the last sprint of the Dubai Tour,” said Kittel. “Finishing the race like this makes me proud of how strong our team is. It was a difficult finale today because there weren’t many corners: it was all about positioning. I’m delighted to get the GC as well.

“There aren’t many races in which as a sprinter I have the opportunity to win an overall classification,” he added. “I’ll keep this race in my memories, for all the ups and downs. It’s been a positive race for me, the team and cycling in many aspects.”

The victory also marked the 28-year-old German sprinter’s third stage win of the race.

“I take confidence out of this race,” said Kittel. “The season is long, and there will be many moments when everything starts again from zero.”

Stage 5 results

  • 1. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, in 2:34:12
  • 2. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 3. Riccardo MINALI, ASTANA 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 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
  • 21. Yousef MIRZA BANIHAMMAD, UAE ABU DHABI, at :03
  • 22. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at :03
  • 23. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :03
  • 24. Marco MARONESE, BARDIANI-CSF, at :03
  • 25. Matthew BRAMMEIER, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :06
  • 26. Daniele BENNATI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :06
  • 27. Badr Mohamed Ahmed MOHAMED ALHAMMADI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at :06
  • 28. Karol DOMAGALSKI, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :06
  • 29. Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI-CSF, at :06
  • 30. Hayden MCCORMICK, ONE PRO CYCLING at :06
  • 31. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI-CSF, at :06
  • 32. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :06
  • 33. Koen DE KORT, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :06
  • 34. Quentin VALOGNES, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :06
  • 35. Steele VON HOFF, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :06
  • 36. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :06
  • 37. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING, at :06
  • 38. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING, at :06
  • 39. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :06
  • 40. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING, at :06
  • 41. Joshua HUNT, ONE PRO CYCLING at :06
  • 42. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :06
  • 43. Peter WILLIAMS, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :06
  • 44. Simone VELASCO, BARDIANI-CSF, at :06
  • 45. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :06
  • 46. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :06
  • 47. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :06
  • 48. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :06
  • 49. Samuel WILLIAMS, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :06
  • 50. Stefan DENIFL, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :06
  • 51. Yousef ALMANSOORI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at :06
  • 52. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :06
  • 53. Héctor CARRETERO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :06
  • 54. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :06
  • 55. Nasser ALMEMARI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at :06
  • 56. Winner ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :06
  • 57. Jaber ALMANSOORI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at :06
  • 58. Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :06
  • 59. Ivan GARCIA CORTINA, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at :06
  • 60. Amund Grondahl JANSEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :14
  • 61. Daniel PEARSON, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :14
  • 62. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING, at :14
  • 63. Ryan GIBBONS, DIMENSION DATA, at :14
  • 64. Umberto POLI, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :14
  • 65. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :14
  • 66. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING, at :14
  • 67. Zhandos BIZHIGITOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :14
  • 68. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at :14
  • 69. Gijs VAN HOECKE, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :14
  • 70. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at :14
  • 71. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :17
  • 72. Timo ROOSEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :17
  • 73. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :19
  • 74. Mark CHRISTIAN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :21
  • 75. Christian KNEES, TEAM SKY, at :29
  • 76. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at :29
  • 77. Alessandro TONELLI, BARDIANI-CSF, at :29
  • 78. Gregory RASTANA PRO TEAMANA PRO TEAM, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :31
  • 79. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :31
  • 80. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING, at :36
  • 81. Majid ALBALUSHI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at :38
  • 82. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :38
  • 83. Liam BERTAZZO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :38
  • 84. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :41
  • 85. Thomas LEEZER, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :41
  • 86. Ahmed ALMANSORY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at :41
  • 87. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :46
  • 88. Scott THWAITES, DIMENSION DATA, at :46
  • 89. Julien VERMOTE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :47
  • 90. Roberto FERRARI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :50
  • 91. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :53
  • 92. Michal GOLAS, TEAM SKY, at :53
  • 93. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI-CSF, at :53
  • 94. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at :53
  • 95. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 1:04
  • 96. Gerd DE KEIJZER, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 1:07
  • 97. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:07
  • 98. Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 1:07
  • 99. Grega BOLE, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 1:22
  • 100. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:27
  • 101. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM SKY, at 1:41
  • 102. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:41
  • 103. Matteo BUSATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 1:41
  • 104. Bernhard EISEL, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:41
  • 105. Maarten WYNANTS, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:48
  • 106. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:04
  • 107. Julien BERNARD, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 2:04
  • 108. Michael GOGL, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 2:07
  • 109. Bram TANKINK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 2:07
  • 110. Alberto CECCHIN, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 2:09
  • 111. Rafael ANDRIATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 2:09
  • 112. Christopher WILLIAMS, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 2:16
  • 113. Borut BOZIC, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 2:46
  • 114. Saif Mayoof AL KAABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 3:08
  • 115. David PER, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 3:08
  • 116. Luka PIBERNIK, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 3:08
  • 117. Giuseppe FONZI, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 3:08
  • 118. Mohammed AL MURAWWI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 3:08
  • 119. Nick DOUGALL, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:08
  • 120. Kristian HOUSE, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 3:08
  • 121. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at 3:47
  • 122. Jacopo MOSCA, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 3:47

General classification

  • 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 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 TEAM, at :30
  • 20. Dmitriy GRUZDEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :32
  • 21. Loïc VLIEGEN, BMC RACING, at :32
  • 22. Silvan DILLIER, BMC RACING, at :32
  • 23. Andrew FENN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :33
  • 24. Matej MOHORIC, UAE ABU DHABI, at :33
  • 25. Carlos BARBERO CUESTA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :33
  • 26. Marco MARONESE, BARDIANI-CSF, at :33
  • 27. Peter WILLIAMS, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :35
  • 28. Steele VON HOFF, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :36
  • 29. Daniele BENNATI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
  • 30. Koen DE KORT, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :36
  • 31. Quentin VALOGNES, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :36
  • 32. Joseph ROSSKOPF, BMC RACING, at :36
  • 33. Karol DOMAGALSKI, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :36
  • 34. Hayden MCCORMICK, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :36
  • 35. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :36
  • 36. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :36
  • 37. Nelson OLIVEIRA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
  • 38. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :36
  • 39. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI-CSF, at :36
  • 40. Joshua HUNT, ONE PRO CYCLING, at :36
  • 41. Simone VELASCO, BARDIANI-CSF, at :36
  • 42. Imanol ERVITI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
  • 43. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :36
  • 44. Cristian RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, WILIER TRIESTINA, at :36
  • 45. Stefan DENIFL, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :36
  • 46. Daniel PEARSON, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at :44
  • 47. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING, at :44
  • 48. Dylan TEUNS, BMC RACING, at :44
  • 49. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :47
  • 50. Simone CONSONNI, UAE ABU DHABI, at :49
  • 51. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :49
  • 52. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at :50
  • 53. Winner ANDREW ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :53
  • 54. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :57
  • 55. Christian KNEES, TEAM TEAM SKY, at :59
  • 56. Enrico GASPAROTTO, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at :59
  • 57. Zhandos BIZHIGITOV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:01
  • 58. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE ABU DHABI, at 1:01
  • 59. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:08
  • 60. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:11
  • 61. Thomas LEEZER, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:11
  • 62. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 1:11
  • 63. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM TEAM SKY, at 1:23
  • 64. Fumiyuki BEPPU, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 1:24
  • 65. Amund Grondahl JANSEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:25
  • 66. Rory SUTHERLAND, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 1:33
  • 67. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI-CSF, at 1:43
  • 68. Mark CHRISTIAN, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 1:44
  • 69. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING, at 2:01
  • 70. Gregory RASTANA PRO TEAMANA PRO TEAM, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 2:01
  • 71. Michal GOLAS, TEAM TEAM SKY, at 2:04
  • 72. Grega BOLE, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 2:05
  • 73. Roberto FERRARI, UAE ABU DHABI, at 2:06
  • 74. Timo ROOSEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 2:06
  • 75. Matthew BRAMMEIER, AQUA BLUE SPORT, at 2:07
  • 76. Gianni MOSCON, TEAM TEAM SKY, at 2:11
  • 77. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 2:34
  • 78. Julian ALAPHILIPPE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:34
  • 79. Jaber ALMANSOORI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 2:36
  • 80. Rafael ANDRIATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 2:39
  • 81. Alessandro TONELLI, BARDIANI-CSF, at 2:50
  • 82. Maarten WYNANTS, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 3:27
  • 83. Ryan GIBBONS, DIMENSION DATA, at 3:34
  • 84. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 3:37
  • 85. Sonny COLBRELLI, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 3:42
  • 86. Umberto POLI, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 3:45
  • 87. Majid ALBALUSHI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 3:46
  • 88. Ivan GARCIA CORTINA, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 3:48
  • 89. Bob JUNGELS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 3:59
  • 90. Scott THWAITES, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:04
  • 91. Julien VERMOTE, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 4:10
  • 92. Yousef ALMANSOORI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 4:23
  • 93. Samuel WILLIAMS, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 4:26
  • 94. Giuseppe FONZI, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 4:33
  • 95. David PER, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 4:57
  • 96. Bram TANKINK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 4:58
  • 97. Héctor CARRETERO, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 5:07
  • 98. Gijs VAN HOECKE, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 5:20
  • 99. Liam BERTAZZO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 5:35
  • 100. Christopher WILLIAMS, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 5:41
  • 101. Davide MARTINELLI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 5:58
  • 102. Gerd DE KEIJZER, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 6:05
  • 103. Chun Kai FENG, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 6:06
  • 104. Luka PIBERNIK, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 6:24
  • 105. Matteo BONO, UAE ABU DHABI, at 6:29
  • 106. Matteo BUSATO, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 6:43
  • 107. Jacopo MOSCA, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 6:52
  • 108. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 7:31
  • 109. Alberto CECCHIN, WILIER TRIESTINA, at 7:40
  • 110. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM TEAM SKY, at 7:57
  • 111. Julien BERNARD, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 7:59
  • 112. Bernhard EISEL, DIMENSION DATA, at 8:41
  • 113. Badr Mohamed Ahmed MOHAMED ALHAMMADI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 8:46
  • 114. Nasser ALMEMARI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 9:25
  • 115. Michael GOGL, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 9:41
  • 116. Ahmed ALMANSORY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 9:51
  • 117. Borut BOZIC, BAHRAIN MERIDA, at 10:08
  • 118. Kristian HOUSE, ONE PRO CYCLING, at 10:20
  • 119. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM TEAM SKY, at 12:19
  • 120. Saif Mayoof AL KAABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 13:11
  • 121. Mohammed AL MURAWWI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, at 14:09
  • 122. Nick DOUGALL, DIMENSION DATA, at 14:33