Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) accelerated in the last 200 meters to win Stage 1 of the fifth edition of the Dubai Tour in a tight bunch sprint against Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team). The Dutchman collected three distinctive jerseys that have the same colours as his country’s national flag: blue, red and white.
The stage winner and first race leader Dylan Groenewegen said in the press conference: “It was really hard to win. There was a crash and we moved at the right time. Amund Grondahl Jansen and Timo Roosen were my lead out men: they delivered me with perfect timing. It was close with Magnus Cort Nielsen but I beat him. It feels great because the best sprinters are here. Last year I got my first win in Yorkshire at the end of April. It brings a completely different feeling to win my very first race of the year. The last stage of the Tour de France remains my biggest win but it’s cool that I can beat the best.”
After the finish, UAE Flag Jersey leader, Daniel Teklehaimanot, said: “It was a big announcement last week that I have a new team. I’m lucky that Cofidis gave me the opportunity to race so quickly at the Dubai Tour so I was very motivated for breaking away as early as today on Stage 1. It was hard to make the right move. I’m glad I did. I wanted to thank my new teammates with the jersey of the intermediate sprints. It’s a big boost for my morale.”
1 – Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) 167km in 3h51’35”, average speed 43.267km/h
2 – Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
3 – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
1 – Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo)
2 – Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team) at 4″
3 – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) at 6″
Stage 2 – Ras Al Khaimah Stage (190km)
From Skydive Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah
Sign-on procedures: 09.10-10.25
Start – KM0: 10.45 (transfer 7,300m)
Finish: Approx. 15.05
Race Headquarters: Skydive Dubai, Al Seyahi Street, Dubai Marina, UAE
The second stage connects Dubai with the northernmost Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, running through the Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. It leaves Dubai on fast, wide roads towards the desert, with a brief detour into the Dubai Design District. The route then runs along Sharjah and Ajman on long straights roads before crossing Umm Al Quwain, where the race goes through a long city section (series of roundabouts) before heading towards Ras Al Khaimah. The finish line is in the Emirate’s capital.
The last kilometres of the race are on wide roads with well-paved asphalt. The home stretch is 300m long and 7.5m wide.