| TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Feb 10, 2018, 18:13 IST

Highlights

  1. Viviani needed at least a second place finish with good timing
  2. Marco Haller and Adam Blythe secured second and third position respectively
  3. This is Elia Viviani’s third stage win of the season
Elia Viviani. (TOI Photo)Elia Viviani. (TOI Photo)
DUBAI: Elia Viviani of Quick Step Floors bagged his second stage win and emerged as the winner of the 2018 Dubai Tour. With about 50 meters to go for the finish line, Viviani made the most of a crash right when the peloton, moving at over 80 kmph, took a sharp turn and stranded the likes of Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel.

Holding a two seconds advantage to be placed atop the overall classification, Viviani, gold medallist at the Rio Olympics, needed at least a second place finish with good timing but went one better to cross the line before Marco Haller and Adam Blythe, who secured the second and third positions.

“It’s amazing. This morning I was very stressed but I tried to look relaxed. Two seconds lead meant all or nothing. But we rode well as a team,” Viviani said after the win.
“The ideal situation for us was a breakaway without anyone involved in the top of the overall ranking. I had six teammates leading me out in the last corner. We missed the crash by very little. [Fabio] Sabatini closed the gap on the four guys ahead after the crash. With 50 meters to go I understood I could win the stage. With the headwind, it would have been dangerous to launch from too far out.
“To win GC here is an important step up. I want to be one of the best sprinters in the world. This is a good start towards this goal with the great team I have now.”
Having conquered Stage 7 of the Tour Down Under and the opening stage of the Dubai Tour on Tuesday, this is Viviani’s third stage win of the season.

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