Dubai, 10 February 2018 – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) has won the fifth edition of the Dubai Tour, crossing the finish line first in the Dubai City Walk in a bunch sprint, after 132km of racing. On the podium he received the Circle of Stars, the winner’s trophy, from H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Second classified was the Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team), with Italian Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) third placed on General Classification.
1 – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
2 – Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team) at 12”
3 – Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) at 14″
The Blue Jersey, sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai (General individual classification by time) – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
The Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates (General individual classification by points) – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
The White Jersey, sponsored by RTA – Roads and Transport Authority (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1993) – Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana Pro Team)
The UAE Flag Jersey, sponsored by DHA – Dubai Health Authority (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Quentin Valognes (Team Novo Nordisk)
1 – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) 132km in 3h05’28”, average speed 42.703km/h
2 – Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) s.t.
3 – Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) s.t.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner of the Dubai Tour, Elia Viviani said: “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. 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.”