Viviani wins stage 2 of the Dubai Tour

Elia Viviani added to a very successful day for team Sky with victory on a crash-effected second stage of the Dubai Tour. Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) claimed second with Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) rounding out the podium. Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) were put out of contention after a crash in the final kilometre leaving it to a small group to duke it out.

Viviani looked untouchable in the reduced bunch sprint after a strong leadout from Ben Swift. It the Italian’s first victory of the season after being beaten by the smallest of margins on the final stage of the Tour de San Luis, by his own leadout man Jakub Mareczko. That defeat had elicited an unusually strong reaction from Viviani, who refused to attend the podium ceremony

Dubai Tour 2016 – stage 2 results (Dubai – Palm Jumeirah):

1 Elia Viviani (Sky) 4:07:39
2 Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida)  
3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)  
4 Andrea Guardini (Astana)  
5 Tomas Vaitkus (Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team – Dubai)  
6 Ben Swift (Sky)  
7 Michal Kolar (Tinkoff)  
8 Grzegorz Stepniak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)  
9 Chris Opie (ONE Pro Cycling)  
10 Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)