Marcel Kittel wins Dubai Tour for the second year in a row

Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) took the overall victory in the Dubai Tour with a victory on the fifth stage.

The German won the opening two stages to claim the general classification lead and his only reverse came in stage three when he complained about being punched by Astana’s Andriy Grivko.

His title defence could have been blown off course on Friday, when a medium mountain finish was scheduled to conclude on Hatta Dam, but storms forced a cancellation of that stage.

In the final stage, the German outpaced Italian duo Elia Viviani and Riccardo Minali for his third stage win from four on the Tour.

“I’m super, super proud,” said Kittel. “I wanted to see how good I am this week and the team worked very well for me. We tried to control the race today, the chain of my lead out man fell off, so had to go for it and it worked out well.”

“When I came back to Dubai, I thought this is a nice race, it’s a goal for me, but I didn’t think it would go so well. The team did a really god job. It’s a very nice way to start the season”.

Dubai Tour 2017 – stage 5 results (Dubai-Dubai):

1Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors)


2Elia Viviani (Team Sky)


3Riccardo Minali (Astana)


4Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)


5John Degenkolb (Trek Segafredo)


6Sacha Modolo (UAE Abu Dhabi)


7Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC)


8Paolo Simion (Bardiani-CSF)


9Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)


10Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)


Final general classification:

1Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors)


2Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)


3John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)


4Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC)


5Elia Viviani (Team Sky)


6Thomas Stewart (ONE)


7Riccardo Minali (Astana)


8Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)


9Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)


10Alex Dowsett (Movistar)



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