Race: Dubai Tour, Stage 3
Start/Finish: Dubai/Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Distance: 180 kilometers
Fujairah, UAE —For the third consecutive day, Team Novo Nordisk put a rider in the day’s main breakaway a the Dubai Tour. For Stage 3, it was neo-pro Quentin Valognes’s turn to ride off the front.
When Loic Vliegen (BMC Racing Team) attacked at the start of the 180-kilometer race, Valognes saw an opportunity and quickly grabbed his wheel. They were soon joined by two additional riders and earned a maximum gap of 6:40”. Valognes was second through both intermediate sprints.
As the race reached the feed zone, the winds shifted causing the peloton to splinter. Quick-Step Floors took advantage of the situation and increased the pace, which soon reeled in the breakaway.
While fighting through the crosswinds, Brian Kamstra and the rider ahead of him crossed wheels, which caused the Dutchman to crash. He sustained no injuries, just road rash. He quickly changed bikes and fought back to the peloton.
As the race climbed up through the Hajar Mountains, Tom Bohli (BMC Racing Team) animated the race by making a late race attack but the sprinter’s teams quickly stopped him.
The race finished in a bunch sprint with Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) taking …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk