Race: Dubai Tour, Stage 4
Start/Finish: Dubai/Hatta Dam, United Arab Emirates
Distance: 172 kilometers
Hatta Dam, UAE —Friday’s 172-kilometer race served as the Dubai Tour’s queen stage and it saw Team Novo Nordisk’s Chris Williams feature in the day’s main breakaway.
Immediately from the Stage 4 start, Williams and two other riders attacked. Quickly three riders joined them. The six-man group earned a maximum gap of 6:30.
Williams took top honors through the first intermediate sprint and was runner-up through the second intermediate sprint. Following the second sprint, Williams and another rider dropped back to the peloton in anticipation of the climb up Hatta Dam.
Eventually, only Brandon McNulty (Rally Cycling) remained off the front from the initial breakaway. Heading into the final kilometer, it appeared the American would pull off an upset, but a reduced chase group caught him in the final 150 meters.
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) took the win while Charles Planet finished in that elite front group.
“Today was good for my confidence; it felt good to be there with the best guys in this race. After two days in the breakaway and 300 kilometers off the front, I didn’t know what to expect out of my legs. My teammates helped me all the …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk