Race: Dubai Tour, Stage 5
Start/Finish: Dubai/Dubai United Arab Emirates
Distance: 132 kilometers
Dubai, UAE — An impressive ride in the breakaway by Team Novo Nordisk’s Quentin Valognes saw the young Frenchman secure the overall UAE Intermediate Sprint Classification jersey while teammate Andrea Peron sprinted to ninth on the final stage of the Dubai Tour.
Three Team Novo Nordisk riders – Valognes, Chris Williams and Charles Planet – entered Stage 5 still in contention for the jersey. From the start of Saturday’s 132-kilometer race, Team Novo Nordisk went on the attack and individually nearly the entire squad was off the front of the peloton trying to make the breakaway.
As Williams and Peron attempted to escape, they went through a disorganized left-hand turn that caused Williams to crash. Unfortunately, he was unable to resume racing.
The crash reshuffled the race and Valognes made it off the front with three other riders and quickly earned a gap. The 21-year-old neo-pro needed seven points to win the intermediate sprint jersey.
Through the first intermediate sprint, he was second, which meant he must win the final sprint. He timed his sprint perfectly and easily won the sprint. Soon the breakaway splintered and Valognes was swept up by the chasing peloton.
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk