Kittel wins 2nd stage of inaugural Dubai Tour
PALM ISLAND ATLANTIS, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Marcel Kittel outsprinted rival Peter Sagan to win the second stage of the Dubai Tour, and American rider Taylor Phinney took third to pad his overall lead on Thursday.
Kittel, riding for Giant-Shimano, arrived at the Palm Jumeirah artificial archipelago after a 122-kilometer ride from Dubai in a tight bunch, and outkicked Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling to win the stage in 2 hours, 50 minutes, 30 seconds.
“The team did a great job in bringing me into position,” Kittel said. “It was a tough race. It was windy, and it was sandy. I hope it’s better in the next few days.”
Sagan and Phinney finished with the same time, giving the BMC Racing rider a one-second time bonus and increasing his overall lead to 15 seconds over teammate Steven Cummings.
The third stage on Friday takes riders 162 kilometers to Hatta, a village in the mountains southeast of Dubai. The tour ends on Saturday in Dubai.