Colbrelli 8th in the first stage of Dubai Tour, despite a crash that effected our riders
Dubai, February 6th, 2018 – After an emotional and inspiring presentation event last night, it’s time to start racing. SkyDive Dubai is hosting this year’s starting area (and team paddocks), while finishes are different in all 5 stages. After 167km, today’s stage finished at Atlantis hotel at Palm Jumeirah, after passing Al Quadra cycling track, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex and site of the Dubai Expo 2020.
From the 15th kilometer 5 riders were in the breakaway, and between themselves they split up the intermediate sprint points at 47 and 75 km. Peloton had the race under control at all times on the wide roads. The breakaway was shedding little by little and just over 10km to finish, the last member of breakaway got caught. Not long after, there was a crash in the peloton that effected our riders Cortina and Bole. Both felt the impact of Dubai roads on their skin but continued the race. They could not help Colbrelli in the final kilometers and Sonny didn’t have his “train” to help him propel to the finish line. Despite the drawback he still managed to finish 8th.
Alberto Volpi, our Sports Director was visibly disappointed with the crash: “Our riders were positioned well in the first part of the peloton when the crash happened, and they were all together, so it was as we planned, just unlucky. “
This was Kristijan Koren’s first race for Team Bahrain Merida: “It was a perfect stage, really nice until the crash. After that peloton was a little bit stressed. The race started a little bit easier, then on the final everyone pulled full gas. For the sprint Sonny was there, contesting.” Asked if Sonny could do better with Cortina and Bole in the train, Kristijan said: “Yes, of course, this way Sonny didn’t have a full train to help him.