ST5 Dubai Tour – Final Stage
Dubai, Meraas Stage, Stage 5, February 4th – What a beautiful day after a terrible windy and dusty day yesterday. True Dubai weather in full bloom. Perfect set up for a final day of racing.
The 5th stage is a “sightseeing stage”. It passed through Meydan Racecourse and Mushrif Park before it reached the beaches of Al Mamzar. At that point there was a breakaway by 4 riders including our Ivan Garcia Cortina. The stage passed then through Deira, Al Maktoum Bridge and Old Town, before reached Union Flag where the last intermediate sprint has been won by Dimitry Gruzdev. Cortina won first intermediate sprint.
The race continued through Jumeirah road, U-turned by Burj Al Arab before reaching City Walk and finish line. It was as expected a bunch sprint in which nobody was even close to beat incredible Marcel Kittel. This is his third win this Dubai Tour and he retained the overall title won last year. Sonny Colbrelli finished this stage in 9th place.
Sports Director Alberto Volpi said right after the race: “I think the guys worked really hard, our train led peloton 10km to go, but I think this was too early to come to the front, it would be ideal with 3-4km to go.“
David Per: “It was a fast race, because it was short and yesterday we didn’t ride. We led the race at some point because there was a lot of corners, and we wanted to make sure we don’t get left out if there was crash. We did our work, but just didn’t work out as planned.”
Check out the video of the final stage.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA – PERI / BAZZI