Dubai Tour 2016: Gathering of numerous stars
For this year’s Dubai Tour Mark Cavendish (the 2015 winner) will be in an illustrious circle of champions that includes Sir Bradley Wiggins, Philippe Gilbert, Rui Costa, Fabian Cancellara, Tony Martin and a band of sprinters including Elia Viviani and Andrea Guardini and Marcel Kittel.
DUBAI TOUR 2016 STAGES
The Dubai Tour is made up from three stages suited to the sprinters and one – stage three, The Westin Stage – to the puncheurs. The only fact that might split the race during the opening two stages are crosswinds that could come into play on the more open roads across the desert. Stage three repeats the uphill finish to Hatta Dam that was won by John Degenkolb last year. The German will miss the race but the short and steep climb (200 m) is ideally suited for riders like Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) or Philippe Gilbert (BMC).
The final stage without any climbing will probably be decided in a bunch sprint and should fix – together with bonus points – the order of the final classification.
Stage one, February 3, Dubai International Marine Club to Fujairah, 179km
Stage two, February 4, Dubai International Marine Club to Palm Jumeirah, 188km
Stage three, February 5, Dubai International Marine Club to Hatta Dam, 172km
Stage four, February 6, Dubai International Marine Club to Business Bay, 137km
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