Marcel Kittel wins Dubai Tour 2017

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) won his second straight Dubai Tour in style as he claimed the conclusive stage in a bunch gallop ahead of Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team) after the peloton caught breakaway riders Floris Gerts (BMC Racing Team), Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana Pro Team), Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain-Merida) and Matteo Bono (UAE Abu Dhabi). The German star added Stage 5 and the General Classification to reach the total of 75 pro career victories.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) 124km in 2h34’12”, average speed 48.249km/h
2 – Elia Viviani (Team Sky) s.t.
3 – Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
4 – Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) s.t.
5 – John Degenkolb (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION 
1 – Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) in 15h08’56”
2 – Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) at 18”
3 – John Degenkolb (Trek – Segafredo) at 20″

JERSEYS

  • The Blue Jersey, sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai (General individual classification by time) – Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors)
  • The Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates (General individual classification by points) – Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors)
  • The White Jersey, sponsored by RTA – Roads and Transport Authority (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1992) – Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo)
  • The UAE Flag Jersey, sponsored by DHA – Dubai Health Authority (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Nicola Boem (Bardiani CSF)
Marcel Kittel, overall winner of the 2017 Dubai Tour said: “I’m very happy with the last sprint of the Dubai Tour. Finishing the race like this makes me proud of how strong our team is. It was a difficult finale today because there weren’t many corners: it was all about positioning. I’m delighted to get the GC as well. There aren’t many races in which as a sprinter I have the opportunity to win an overall classification. I’ll keep this race in my memories, for all the ups and downs. It’s been a positive race for me, the team and cycling in many aspects. The cancellation of Stage 4 didn’t make anyone happy but it was a reasonable and good decision, taken by everyone, so this Dubai Tour is part of the process of riders’ safety.”

H.E. Saeed Hareb, Dubai Sports Council General Secretary, said: “I would like to thank the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council for their vision and their support for the organisation and to the teams and for attending the opening stage of the Dubai Tour. I also want to thank H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, ruler of Ajman and H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman for their support of the Tour and for receiving the organizing committee. I also want to thank the Commissaires Panel, the teams and the riders for their effort and understanding during the Dubai Silicon Oasis Stage and I want to thank especially the riders for the words after the cancellation of the Hatta Stage. Dubai Tour has become an icon in the UAE’s sporting agenda, and even globally we are very happy with our achievements. Thanks again for the support of the UCI, the UAE Cycling Federation, RCS Sport, the Sponsors, the governmental entities: RTA, Dubai Police, Dubai Sports Channel as official broadcaster, and both the local and international media.”

Lorenzo Giorgetti, RCS Sports and Events DMCC’s CEO, said: “I would like to thank Mr Saeed for his appreciation of the success of the 2017 Dubai Tour, the race director Mauro Vegni for the difficult decisions that had to be taken and that we took together, the police and all the staff members of the organization who were involved in the change of route in one night. We managed to overcome the difficulties because of the skills and experience we have here. We’re very sorry we were forced to cancel stage 4. It was a pity but also a very good sign of our professionalism and respect to the riders. With Meraas, we found the best location to end the Dubai Tour. It’s an unconventional but wonderful spot. We’ve had more than 4,000 articles already published about this year’s race which demonstrates the world’s growing interest in the Dubai Tour. Being held in six Emirates over almost 700 kilometers, the Dubai Tour gives visibility to other Emirates and cycling keeps growing in this part of the world. Marcel Kittel is now the rider with the most stage wins in Dubai. We’re delighted to have such a great champion as the overall winner for the second time.”

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