Viviani Wants To Defend Dubai Tour Blue Jersey

08 February 2018 01:28
Elia Viviani has said that he wants to defend the Blue Jersey in the Dubai Tour after taking over the lead of the race.

The race leader Elia Viviani said: “I got a perfect lead out again but it's hard to lead with such a headwind. I'm not happy with my result but I'll try to defend the Blue Jersey. The main contender for GC will be the first sprinter tomorrow. I'm disappointed I didn't take a time bonus today but I sprinted for the win. Tomorrow's finish is steep but a good position at the bottom would help to defend the jersey. It won't be about lead-out this time.”

The stage winner Mark Cavendish said in the press conference: "I'm just a bit angry that I sat up yesterday. Technically I could have had the leader's jersey. I apologize to my teammates for that. They did a great job today. Bernie (Eisel), (Mark) Renshaw and I finished the job in the last 3km. I still feel the consequences of my Tour de France crash in my body. It will remain for the rest of my life. Quick-Step, Cofidis and LottoNL-Jumbo all look good. There are so many good teams for sprinting here. I'm nowhere near the form I had in July but I'm happy with my form now."

STAGE RESULT
1 - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) 180km in 3h53’46”, average speed 46.199km/h
2 - Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) s.t.
3 - Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
2 - Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) at 4''
3 - Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Racing Team) at 7"

JERSEYS

  • The Blue Jersey, sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai (General individual classification by time) - Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
  • The Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates (General individual classification by points) - Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
  • The White Jersey, sponsored by RTA - Roads and Transport Authority (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1993) - Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Racing Team)
  • The UAE Flag Jersey, sponsored by DHA - Dubai Health Authority (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Racing Team) - jersey worn tomorrow by second in classification Loïc Vliegen (BMC Racing Team)

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Source: DSG