Koen de Kort has a novel way of deciding whether he should get in breakaways

Koen de Kort asks his 28,000 Twitter followers whether he should get in the breakaway for Friday's stage three at the Dubai Tour

Koen de Kort (Sunada)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Giant-Alpecin's Koen de Kort was part of the four-man breakaway on stage two at the Tour of Dubai, apparently the first time he's been in one for 'a while'.

Instead of just retreating back to the peloton for the rest of the race, de Kort seems to be in two minds as to whether he should target the break again on Friday.

>>> How did Alex Dowsett describe his short-lived Tour of Britain stage two breakaway?

So, in this modern era of social media, the Dutchman took to Twitter to ask his 28,200 followers whether he should go out the front.

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I've never done it, but I imagine being in a small breakaway in a professional bike race is pretty tough, so de Kort may not be particularly enthused about the fact that 90 per cent of respondents (including us) said yes.

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I'm also no expert on social media laws, but I assume this now counts as a legally binding contract, so Koen had better get out in that break now or he'll have hundreds of angry fans after him.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.