Elia Viviani took advantage of a reduced bunch sprint to take stage two of the Dubai Tour at a canter.
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Viviani’s closest competition was Lampre-Merida’s Sacha Modolo, who never looked likely to overcome his fellow Italian after a good leadout from Ben Swift.
The day’s four-man break was caught with 13km to go, with Skydive Dubai’s Francisco Mancebo Perez making a futile lone attack from the group to try and stave off the peloton.
From that group, One Pro Cycling’s Marcin Bialoblocki cleaned up the majority of the intermediate sprint points on offer.
As the race reached its closing kilometres, many of the teams tried to organise their sprint trains at the head of the peloton, and with two kilometres to go Sir Bradley Wiggins took to the front, although his teammates couldn’t organise themselves behind him.
The riders headed into the long tunnel within the last couple of kilometres where a crash held up the likes of Kittel and Cavendish, leaving Sky’s Viviani and Swift to battle with Tinkoff and Lampre in the sprint.
Trek-Segafredo’s Giacomo Nizzolo secured his second podium finish in two days, coming behind Modolo to secure and Italian one-two-three, while Cavendish recovered to finish 10th on the stage.
Dubai Tour stage two, Dubai-Palm Jumeirah (183km)
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky, 4-07-39
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, st
4. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana, st
5. Tomas Vaitkus (Lit) Al Nasr, st
6. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky, st
7. Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff, st
8. Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Sprandi, st
9. Chris Opie (GBr) One Pro Cycling, st
10. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data, st
Overall standings after stage two
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky, 7-42-50
2. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-Quick Step, st
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, at 2s