Elia Viviani wins stage two of the Abu Dhabi Tour after crosswinds split race to pieces

Italian sprinter recovers from being caught in the second group to win stage and take race lead

Elia Viviani wins stage two of the Abu Dhabi Tour

(Image credit: LaPresse - Ferrari / Paolone)

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) recovered from being caught on the wrong side of a split in the peloton caused by crosswinds to win the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Crosswinds split the race into multiple groups with 50km to go, with Viviani caught in a second group alongside then-race leader Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) which at one point was nearly 40 seconds behind a front group including Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin).

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