Dubai Tour leader Elia Viviani wary of threats to overall victory ahead of final stage

The Italian holds the lead by four seconds, and needs to prevent those closest to him in GC from taking the time bonuses on stage five

Elia Viviani celebrates the overall lead at the 2018 Dubai Tour (LaPresse/ Fabio Ferrari)

Quick-Step Floors sprinter Elia Viviani is ready to “play the game” tomorrow as he anticipates his closest rivals for the Dubai Tour GC trying to find ways to wrestle the jersey from his shoulders.

The Italian placed sixth on the steep uphill finish to Hatta Dam on the race’s penultimate stage. That was enough to preserve a lead of two seconds over Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana) and four seconds over Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) who finished the fourth stage second and first respectively.

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