Elia Viviani (Quickstep) won the final stage of the Dubai Tour and with it, the overall race title as well. Marco Haller (Katusha) was 2nd on the stage with Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue) placing 3rd.
The final stage of the Dubai Tour was a flat and relatively short 132km stage around Dubai. Once again, a mass sprint finish was the order of the day and our hopes were on Mark Cavendish taking the victory. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka performed a solid leadout going into the final kilometers of the stage, going head-to-head with the Katusha and Quickstep outfits.
With around 1.5km to go, there was a tricky corner that saw Cavendish lose the wheel of Mark Renshaw. As our Manxman began moving up inside the final kilometer again, the peloton dived into another right-hand corner and unfortunately a Cofidis rider hit the deck right at the front of the race. A few other riders hit the ground too and Cavendish was directly behind the carnage.
Fortunately, our sprint ace didn’t crash but he had to put his foot down, coming to a dead stop with just 700m to go. The race was gone from there and in the end, it was Viviani who took all the glory. This brought an end to our 2018 Dubai Tour where Cavendish finished 12th on GC but importantly, notched up the first victory of the season by winning stage 3 of the race.
Mark Cavendish – Rider
I am alright, I didn’t crash at all so I’m fine. I hope the guys who did crash are alright. I am pretty happy with how the week has gone. Today the team was wicked and I actually lost Mark Renshaw with a kilometer to go. Apart from that, the team did exactly what I asked of them, they were spot on. To see the difference from the first day to today, well I am very happy with the progress made this week.