The 2nd stage of the Volta a la Valenciana saw the time trial world champion, Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) solo to the stage win ahead of a small chase group, led over the line by Pim Ligthart (Roompot-Nederlandsje Loterij) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) respectively. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were attentive at the start of today’s 180km stage as it left Alicante, looking to place a rider in the break of the day. The peloton stayed together right up until the 1st categorised climb on the day at kilometer 27, where we had Serge Pauwels summit in 2nd place. It was just after the climb then.
The 3rd stage of the Dubai Tour had it all, crosswinds, crashes and a crazy bunch sprint which John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) managed to win just ahead of our South African, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) secured the final stage podium placing. Today the Dubai Tour peloton made its way across country, from the West Coast to the East Coast over a distance of 200km. The early part of the stage was pretty much par for the course as 4 riders escaped and began to build on their advantage. The sprinters teams, including Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka with Jay Thomson, committed some troops.
Stage 2 of the Dubai Tour was warm, dry and dusty… Scott Mitchell got the knitty-gritty of it all..