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Viviani Vaults into Abu Dhabi Lead

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Oct 9, 2015 – In the Abu Dhabi Tour (8-11 October 2015), organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in partnership with RCS Sports and Events, Elia Viviani (Team Sky) outsprinted Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo) and Fabio Sabatini (Etixx – Quick Step) today to win Stage 2, the Capital Stage, from Yas Marina Circuit to Yas Mall (129km).

Abu Dhabi Tour/Yuzuru Sunada

The race unfolded as follows. Daniel Patten (Team Wiggins) attacked in the first kilometer. Five riders crossed the gap to join him: the Black Jersey Paul Voss (Bora – Argon 18), the Moroccan national champion Soufiane Haddi (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling), the Giro d’Italia d’Italia stage winner Maxim Belkov (Team Katusha), and two talented UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling riders, Alessandro Bazzana and Federico Zurlo.

At the Yas Marina Circuit Intermediate Sprint (km 54.8), Haddi sprinted easily to maximum points, with Belkov, Bazzana and Patten in his wake.

The breakaway reached its maximum advantage of 3’04” at km 57. Back in the peloton, a crash at the 70km mark left the Green Jersey Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quick Step), the White Jersey Songezo Jim and his MTN-Qhubeka team-mate Theo Bos (MTN-Qhubeka) on the ground. Boonen and Bos sustained injuries which led to their abandon (Medical Bulletin included in the Results, attached).

At the second Intermediate Sprint (Emirates Palace – km 91.3) Bazzana and his team-mate Zurlo led Haddi, Patten and Belkov, giving Bazzana the lead in the Intermediate Sprints competition.

At km 112, the breakaway led by just 14”. Patten, who had started it all, launched a final, solo effort, to no avail. Then Rafaa Chtioui (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling) attacked out of the chasing peloton for the second day running, joining Belkov and William Clarke (Drapac Professional Cycling), another of yesterday’s marauders.

Chtioui then persisted alone, to be caught by Team Katusha’s Anton Vorobyev 6km from the finish. These two held off the peloton admirably, but were eventually caught, as the team-mates of the fastest finishers set up the final sprint. Sagan led in the home straight, only for Viviani to dart off his wheel to take the stage win and the race lead. The World Champion had to settle for second place, with Boonen’s team-mate Sabatini third.

Final kilometers of Stage 2

Results Stage 2:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky 3:02:07
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
3. Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
4. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin
5. Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx – Quick-Step
6. Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
7. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
8 Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins
9. Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
10. Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18

General Classification:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky 7:23:08
2. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:04
4. Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
5. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:06
6. Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
7. Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
8. Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team 0:00:07
9. Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:00:08
10. Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha