Dubai Tour: Rebellin completes the race in 9th overall

Davide Rebellin has kicked of the 2016 season with 9th place in the general classification of Dubai Tour. He defended his top 10 spot on the last stage of racing, which was taken by the overall winner, Marcel Kittel. CCC Sprandi Polkowice completes the race with a bitter-sweet feeling, since Branislau Samoilau was involved in a crash which forced him to abandon. 

The last stage of Dubai Tour was at the same time the shortest one – it was only 137 kilometers long. It was perfectly flat so it favored the pure sprinters. Easy terrain and tailwind helped the six escapees Daniel Teklehaimanot, Mark Christian (Team Wiggins), Sebastian Lander (One Pro Cycling), Roy Curvers (Giant-Alpecin), Jan Polanc, Faria Da Costa (both Lampre-Merida) record very high average speed in the first hour of racing – 48km/h. They also stretched out their lead to little bit over 3 minutes.

At 64 kilometer mark there was a crash in the bunch, in which CCC Sprandi Polkowice was involved. The one who sustained the most serious injuries was Branislau Samoilau. He was taken to the hospital with a suspected broken collarbone and ribs.

With 11 kilometers to go the breakaway was over. Since then nobody was even trying the make a late move, due to enormous pace in the bunch. The sprinters’ teams were switching at the head of the group and CCC Sprandi Polkowice was also one of the squads that tried to set their sprinter for the finish.

At the end, it was Etixx-Quick Step who tackled the last corner in the best position. Their leader, Marcel Kittel opened the sprint after a good lead-out and was never really challenged, despite the fact, that Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) were trying to jump off his wheel. Thanks to bonus seconds gained at the line, Kittel claimed the overall victory.

This time CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders finished outside top 20, but Davide Rebellin kept his 9th place in the GC.