CYCLING: MARCEL KITTEL WINS FINAL STAGE AND OVERALL OF DUBAI TOUR

Dubai, Defending champion Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) won the Tour of Dubai on Saturday after clinching the final stage by emerging triumphant from a bunch sprint at the foot of the world’s tallest building. The German Quick Step rider outpaced I…

Dubai, Defending champion Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) won the Tour of Dubai on Saturday after clinching the final stage by emerging triumphant from a bunch sprint at the foot of the world's tallest building.

The German Quick Step rider outpaced Italian duo Elia Viviani and Riccardo Minali for his third stage win from four on the Tour after a 124km run through Dubai finishing at the foot of the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa.

Cavendish had enjoyed an excellent lead-out from his Dimension Data team-mates, who controlled the race through the final kilometre, with Mark Renshaw leading the peloton through a tight right-hand bend with around 400m to go.

Cavendish suffered a problem with his gears, it was Kittel who seized the initiative, powering clear of his competitors to take his third win of the race and successfully defend his overall title. Friday's medium mountain stage could have derailed Kittel's defence of a Tour also won in 2016, but due to violent winds the stage was cancelled. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency