Tour of Dubai
Stage 1: Skydive Dubai to Palm Jumeirah - Stage Details

Gent-Wevelgem U23 champion Jacob Hennessy announced himself on the world stage by sprinting to sixth place for Mitchelton-BikeExchange on the opening day of racing at the Tour of Dubai, going up against WorldTour opposition and matching them pedal stroke for pedal stroke.

A great experience for Mitchelton-BikeExchange began in perfect conditions at Skydive Dubai with a slight tailwind pushing the peloton out into the desert before making the turn behind a breakaway quintet to head back towards the coast and the finish on the Palm Jumeirah.

As expected from the only UCI Continental team in the race the first day was about acclimatising to racing within the WorldTour peloton and enjoying the learning experience whilst keeping sprinter Hennessy in a good position.

However, that wasn’t on the agenda for the riders, as a hectic finale unfolded Hennessy launched himself into the bunch sprint to take sixth place behind stage winner Dylan Groenewgen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and finish ahead of some of the top sprinters in the world.

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Dylan Groenewegen (NED) - LottoNL-Jumbo 03:51:35
2 Magnus Cort (DEN) - Astana Pro Team
3 Elia Viviani (ITA) - Quick-Step Floors
4 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - UAE Team Emirates
5 Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits
6 Jacob Hennessy (GBR) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE 03:51:35
7 Eric Young (USA) - Rally Cycling
8 Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) - Bahrain-Merida
9 Andrea Peron (ITA) - Team Novo Nordisk
10 Loïc Vliegen (BEL) - BMC Racing Team
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
6 Jacob Hennessy (GBR) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE 03:51:35
15 Robert Stannard (AUS) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE 03:51:35
49 Nazaerbieke Bieken (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE 03:51:35
80 Samuel Jenner (AUS) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE 00:02:50
86 Fuwen Xue (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE 00:03:28
94 Wenhui Bi (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE 00:04:12
97 Xialong Sun (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE