Mitchelton-BikeExchange ticked another box on stage two of the Tour of Dubai when Chinese rider Xue Fuwen made it into the day’s breakaway and enjoyed a long stint out front in the desert sun.
Stage two was the longest of the five-day race and moved up the coast to another of the seven United Emirate states, Ras al Khaimah and sensing it was a good opportunity the Chinese outfit had all riders on alert in the opening kilometres, with Xue Fuwen part of the key attack.
Sprinters are the dominant force at this race and the break was always going to be caught and once the move had come to an end the focus shifted to Jacob Hennessy and the positioning of our 21-year-old leader in the pack.
Not quite as chaotic as the opening stage and slightly split over the closing metres, stage two was won by Elia Viviani (Quick-Step-Floors) with Hennessy trying hard but boxed in slightly and out of the top ten in 13th on the day.
Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) retains the race lead with Hennessy in 10th overall and the Mitchelton-BikeExchange camp buoyed by a positive opening two stages.
|1||Elia Viviani (ITA) - Quick-Step Floors||04:34:31|
|2||Dylan Groenewegen (NED) - LottoNL-Jumbo|
|3||Riccardo Minali (ITA) - Astana Pro Team|
|4||Mark Cavendish (GBR) - Dimension Data|
|5||John Degenkolb (GER) - Trek-Segafredo|
|6||Magnus Cort (DEN) - Astana Pro Team|
|7||Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - UAE Team Emirates|
|8||Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX) - BMC Racing Team|
|9||Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) - Bahrain-Merida|
|10||Adam Blythe (GBR) - Aqua Blue Sport|
|13||Jacob Hennessy (GBR) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||04:34:31|
|23||Nazaerbieke Bieken (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||04:34:31|
|33||Robert Stannard (AUS) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||04:34:31|
|42||Xialong Sun (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||04:34:31|
|60||Samuel Jenner (AUS) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||04:34:31|
|108||Fuwen Xue (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||00:05:08|