Mitchelton-BikeExchange went through another valuable learning experience at the Tour of Dubai with strong winds ramping up the pace as the field sped across the desert towards the Gulf of Oman.
Missing out on the breakway meant that the Chinese outfit could sit on in the bunch and maintain a good position for sprinter Jacob Hennessy, but the day was anything but simple with the winds causing splits and the early catch of the breakaway before another fast finale on the seafront.
Mark Cavendish (Dimension-Data) returned to form and took out the stage win in convincing fashion as Hennessy was left crowded out and burning energy as he tried bravely to get back in contention with the front runners before the line.
Elia Viviani (Quick-Step-Floor) moves the race lead with two more days of racing to come and Hennessy in 12th place at 14seconds.
|1||Mark Cavendish (GBR) - Dimension Data||03:53:46|
|2||Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|3||Marcel Kittel (GER) - Katusha-Alpecin|
|4||Adam Blythe (GBR) - Aqua Blue Sport|
|5||Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) - Bahrain-Merida|
|6||Elia Viviani (ITA) - Quick-Step Floors|
|7||Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - UAE Team Emirates|
|8||Magnus Cort (DEN) - Astana Pro Team|
|9||Riccardo Minali (ITA) - Astana Pro Team|
|10||Dylan Groenewegen (NED) - LottoNL-Jumbo|
|13||Jacob Hennessy (GBR) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||03:53:46|
|32||Robert Stannard (AUS) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||03:53:46|
|34||Nazaerbieke Bieken (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||03:53:46|
|41||Samuel Jenner (AUS) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||03:53:46|
|51||Xialong Sun (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||03:53:46|
|108||Fuwen Xue (CHN) - MITCHELTON-BIKEEXCHANGE||00:05:02|