The term ‘pancake flat’ seems created for this second day upon the scorching sands of Dubai, a 188km journey which comprises almost entirely of long and flat desert roads. An underwater tunnel features just ahead of the final kilometers, turning the riders onto the day’s finish upon an artificial island. Though some roundabouts are apparent, the final 3km are almost entirely straight right the way to the finish; an ideal finale for a big power sprinter. Wind is likely to be the greatest factor during the run in and could well cause serious problems as the leadout teams begin shaping up in the concluding kilometers.
Marcel Kittel must surely be the man to beat once again on day two, his form appears to be potent already and his support always places him well before unleashing everything for the finishing line. Mark Cavendish was in the mix on the first day, but seemed somewhat sluggish to make his move and ended up going the long way round to follow Kittel; he looks sharp regardless though and will rival the German. Trek demonstrated an impressive leadout in the name of Giacomo Nizzolo on the first day and almost delivered him a win against the odds, especially as the stage itself did not suit his abilities perfectly; his form is clear and will threaten again.
1st Marcel Kittel 2nd Mark Cavendish 3rd Giacomo Nizzolo