Italian sprinter Elia Viviani tops off his successful 2018 Dubai Tour with a win on the final stage as well as the overall victory
The Italian shot past Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) and Adam Blythe (Aqua Sport Blue) to win the stage, emerging late and from a considerable way behind to pip both on the line.
It was a chaotic final sprint, after Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) fell on a tight right-hand corner heading into the final straight, holding up Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) among others.
A group of about a dozen riders broke clear at the front following the crash, lead by a Cofidis teammate of Bouhanni’s, who continued his lead out despite glancing over his shoulder several times to try and locate his leader.
When he sat up, Katusha-Alpecin’s Rick Zabel hit the front in an apparent attempt to lead out Marcel Kittel, but a messy finish meant that Haller ended up sprinting for the line instead.
Haller and Jean Pierre Drucker (BMC) appeared to be in a two-man race to the finish line, until Viviani appeared from nowhere to lunge ahead of them just in time.
Blythe rode in his slipstream to finish third, his highest placement in the race this year.