Video: Aqua Blue Sport podium in crash-marred sprint finish

Posted on: February 10th, 2018

Adam Blythe

Adam Blythe of Aqua Blue Sport emerged from a chaotic finish to take a podium placing on the final stage of Dubai Tour. A late crash scattered the front of the flying peloton but Adam Blythe, right, came through for 3rd place.

 

Aqua Blue Sport has taken a podium finish on the final stage of Dubai Tour; Adam Blythe finishing 3rd.

The stage was won by race leader and now outright winner Elia Viviani (QuickStep). Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) was 2nd and Adam Blythe was next.

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) crashed hard and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) was effectively taken out of the sprint.

While Cavendish did not crash himself, his bid for a second stage win was ended. Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) could only manage 6th and completes the race without a stage win.

Viviani has been the man of the season so far; claiming two stages in Dubai and one at the Tour Down Under.

At the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race he was 2nd, coming for a long way back to very nearly win.

His turn of speed there was immense. And today he did the same; looking to be out of the sprint only to put in a huge final surge; this time to win.

After Conor Dunne getting up the road for Aqua Blue Sport, today it was the turn of Daniel Pearson.

He was first to attack on the 129km stage. But he was soon joined by  Sun Xiaolong (Mitchelton-BikeExchange), Quentin Valognes (Novo-Nordisk) and Nasser Almemari (Team UAE).

 

 

The breakaway gained a maximum lead of almost five minutes. But as the peloton was closing in Pearson attacked with just under 25km remaining.

He stayed out front for about 15km before eventually being caught. A determined chase from several sprinters’ teams behind meaning he had no real chance of holding on.

Still, it was a good effort that took the pressure off his team mates behind. And if Blythe can continue the form that carried him to 3rd today a big win cannot be too far away.

Of the Irish in the race; Nicolas Roche (BMC) was 17th today on the same time as the winner. He finished the race 15th overall at 35 seconds.

While that result is not huge for a rider who has won Grand Tour stages, it strongly suggests he is in good shape for this time of the season.

Dunne was 72nd today at 53 seconds and 81st overall. Matt Brammeier was 71st today and 93rd overall.

 

Dubai Tour stage 5

1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
2 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
3 Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
4 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
5 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
6 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
7 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro Team
9 Andrea Peron (Ita) Novo Nordisk
10 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors

 

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