Arnstadt's Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) celebrated his second win of the season on the second stage of the Dubai Tour, which took the peloton over 122 kilometers from Dubai to Palm Jumeirah. After beating André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) in Australia, he didn't give his second major opponent, Brit Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) a chance. However, the World Champion from Copenhagen couldn't finish his sprint because he was in the last kilometer built-in wurde.
Kittel, on the other hand, was overjoyed: "The team did a great job and put me in the perfect position." With almost 500 meters to go, the four-time Tour stage winner was on his own. A few hundred meters later he then started his sprint and didn't give the competition a chance. Second was Slovakia's Peter Sagan (Cannondale) ahead of overall leader Taylor Phinney (BMC).
For long stretches, the stage was dominated by an escape trio around the Spaniard Francisco Mancebo (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team). The lead of the group was a maximum of four minutes. However, due to the joint tracking work of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Giant-Shimano teams, this was quickly used up.
1. Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) 2:50:30
2. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) 0:00:00
3.Taylor Phinney (BMC) 0:00:00
4.Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) 0:00:00
5. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) 0:00:00
1.Taylor Phiney (BMC) 3:02:32
2. Stephen Cummings (BMC) 0:00:15
3. Lasse Norman Hansen (Garmin Sharp) 0:00:17
4. Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 0:00:23
5. Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) 0:00:26