Dubai - John Degenkolb fended off swirling winds to upstage decorated fellow
German sprinter Marcel Kittel and win the third stage of the Tour of
Dubai on Thursday.
The Quick Step team's Kittel, the defending Dubai champion, had
clinched the first two of a total of five stages in peerless style and
remains in the overall lead.
But it was Trek-Segafredo's Degenkolb - now third in the general
classification - who stole the limelight on Thursday, powering over the
200km in just over four hours, with Reinhard Janse van
Rensburg of South Africa and Italy's Sonny Colbrelli second and third in
Degenkolb coped best with the tricky conditions, which saw strong
winds kicking up the sand, causing several riders to tumble off their
bikes over what was the longest stage of the race.
Kittel came home in 11th.
Friday's fourth stage is over 172km.