Strong winds scup­per stage four

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

The fourth stage of the Tour of Dubai was can­celed on Fri­day be­cause of strong winds that posed a dan­ger to the riders, or­ga­niz­ers said.

The 172-kilo­me­ter penul­ti­mate stage be­tween Dubai and Hatta would have left riders ex­posed to ex­tremely windy con­di­tions.

“Out of con­cern for the riders’ se­cu­rity it was de­cided to can­cel the fourth stage and hold the fi­nal stage [on Satur­day] as planned,” or­ga­niz­ers said.

Ger­many’s Mar­cel Kittel leads the over­all stand­ings go­ing into the 124-kilo­me­ter fi­nal stage around Dubai on Satur­day.

The As­tana team’s An­drey Grivko was kicked off the tour on Thurs­day for punch­ing Kittel.

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