Marcel Kittel of Germany showed he had perfectly recovered from his crash on Thursday to claim the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour on Friday. The Quick-Step Floors rider, who crashed in the opening stage of the four-day race on Wednesday, outsprinted Australian Caleb Ewan after the Orica-Scott rider raised his arms in celebration a little too soon. It was a strange finale and I surfed from wheel to wheel, saving up some energy," Kittel said afterwards.
Greg van Avermaet got his classics season under way in winning style on Saturday after the Olympic champion beat Peter Sagan, the world road race champion, and Sep Vanmarcke in a three-up sprint to win the 198.3-kilometre Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Van Avermaet, who won his first Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title 12 months ago when he also beat Sagan in a sprint for the line in Flanders, Belgium, later described his victory as "really hard" before admitting the main focus of his spring campaign will be the Tour of Flanders. While Van Avermaet fans will have celebrated the 31-year-old's first solo win of the season, those lining the cobbled route hoping to see compatriot Tom Boonen claim a first Omloop title before he retires in April will have left disappointed.
Feb 25 (Gracenote) - Standings from the WorldTour Ranking Teams 1. BMC Racing (United States) 1189 2. Orica (Australia) 986 3. BORA (Germany) 752 4. Sunweb (Germany)