"I'm happy - says Andrea Guardini, 3rd at the finish line in Abu Dhabi - although there is a hint of regret. It was a sprint for me: short and explosive. "
"I wanted to surprise the others anticipating the sprint - he continues - but I found myself facing a man Sky and I had to slow down. It has been fatal. "
The sprint was won by the British Mark Cavendish who also conquered the first position in the overall standings.
Tomorrow, the "queen stage" of this Tour Abu Dhabi 2016 with the arrival at Jebel Hafeet, almost 11 km climb with a maximum gradient of 11%.
"If he feels good - commented sport director Paul Slongo - Vincenzo Nibali will try to win the stage, but also Tanel Kangert can play his cards."