The second stage of the Dubai Tour rolled out from the International Marine Club, guiding riders 186km through the desert before finishing further North up the coast in Ras Al Khaimah.
After only 16km, the first breakaway of the day formed on wide highway roads with Tom Stewart sliding in amongst the action. But it wasn’t to be as the peloton made the decision to shut it down, bringing everything back together once more. Before the bunch had time to settle, fellow Yorkshireman Pete Williams saw an opportunity and jumped across to join four riders, forming what would become the official break of the day.
With only two intermediate sprint opportunities available during the stage, Williams positioned himself to contend for the all important bonus points on offer. Approaching the first sprint, the break picked up the pace and gained a maximum advantage of 4 minutes and 40 seconds on the bunch as Williams sprinted to 3rd place.
Following the first sprint point, the peloton decided it was time to reel back the leaders and began to close the gap slowly over the course of the long straight roads. Through the final sprint Pete jumped early in the hope of gaining maximum points but was quickly swept back up by his fellow breakaway riders.
As a rider from BMC sat up to wait on the peloton, the break reduced to just 4 individuals. Working together the leaders managed to hold off the surging peloton until only 13km of racing remained.
Approaching the finishing funnel, ONE Pro Cycling started getting into position and aiming to set up team sprinter Steele Von Hoff. As the intensity continued to increase, Von Hoff found himself surfing the sprint a little further back than originally planned and as the sprint opened up he crossed the line in 14th place.
Another solid performance from the team which sees 3 riders in the squad sitting in the top 20, with Tom Stewart currently 5th overall, Pete Williams 10th and Steele Von Hoff in 17th.