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Dubai Tour stage four cancelled due to high winds

Joint decision taken in the interest of safety to cancel stage four of the Dubai Tour

Stage four of the 2017 Dubai Tour has been cancelled due to high winds, and the possibility if resulting sandstorms. The stage was due to take riders up the climb to the Hatta Dam, which would have shaken up the GC and removed the advantage of the sprinters.

John Degenkolb, who won stage three, has won atop the dam before so could have moved into the overall lead.

Riders had already been critical of the race organisers during the wind and sandstorms of previous stages and so will welcome the decision to stay off the road during the high winds. 

The biggest story to come out of the race so far was an incident involving race leader Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors).

The German was seen to have blood running down his face from a cut above his left eye, and it later transpired that he had been struck by Astana's Andrei Grivko.

The assailant later claimed that Kittel had spat at him. 

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