Last year, all stages started at Dubai International Marine Club and this time at Skydive Dubai. It hardly makes a difference as the places are just a stone’s throw away.
Following the start the route zigzags within city limits before the riders head out into the desert. They race the Al Qudra Cycle Path for a while, a specially constructed track through the desert, and then return to town.
Via Expo 2020 and the Jumeirah Islands the race ends on Palm Jumeirah, the artificial archipelago in the shape of palm trees. It’s not only the same arrival as in last year’s 1st stage, the final 30 kilometres are exactly the same. Back then, Marcel Kittel outsprinted Dylan Groenwegen and Mark Cavendish.
The finish on the edge of the Palm Jumeirah is technically difficult. Firstly, there is a tunnel with 6 kilometres to go, and secondly, there is a switchback with 3 kilometres. Furthermore, while heading to the line the road curves gradually right and narrows to a single lane. It’s hard to keep a sprint train together, especially since the last kilometres run along the coast and the road is exposed on the riders’ left.
The first three riders on the line at the 2018 Dubai Tour take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprint (at kilometre 75) in stage 1 comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Read also: results/race report 1st stage 2018 Dubai Tour.
Dubai Tour 2018 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles, and more
Click on the images to zoom
Related articles Favourites - Dubai Tour 20 Overview - Dubai Tour 20 Winners and records - Dubai Tour Viviani seals the deal and sprints to stage and overall victory - Dubai Tour 20 Colbrelli wins at Hatta Dam, 19-year old McNulty just misses out on solo-victory - Dubai Tour 20 Cavendish sprints to win in 3rd stage, Viviani new leader - Dubai Tour 20 Viviani outsprints Groenewegen in 2nd stage - Dutchman still leader - Dubai Tour 20 Route Stage 2: Skydive Dubai - Ras al Khaimah - Dubai Tour 20 Route Stage 3: Skydive Dubai - Fujairah - Dubai Tour 20 Route Stage 4: Skydive Dubai - Hatta Dam - Dubai Tour 20 Route Stage 5: Skydive Dubai - City Walk - Dubai Tour 20 More articles
World Cycling Championships 2020 Imola: Alaphilippe takes rainbow jersey
World Cycling Championships 2020 Imola: Route Road Race – men
World Cycling Championships 2020 Imola: Riders Road Race – men
Giro 2020: The Route
Giro 2020: Riders
Giro 2020: GC Favourites
Giro 2020 Route stage 1: Monreale - Palermo
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 1: First fight for pink
Giro 2020 Route stage 2: Alcamo - Agrigento
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 2: For punchers and power sprinters
Giro 2020 Route stage 3: Enna - Etna
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 3: Climb fest on Moun Etna
Giro 2020 Route stage 4: Catania – Villafranca Tirrena
Giro 2020 Route stage 5: Mileto - Camigliatello Silano
Giro 2020 Route stage 6: Castrovillari - Matera
Giro 2020 Route stage 7: Matera- Brindisi
Giro 2020 Route stage 8: Giovanazzo - Vieste
Giro 2020 Route stage 9: San Salvo - Roccaraso
Giro 2020 Route stage 10: Lanciano - Tortoreto Lido
Giro 2020 Route stage 11: Porto Sant'Elpidio - Rimini
Giro 2020 Route stage 12: Cesenatico - Cesenatico
Giro 2020 Route stage 13: Cervia - Monselice
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 13: Back to the fast men, or...?
Giro 2020 Route stage 14: Conegliano - Valdobbiadene
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 14: Young guns versus old hand
Giro 2020 Route stage 15: Rivolto – Piancavallo
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 15: Battle for pink intensifies
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 17: Monster Mountains for HC climbers
Giro 2020 Route stage 18: Pinzolo – Laghi di Cancano
Giro 2020 Favourites stage 19: Last chance for fast finishers
Cycling Calendar 2020
BinckBank Tour 2020: Riders
La Flèche Wallonne 2020: The Route
La Flèche Wallonne 2020: Riders
La Flèche Wallonne 2020: Favourites
La Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2020: The Route
Vuelta 2020: The Route
Vuelta 2020: Riders
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 1: Irún - Santuario de Arrate
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 2: Pamplona - Lekunberri
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 4: Soria - Ejea de los Caballeros
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 5: Huesca - Sabiñánigo
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 6: Biescas - Tourmalet
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020: The Route
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020: Riders
Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes 2020: The Route
Vuelta 2020 Route stage 3: Lodosa - Laguna Negra