DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — American Taylor Phinney won the first stage of the inaugural Dubai Tour on Wednesday, finishing ahead of a quality field in a 10 kilometer individual time trial.
The 23-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, who specializes in time trials and individual pursuits, clocked 12 minutes 3 seconds.
His BMC Racing teammate Steven Cummings of Britain was second, 14 seconds behind.
Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen of Garmin Sharp was third, 2 seconds further back.
World time trial champion Tony Martin, of Omega Pharma QuickStep, finished fourth in the German rider's opening race of the 2014 season, 22 seconds behind Phinney.
Thursday's second stage covers 121.6 kilometers, starting from central Dubai and finishing at the Palm Jumeirah, a palm-shaped manmade island.
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