The opening stage of the inaugural Dubai Tour may have been just 10.1km long, but it has already given us plenty of food for thought from the emirate.
Taylor Phinney’s stunning victory puts him in pole position to become the first ever winner of the Tour, while world champion Tony Martin was forced to settle for fourth place.
For others, the race proved to be an early-season form finder – British champion Alex Dowsett included – as they enjoyed the heat and the stunning setting of Dubai.
What did you make of the opening stage? Let us know in the RCUK Forum. Here are our observations.