Awwwards

High winds caused stage four of Dubai Tour to be cancelled for the safety of the peloton.

Cycling's governing body the UCI's extreme weather protocol was invoked at the start of the day's test in Hatta.
 
Riders and race officials met prior to the stage, and with the winds whipping up the decision was made to cancel what was already an amended 109-kilometre route.
 
"Super windy" was how Performance Manager Rod Ellingworth described the conditions.
The riders gathered at Hatta Dam but conditions forced a cancellation (TDWSport)

The riders gathered at Hatta Dam but conditions forced a cancellation (TDWSport)

Rod Ellingworth

Rod Ellingworth

It's just one of those things. The organisers did a good job, but fair play to the riders too as they were ready to race.
On the way back to the team hotel he told TeamSky.com: "Some of the riders were wanting to perhaps do a time trial up the dam or see if they could do something. But the indications are that the winds were only going to get stronger. And I think they made the right call. We're driving back and the conditions are horrendous, in addition to the rain that has started.
 
"The forecast we've been given looks okay for tomorrow so we should be able to get one final blast in for the sprinters."
Dario Cioni and Rod Ellingworth headed to a meeting of Sport Directors

Dario Cioni and Rod Ellingworth headed to a meeting of Sport Directors

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