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In pictures: First stage of the inaugural Dubai Tour

February 6, 2014

Italian cyclist Eugenio Alafaci, of Trek Factory Racing Team, rides past the Khalifa Tower during the four-stage event’s 9.9 kilometre time trial as part of the Tour of Dubai on Wednesday. Taylor Phinney rode into cycling’s history books, the American claiming the first stage on the inaugural Tour of Dubai. Karim Sahib / AFP
Italian cyclist Eugenio Alafaci, of Trek Factory Racing Team, rides past the Khalifa Tower during the four-stage event’s 9.9 kilometre time trial as part of the Tour of Dubai on Wednesday. Taylor Phinney rode into cycling’s history books, the American claiming the first stage on the inaugural Tour of Dubai. Karim Sahib / AFP
Taylor Phinny of team BMC celebrates winning the first stage individual time trial of the Dubai Tour cycling race at the World Trade Center in Dubai on Wednesday. Christopher Pike / The National
Taylor Phinny of team BMC celebrates winning the first stage individual time trial of the Dubai Tour cycling race at the World Trade Center in Dubai on Wednesday. Christopher Pike / The National
A cyclist from Omega Pharma-Quick Step sprints during the individual time race stage of Dubai Tour on Wednesday. Marwan Naamani / AFP
A cyclist from Omega Pharma-Quick Step sprints during the individual time race stage of Dubai Tour on Wednesday. Marwan Naamani / AFP
US cyclist Taylor Phinney competes in the first stage of the Dubai Tour 2014 cycling competition in front of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai on Wednesday. Phinney won the opening stage. Ali Haider / EPA
US cyclist Taylor Phinney competes in the first stage of the Dubai Tour 2014 cycling competition in front of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai on Wednesday. Phinney won the opening stage.  Ali Haider / EPA
UAE rider Nawaf Al-Balooshi of Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team competes in the first stage of the Dubai Tour cycling race, a 9.9 km individual time trial, in Dubai on Wednesday. Ali Haider / EPA
UAE rider Nawaf Al-Balooshi of Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team competes in the first stage of the Dubai Tour cycling race, a 9.9 km individual time trial, in Dubai on Wednesday. Ali Haider / EPA
Yousif Mirza of UAE cycles during the first stage individual time trial of the Dubai Tour cycling race at the World Trade Center in Dubai on Wednesday. Christopher Pike / The National
Yousif Mirza of UAE cycles during the first stage individual time trial of the Dubai Tour cycling race at the World Trade Center in Dubai on Wednesday. Christopher Pike / The National
US rider Taylor Phinney of BMC Racing Team holds a raptor after winning the first stage of the Dubai Tour cycling race, a 9.9 km individual time trial, in Dubai on Wednesday. Angelo Carconi / EPA
US rider Taylor Phinney of BMC Racing Team holds a raptor after winning the first stage of the Dubai Tour cycling race, a 9.9 km individual time trial, in Dubai on Wednesday. Angelo Carconi / EPA
US rider Taylor Phinney of BMC Racing Team competes in the first stage of the Dubai Tour cycling race, a 9.9 km individual time trial, in Dubai on Wednesday. Angelo Carconi / EPA
US rider Taylor Phinney of BMC Racing Team competes in the first stage of the Dubai Tour cycling race, a 9.9 km individual time trial, in Dubai on Wednesday. Angelo Carconi / EPA
Danish rider Lasse Norman Hansen of Garmin Sharp reaches the finish line during the first stage of the Dubai Tour cycling race, a 9.9 km individual time trial, in Dubai on Wednesday. Ali Haider / EPA
Danish rider Lasse Norman Hansen of Garmin Sharp reaches the finish line during the first stage of the Dubai Tour cycling race, a 9.9 km individual time trial, in Dubai on Wednesday. Ali Haider / EPA

American cyclist Taylor Phinney made history in Dubai on Wednesday when he won the first stage of the inaugural Dubai Tour while world champion Tony Martin finished fourth behind Olympic winner Lasse Norman Hansen.