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In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017

The fourth edition of the event, which kicks off on the January 31st morning and will continue through February 4th, has attracted 16 teams competing in five stages over a combined distance of 865 kilometres. The tour starts from Dubai and runs across six emirates.

In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Germany's Marcel Kittel, from Quick-Step Floors Team from Belgium, reacts upon winning the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Germany's Marcel Kittel, from Quick-Step Floors Team from Belgium, reacts upon winning the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Germany's Marcel Kittel, from Quick-Step Floors Team from Belgium, holds the winner's trophy after winning the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Marcel Kittel of Germany wins Nakheel Stage One of the 4th Tour Dubai 2017 on January 31, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Cyclists take off from the start point of the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Germany's Marcel Kittel, from Quick-Step Floors Team from Belgium, holds the winner's trophy after winning the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Cyclists compete during Nakheel Stage One of the 4th Tour Dubai 2017 on January 31, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Marcel Kittel of Germany celebrates winning Nakheel Stage One of the 4th Tour Dubai 2017 on January 31, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Cyclists take off from the start point of the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Cyclists approach the finish line of the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Cyclists take off from the start point of the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Cyclists approach the finish line of the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Cyclists approach the finish line of the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: German rider Marcel Kittel wins the first stage of Dubai Tour 2017
Cyclists compete in the Nakheel stage 1 during the Dubai Tour 2017, on January 31, 2017 in Dubai. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)