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Videos: Marcel Kittel bloodied after Astana rider elbows him at Dubai Tour as sandstorms cause havoc

German left with blood streaming down his face after incident during today's Stage 3...

Race leader Marcel Kittel was left with blood streaming down his face at the Dubai Tour today, claiming afterwards that he had been struck by Astana's Andriy Grivko - who has since been thrown off the race. Meanwhile, riders had to contend with crosswinds and a sandstorm during today's 200km Stage 3, won by Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb.

News that Kittel had been attacked by an Astana rider was initially made on Twitter by his Quick Step Floors  manager, Patrick Lefevere.

It was subsequently confirmed by Kittel, who said after the race:  “I got punched by Andriy Grivko from Astana. That's why I had blood on my face but I didn't crash. There was some confusion in the race. My team worked well for the sprint but I was not in a perfect position and maybe my head was elsewhere too.”

In the video below, Kittel seems to be explaining what had happened to Dimension Data rider Jay Robert Thomson, gesticulating with his elbow and shaking his head.

A number of teams posted footage of the sand blowing across the road, making conditions very unpleasant - not to mention dangerous - for the peloton.

Crosswinds had caused the peloton to split into three echelons but, as the sandstorm intensified, the bunch reformed.

Here's some of the videos of the day.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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