Even Sheikh Mohammed wants to get his own snaps of the cyclists whizzing through the city.

If you were out and about yesterday, you may have caught the first day of the Dubai Tour winding through Dubai. The five-stage professional cycling tour will be zooming through town from Tuesday January 31 to Saturday February 4, with a bundle of superstar cyclists taking on the challenge.

If you’re on the streets at the right time you’ll get to see pros Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Elia Viviani among others, battling it out on their bikes. With a total of 128 participants representing 16 professional teams from the UAE and other countries, the cyclists will cover a total distance of 181 kilometres.

There will be road closures all throughout Dubai as the tour is on. So if you’ve got to get somewhere during the Dubai Tour, here’s our article detailing the Dubai Tour road closures 2017.

The Dubai Tour even attracted Dubai’s royals as spectators, including Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai alongside his son Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai.

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Check out these photos of Sheikh Mohammed grabbing some snaps with his digi’ cam…

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Currently, Dubai Tour title holder Marchel Kittel from Germany is in first place, but we’re only on day two. 

“We were always in a good position, not really in the front, but we chose the right distance to go for it,” Kittel told The National. “After we passed the last roundabout, we tried to find each other and we went full gas to the finish line. It worked really well.”

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