Cavendish and Christian battered by sand
Sandstorms, high winds and alleged wrong-doings featured in stage three of the Dubai Tour.
Manx cyclist Mark Cavendish finished outside the top ten in 38th position but remains 10th in the overall standings.
The sprint was won by Jon Degenkolb.
Mark Christian finished in 94th place nearly a minute down on a difficult day after being involved in a four rider break earlier.
Leader Marcel Kittel didn't feature in the bunch sprint and came home with blood pouring down the side of his face.
Afterwards he alleged he had been "punched by Andriy Grivko from Astana".