Tadej Pogacar defended the leader’s jersey and increased his lead in the overall standings to 46 seconds after finishing second on the 5th stage of the UAE tour on Mount Jebel Jais.
All eyes were on the Slovenian when he was led to the stage victory by the surprise winner Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma).
On the 170 km long stage, the peloton started in Fujairah and ended on the second and last summit of the tour in Jebel Jais. Many of Pogacar’s most important GC rivals gathered on the wide streets up to about 4 km from the finish.
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) fought a brave fight and was the protagonist of the main outbreak of the day. He managed to keep to about 3 km from the goal. The race then began with Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and Joao Almeida (Deceuininck-QuickStep).
Lutsenko was caught by the eventual winner Vingegaard in the last 400 m with Pogacar and Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) just behind.
Pogacar looked strong in the final meters and passed GC rival Adam Yates to take second place. The red leader’s jersey remained in the final stages.
What would be said
Pogacar said: “Today I focused more on the GC people. In the end there was a lot of headwind on the final climb, making it difficult to follow all the attacks. I focused on the most important thing and that was defending the leader’s shirt. It was a great drive from Vingegaard. I’m happy with second place.
“There was too much headwind to make any difference between Yates and me. In the end, it all came down to a sprint. Now we have two more stages, nothing is finished until we have crossed the last finish line. So we have to focus and focus on the next two stages.
“Tomorrow we’ll be driving in Dubai, it’s a special place and I’m looking forward to it. The UAE fans are great and I enjoy driving here. “
The UAE tour continues into the weekend. The sixth stretch of 165 km comes from Deira Island to Dubai and ends tomorrow on the palm. The flat course is another opportunity for the fast men in the peloton. So keep an eye out for Fernando Gaviria, the sprinter for the UAE Emirates team.
Level 5 results
General classification according to level 5
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