Alejandro Valverde claims first win in the Rainbow Jersey

26 Feb 2019

Primoz Roglic retains the lead after racing aggressively

Jebel Hafeet, 26 February 2019 – Alejandro Valverde won atop Jebel Hafeet for the second straight time – but enjoyed this victory even more as it was his first in the World Champion’s Rainbow Jersey. The Spaniard timed his effort perfectly to come across to race leader Primoz Roglic who rode aggressively, followed by 22-year-old Frenchman David Gaudu who became the best young rider by accompanying the two established champions in the top 3, both on Stage 3’s result and on GC.


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1 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), 179km in 4h44’50”, average speed 37.706km/h
2 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) s.t.
3 – David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ) s.t.


The Red Jersey, sponsored by the Emirates (General individual classification by time) – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by ADNOC (General individual classification by points) – Stepan Kuriyanov (Gazprom – RusVelo)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1994) – David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Stepan Kuriyanov (Gazprom – RusVelo) – Jersey will be worn tomorrow by Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk)


1 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma)
2 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 14″
3 – David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ) at 31″


The Stage Winner, Alejandro Valverde, said: “This is another historical victory for me. It’s a photocopy of last year’s win but it’s special this time because of being the World Champion now. It’s incredible. I felt good, so I didn’t panic when Roglic attacked. I knew exactly where I wanted to speed up. Jebel Hafeet is a very nice place for winning with the Rainbow Jersey.”

The Red Jersey, Primoz Roglic, said: “It’s easy to say after the stage that I would have raced differently, had I known the climb like Alejandro [Valverde] did but eventually, he was the strongest anyway and he deserves the victory. We have a strong team to defend the jersey. Wa have to stay focused like we did up to now and at the end of the UAE Tour we’ll be happy.”


Stage 4 – DUBAI MUNICIPALITY STAGE – Palm Jumeirah-Hatta Dam – 197km
The longest stage of the UAE Tour, this is another classic route in the Emirates, having been raced before as the most difficult stage of the Dubai Tour, and having remained virtually unchanged since the first edition of that race. Only the start has been modified, departing from Palm Jumeirah. After the first part through the desert the route hits the Hajar Mountains. Here, the last hills from the gates of Hatta peak at the suffocating final tier of the Hatta Dam with its gradients that touch 17%.

Final Km
The last 3km are continuously climbing with a series of curves until the final climb to the top of the dam: a short, punchy 200m wall with gradients between 12% and 17%. Final straight is 150m long and 5m wide on tarmac.


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