Hatta Dam, 27 February 2019 – The Australian rider Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) has won Stage 4, the Dubai Municipality Stage, of the inaugural edition of the UAE Tour, ahead of Matteo Moschetti (Trek – Segafredo) and Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma), who remains the GC leader and wore the Red Jersey on the podium.
1 – Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), 197km in 4h27’07”, average speed 44.250km/h
2 – Matteo Moschetti (Trek – Segafredo) at 2″
3 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) (Team Jumbo – Visma) 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)
1 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma)
2 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 21″
3 – David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ) at 38″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Caleb Ewan said: “I knew coming into this stage with all the fast sprinters in this race, today would be my best chance for my first win of the year because of the uphill finish. My team did well protecting me today. It was a pretty tough stage even before the climb. I was where I had to be in the last right hand turn. I started my sprint when I needed to. Luckily I managed to hold on. It’s a relief. It’s always hard to get the first win of the year. Hopefully there’ll be more for the rest of the season.”
The Red Jersey Primoz Roglic said: “It’s always better to gain some time in a stage like this than lose some time. Once again, I made it thanks to my team who protected me really well before the uphill finish. That’s how I avoided the crash because I was always at the front. I just heard the noise behind me. It was my first time here. You can watch videos but it’s only once you hit this wall that you realize how hard it is.”
Press conference interviews and further details to follow.
Stage 5 – SHARJAH STAGE – Sharjah-Khor Fakkan – 181km
This stage, that connects the Arabian Gulf with the Indian Ocean (Gulf of Oman), is another opportunity for the sprinters. After crossing the desert between the University of Sharjah and the University of Khalba, the route follows the coast north through Fujairah, up to the finish line in Khor Fakkan, where a bunch sprint is expected.
The final 5km are on ample roads, evenly surfaced and with divided carriageways. The final 3km feature several roundabouts, the last of which leads on to the 8m wide, tarmac final straight.
Photo Credit: LaPresse / Ferrari – Paolone