The second mountain stage of the race, with a final climb of 20km that leads to the finish atop Jebel Jais. The post-stage press conference will be live-streamed on the UAE Tour’s YouTube channel.
Fujairah International Marine Club, 25 February 2021 – Good morning from Stage 5, the Impossible Is Possible Stage, of the third edition of the UAE Tour (21-27 February 2021), the one and only WorldTour race in the Middle East. The fifth stage, 170km long, is the tour’s second mountain stage and features a finale with 20km of constant climbing to the summit finish atop Jebel Jais.
The peloton, 130 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12:05.
Thanks to Velon’s rider data system, TV viewers and online users can see the riders’ wattage, speed and cadence. The complete list of riders carrying Velon devices and onboard cameras on today’s stage is available here.
Sheikh Saif bin Hamad bin Saif, Ahmed Ibrahim, CEO Fujairah International Marine Club, H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and H.E. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General Dubai Sports Council got Stage 5 underway
Fujairah (Start): Cloudy 27°C. Wind: weak – 5kmh, E.
Jebel Jais (circa 16.30 – Finish): Partly cloudy 14°C. Wind: moderate – 11kmh, W.
The Red Jersey, sponsored by ADNOC (General individual classification by time) – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by Etisalat (General individual classification by points) – David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1996) – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), worn by João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Tony Gallopin (AG2R Citroen Team)
The second of two mountain stages, it will most likely be the decisive stage of the UAE Tour. Like Stage 3, Stage 5 is divided into two distinct parts: firstly, a predominantly flat rollout with a few undulations as the riders cross the desert before the climb (two intermediate sprints at km 32.5 and km 127), then 20km of constant climbing to the summit finish. The riders will start from Fujairah and cross a stretch of desert at the foot of the Hajar Mountains, heading towards Ras-al-Khaimah before tackling the Jais Mountain. A final climb of 20km leads to the finish, with an almost constant gradient of 5% throughout that increases to 7% for the final two kilometers.
The final kilometers
A final climb that twists and turns along a wide carriageway. The early stages of the climb feature gradients of predominantly 4-5% before a latter half that hits 5-7% and peaks at 9% 2km from the finish. A straight finish on asphalt.
POINTS OF INTERESTS
FUJAIRAH INTERNATIONAL MARINA CLUB – 170 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
Fujairah International Marine Club was established in 1999 under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, to honour, preserve and maintain their historical relationship with the sea for the present and the future as well as to host and organize some of the world’s best maritime sports such as the Class One, The Formula One, Formula 2 and X-Cat World Powerboat Series. In addition to international events, it organizes national and local events such as UAE Jet Ski Championship, rowing races, and fishing competitions.
FUJAIRAH COAST – 170 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
Fujairah is the only emirate that is located completely on the eastern coast of the UAE along the Gulf of Oman. Due to its strategic position, it is the UAE’s only access to the Indian Ocean. The shores of Fujairah extend along the Gulf of Oman for about 70km, from the city of Fujairah in the south to the town of Dibba in the far north.
AL AQAH BEACH – 170 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
Located 45km north of Fujairah City on the Gulf of Oman, Al Aqah Beach is in one of the most unique coastal locations of the UAE, offering impressive views of the Hajar Mountains. It is one of the best beaches in Fujairah and a haven for people who love snorkelling and scuba diving. The beach is also easily accessible from the top resorts in Fujairah.
FUJAIRAH FORT – 170 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
Fujairah Fort is one of the important and largest forts of the Emirate. It is characterized by its position on a high hill in the old Fujairah region and is 3 kilometres away from the coast. It is built up to about 20 meters above sea level and overseas the whole city of Fujairah at this height. The design of the Fort differs from the usual engineering designs of the rest of the forts. It has three circular towers while the fourth one is a square for halls. Radiocarbonanalysis estimates that the fort was constructed between 1500 and 1550, according to the Fujairah Tourism and Antiquities Authority. The fort was built using materials available in the area at that time such as rock, gravel and clay stacked together using lime-based plaster.
BADIYA MOSQUE – 170 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
This curvaceous, squat mud-brick structure is considered the oldest known mosque in the United Arab Emirates. Located in Al Badiyah – a small village in Dibba, northern part of the emirate of Fujairah, it is believed to be built in 1446 AD, along with the two watch towers overlooking the mosque and the village. It is adorned with four pointed domes and rests on a single internal pillar.
BITHNAH FORT – 170 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
Gracefully overlooking Ham wadi, which runs from Fujairah to Siji wadi across the mountains, stands Al Bithna Fort, near the village of Al Bithnah. This castle is only 13 kilometres from the city of Fujairah and very close to the main road that links Fujairah to the rest of UAE. The construction of this castle goes back to 1735 and it consists of an enormous staunch edifice graced by two watch towers on the west side. Here visitors can enjoy the breath-taking picturesque views of the majestic mountain range and fascinating palm orchards surrounding it.
HAJAR MOUNTAINS – 150 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
The Hajar Mountains are the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian Peninsula, bordering Oman and the UAE. The rocky and rugged terrain dominates the Ras Al Khaimah scenery and provides a serious challenge for outdoor and hiking enthusiasts. The Hajar Mountains are of great interest to geologists as they have the world’s greatest surface exposure of ophiolites (igneous rock from the oceanic crust).
JEBEL JAIS ZIPLINE – 0 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
Fly over the awe-inspiring cliffs and canyons of Jebel Jais as you zip from platform to platform. Covering a total distance of 5 KM via a series of 7 ziplines, ranging from 337M to just over 1KM, the Jebel Jais Zipline gives you a panoramic, bird’s eye view of the towering Hajar mountains. Averaging speeds of 60 KMPH, you will also find yourself at the UAE’s highest sky bridge, 1250m above sea level and walking across the length of 15m bridge.
PURO RESTAURANT – 0 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
Located at Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park 1300 meters above sea level, Puro Express is the ideal snack stop to grab light bites taking in the breath-taking views of the majestic Hajar mountains.
JEBEL JAIS – 0 KM TO FINISH THE LINE
The UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais is part of the spectacular Hajar moun- tains that were formed over 70 million years ago in the eastern part of Ras Al Khaimah and Oman. Towering at 1,934 m above sea level, Jebel Jais boasts breathtaking vistas, thrilling adventures, and a welcome respite from the heat with temperatures around ten degrees cooler than sea level.
The UAE Tour Stage 5 International TV Schedule is available here.
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