Jasper Philipsen makes it two

24 فبراير 2022

Tadej Pogacar extends lead in a time bonus sprint.
Todays’ stage video highlights (digital media only / NO broadcast) and post stage press conference are available below

Al Marjan Island, 24 February 2022 – Jasper Philipsen claimed his second win at the UAE Tour, organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, as he out-sprinted young Dutchman Olav Kooij and Sam Bennett at Al Marjan Island. Philipsen, who won Stage 1 of the race, also won an intermediate sprint today with 140km to go, taking advantage of echelons in the crosswinds. Unlike runner-up in the GC Filippo Ganna and challenger Adam Yates, both riding for Ineos Grenadiers, Tadej Pogacar made the front group during the echelons and sprinted to second place, therefore extending his lead in the overall ranking by two seconds. Alexandr Vlasov, third, gained one second as well. With 6.5km to go, the Slovenian had a flat tyre but he didn’t panic. His teammates Mikkel Bjerg, Rafal Majka and Max Richeze brought him back to the pack. He is now four seconds ahead of Ganna on GC ahead of the Expo 2020 Dubai Stage in Dubai.

(Photo Credits: Yasser Abras)

Ras Al Khaimah
Today’s stage started from Ras Al Khaimah Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah, an oasis of beauty and boasts more nature offerings than any other emirate. It is home to cloud-piercing mountains, watery mangroves, rosy-red deserts and almost endless beaches interspersed with bustling creeks and pretty lagoons. The rich Ras Al Khaimah culture extends over seven millennia and embraces colourful Bedouin and Emirati traditions.
Ras Al Khaimah has become one of the most sought-after destinations in the Middle East. Locally, it is fondly known as the Pearl of the Emirates and is internationally renowned for its inspiring history and nature. Travellers to Ras Al Khaimah can choose from serene-spa-luxury to knee-trembling-adrenaline-adventures and anything in between.

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STAGE RESULT
1 – Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), 182km in 4h17’05”, average speed 42.476km/h
2 – Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3 – Sam Bennett (BORA – hansgrohe) s.t.

OFFICIAL JERSEYS

  • Red Jersey, General Classification. Sponsor: International Holding Company – Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Green Jersey, Points Classification. Sponsor: Italian Trade Agency (ICE) – Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix)
  • White Jersey, Young Rider Classification. Sponsor: Nakheel – Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), worn by Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Black Jersey, Intermediate Sprint Classification. Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Aviation – Dmitrii Strakhov (Gazprom-Rusvelo)
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) at 4″
3 – Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA – hansgrohe) at 14″

H.E. Aref Al Awani, General Secretary Abu Dhabi Sports Council, H.E. Alison Grinnell, CEO of RAK Hospitality, Ahmed Ibrahim, International Holding Company Head of Corporate Communication and Media and H.E. Abdullah al Abdooli, CEO of Marjan, awarded the Red Jersey to Tadej Pogacar.

PRESS CONFERENCE
Jasper Philipsen said in the press conference: “I’m never confident before a race, I only get confident when I cross the finish line and win. The finish line was close to our hotel so we had time to look at it carefully this morning. We did a very good job even though [lead-out man] Jonas [Rickaert] lost his chain. We had to adapt to the situation. Everything went well and I’m super happy to take a second stage win. Tomorrow is another chance to go for a bunch sprint. I’m targeting the wins rather than the points classification.”

Tadej Pogacar said: “I think I hit the road on a sharp corner and that’s how I got a flat tyre. At first, it went slow and suddenly it was totally flat and I had to change bike. Why should I have become stressed out? There was nothing I could do about it. I knew the team was strong enough to bring me back. If Max [Richeze] had not helped me to come across to the bunch, maybe he could have brought Pascal [Ackermann] closer to the finish line. Unfortunately, my incident left Pascal almost alone at the end but when something like this happens, we have to adapt to the situation.”

Data collected by Velon’s devices on the riders’ bikes tells a detailed story of the stage. An infographic about today’s stage can be downloaded here.

TOMORROW’S STAGE

Stage 6 – Expo 2020 Dubai Stage – Expo 2020 Dubai – Expo 2020 Dubai (180km)

The city stage of Dubai, departing from Expo 2020 Dubai. The first part of the stages takes place in the desert, touching familiar locations: Dubai Sports City, Silicon Oasis Meydan Racecourse until reaching Emirates Towers. The route crosses Jumeirah Road, Palm Jumeirah and the Jumeirah Islands before returning to Expo 2020 Dubai. The entire route takes place entirely on very wide roads, essentially straight, interspersed with large and well-paved roundabouts. The riders may encounter some sand in case of wind during the desert sections.

Last kms
Final stretch along a wide, slightly curved road. Arrival on asphalt.

PRESS CONFERENCE
The post-stage press conference will be live-streamed on the UAE Tour YouTube channel.

TV COVERAGE
The UAE Tour International TV Schedule is available here.

UAE TOUR APP AND WEBSITE
Download the official UAE Tour App now and stay updated on the race, riders’ timings and everything that’s happening during the stage:
•    IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ae/app/uae-tour/id1451821362?mt=8
•     Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.rcs.uaetour
•     Website: www.theuaetour.com

UAE TOUR PRESS ROOM
The media can download high resolution pictures of the race from the official online pressroom. In order to download the pictures, just go to http://pressroom.rcssport.it/ (username: press / password: press), select “Media”, then “Cycling”, then UAE Tour. The photos are free of charge for editorial use, as long as both the UAE Tour and the photographer’s name are credited.

Photo Credit: LaPresse

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