Primoz Roglic retains the lead before first uphill finish
Abu Dhabi Breakwater – Big Flag, 25 February 2019 – Fernando Gaviria of UAE Team Emirates met all expectations as he won his first sprint on his new team’s home soil, beating former team-mate Elia Viviani from Deceuninck – Quick-Step after he got a dream lead out by top sprinter Alexander Kristoff in Abu Dhabi. Crosswinds made Stage 2 a spectacular one with splits in the peloton before it came down to a bunch gallop. Primoz Roglic of Team Jumbo – Visma retained the red jersey ahead of the uphill finish of Jebel Hafeet.
1 – Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), 184km in 4h36’32”, average speed 39.922km/h
2 – Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) s.t.
3 – Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) 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) – Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1994) – Laurens De Plus (Team Jumbo – Visma)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Stepan KuriYanov (Gazprom – RusVelo)
1 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma)
2 – Jos Van Emden (Team Jumbo – Visma) s.t.
3 – Laurens De Plus (Team Jumbo – Visma) s.t.
The UAE Tour four jerseys promoting the Special Olympics World Games, held in Abu Dhabi from 14 to 21 March
The Stage Winner, Fernando Gaviria, said: “This is an important victory, not only for myself but also for my team and all our sponsors. This is a home win. I got a perfect lead out to sprint in optimal conditions. Before Alexander Kristoff, the whole team did a great job all day. I started sprinting with 200 metres to go. I have the legs for more victories before the end of the UAE Tour.”
The Red Jersey, Primoz Roglic, said: “It was quite a windy stage. We had some echelons, but I was in first group, thanks to the help of my team-mates, then everything came back together. I’ve learned from my experience at the Tour de France that I cannot miss the first echelons. I expect a lot of riders to attack me tomorrow. The UAE Tour is my first race after a training camp so I still can’t say how my legs will be tomorrow.”
Stage 3 – DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT STAGE – Al Ain-Jebel Hafeet – 179km
The first of the UAE Tour’s two mountain stages follows another successful course familiar from the Abu Dhabi Tour. The route around Al Ain takes in many of the landmarks – including Al Ain Zoo, Al Qattara, Al Hili and Al Ain Oasis – goes up to Green Mubazzarah where the final climb of Jebel Hafeet begins, with its 10km that will make the first real selection of the race.
Final climb goes through a series of wide hairpins on a three-lane carriageway. Gradient around 8-9% with a maximum of 11% at 3km to go. Very short descent on the final km just before the last climb. Final straight on tarmac.
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