Abu Dhabi Breakwater – Big Flag, 25 February 2019 – The Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) has won in a bunch sprint Stage 2, the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi Stage, of the inaugural edition of the UAE Tour, ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal). The Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) remains the leader of the GC, wearing the Red Jersey on the podium.
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.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Fernando Gaviria said: “It was a very difficult sprint because there are a lot of strong riders here for sprinting. But my teammates did a really good job, notably in the crosswinds when the peloton split. At the end, I got a perfect lead-out from Kristoff. It’s very important for us to win here as a team. The UAE is my new home.”
The Red Jersey Primoz Roglic said: “It was a typical race here with the crosswinds. But we did well. I was in the first group and everything came back together. We showed our strength but we still have to take it day by day. I’ve never ridden tomorrow’s final climb but I’ll give everything.”
Press conference interviews and further details to follow.
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.
Photo Credit: LaPresse / Ferrari – Paolone