Filippo Ganna wins Stage 2, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council Stage, of the UAE Tour Tadej Pogačar is the new Red Jersey

22 Feb 2021

Hudayriyat Island, 22 February 2021 – ITT World Champion Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) has won Stage 2, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council Stage, of the third edition of the UAE Tour, ahead of Stefan Bissegger (EF Education – Nippo) and Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) over a 13km ITT on the Hudayriyat Island. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) is the new leader of the GC and has been awarded the Red Jersey.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), 13km in 13’56”, average speed 55.981km/h
2 – Stefan Bissegger (EF Education – Nippo) at 14″
3 – Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) at 21″

JERSEYS
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) – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1996) –  Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) at 5″
3 – Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) at 18″

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Filippo Ganna said: “It’s never easy to win a time trial even if you do it with good legs and a strong focus. Luckily my body was ready for this effort today. It’s a fantastic result for me and for the team. It was a bit strange to ride in the desert and it’s my first time at the UAE Tour. It’s hard to ride at 55 or 56km/h but I’m really happy today.”

The Red Jersey holder Tadej Pogačar said: “I’m really happy with my performance today. The wind was quite strong. I did my best and it was a really good time, I’m happy to have the leader’s jersey. I prefer to be ahead than behind on GC.”


Press conference interviews and further details to follow.

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