Jebel Jais, 1 March 2019 – The Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) has won Stage 6, the RAK Properties Stage, of the inaugural edition of the UAE Tour, ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ). With the stage victory, the GC leader secures his position with a flat stage to go, wearing the Red Jersey on the podium.
1 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma), 175km in 4h15’39”, average speed 41.071km/h
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) s.t.
3 – David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ) s.t.
The Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates (General individual classification by time) – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by ADNOC (General individual classification by points) – Stepan Kuriyanov (Gazprom – RusVelo)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1994) – David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – Stepan Kuriyanov (Gazprom – RusVelo)
1 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma)
2 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 31″
3 – David Gaudu (Groupama – FDJ) at 44″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner and Red Jersey, Primoz Roglic, said: “Today we showed again as a team how strong we are. I’m really happy that I managed to finish it off. It wasn’t a direct fight with Valverde at the end. From the beginning of the stage, our guys protected me from the wind. On the last climb Laurens de Plus pulled until 500 metres to go. It was impressive. Job’s done for today; we have to stay focused for tomorrow.”
Press conference interviews and further details to follow.
Stage 7 – DUBAI STAGE – Dubai Safari Park-Citywalk – 145km
The UAE Tour’s final showdown is through the streets of Dubai, based closely on one of the most popular features of the Dubai Tour. After its departure from the Dubai Safari Park, the route then grafts on to the familiar course through the Dubai Design District, Mushrif Park, Al Mamzar Beach, Deira, and Rashid Port to reach Jumeirah Road and finish in Citywalk. The final stage is one for the fastest wheels!
After leaving Jumeirah Road the route is on wide roads with a final curve at 500m to go, and enters the City Walk, where the finish line is on an 8.5m wide road with square cobblestones.
Photo Credit: LaPresse / Ferrari – Paolone