Sam Bennett wins Stage 6, of the UAE Tour Tadej Pogačar retains the Red Jersey

26 Feb 2021

Palm Jumeirah, 26 February 2021 – Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) has won Stage 6, the Dubai Stage, of the third edition of the UAE Tour, ahead of Elia Viviani (Cofidis) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora – Hansgrohe). Tadej Pogačar retains the lead of the GC and wears the Red Jersey.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) 165km in 3h32’23”, average speed 46.613km/h
2 – Elia Viviani (Cofidis), s.t.
3 – Pascal Ackermann (Bora – Hansgrohe), s.t.

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) – David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma)
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) – Tony Gallopin (AG2R Citroen Team)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) at 45”
3 – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) at 1’12”

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner Sam Bennett said: “We really wanted to win another stage today. All I had to do was follow the guys. With the straight run in and the crosswind, it was messy, with a lot of guys changing lane, but Michael [Mørkøv] brought me to the perfect position with 150m to go. We’ll go for it again tomorrow.

Tadej Pogačar, the Red Jersey holder, said: “We’re now one more day closer to the finish, I’m really happy how it ended up today since it was hectic in the middle of the race with the crosswinds. Luckily, we managed to stay all together so it was a sprint day. Tomorrow, I hope it’s a similar day. I felt quite good after yesterday’s uphill efforts. I’m not worried about my shape. I just want to avoid any stress tomorrow.

Press conference interviews and further details to follow.

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