Van der Poel wins Stage 1, the ADNOC Stage, of the UAE Tour and wears the first Red Jersey

21 Feb 2021

Al Mirfa, 21 February 2021 – Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) has won Stage 1, the ADNOC Stage, of the third edition of the UAE Tour, ahead of David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma) and Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).

Van der Poel is now the leader of the GC and has been awarded the Red Jersey and the Green Jersey.

The stage was characterized by strong winds that split the peloton into several groups. João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) won the stage’s two intermediate sprints and gained a 6” time bonus by doing so. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) sprinted to second place in the second intermediate sprint, gaining a 2” time bonus.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), 176km in 3h45’47”, average speed 46.770km/h
2 – David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3 – Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) s.t.

JERSEYS
The Red Jersey, sponsored by the ADNOC (General individual classification by time) – Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
The Green Jersey, sponsored by Etisalat (General individual classification by points) – Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1996) – David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma)
The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
2 – David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma) at 4″
3 – Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) at 6″
4 – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) at 7″
5 – Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) at 8″

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner and Red Jersey Mathieu van der Poel said: “I said I was coming here as a lead-out man but today I had good legs from the beginning. I was able to catch the group that went away after the first intermediate sprint and the wind made the race very hard, which played in my favor. I finished it off in the sprint but I didn’t expect this win at all. It means a lot to me to start my road season the same way I finished my cyclo-cross season.”

Press conference interviews and further details to follow.

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