Madinat Zayed, February 20: –Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) has won Stage 1, the Al Ain Water Stage, of the fourth edition of the UAE Tour, ahead of Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe) and Elia Viviani (Ineos Grenadiers).
Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) is now the leader of the GC and has been awarded the Red Jersey and the Green Jersey.
PROVISIONAL STAGE RESULT
1 – Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), 184km in 4h42’34”, average speed 39.070km/h
2 – Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 – Elia Viviani (Ineos Grenadiers) s.t.
1 – Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix)
2 – Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe) at 4″
3 – Dmitrii Strakhov (Gazprom–RusVelo) st.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner and Red Jersey Jasper Philipsen said: “It was a pretty fast finish and we could see the line from very far away. We managed to make our way to the front and go for the sprint. This morning I was not confident at all and this was the first race of the season for me. It’s a really nice feeling to win against such a big list of top sprinters.”
Courtesy UAE Tour