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UAE Tour 2022: Tadej Pogacar conquers Jebel Jais and moves into the lead

InternationalCyclingUAE Tour 2022: Tadej Pogacar conquers Jebel Jais and moves into the lead
UAE Tour 2022: Tadej Pogacar conquers Jebel Jais and moves into the lead. Pic/UAE Tour
UAE Tour 2022: Tadej Pogacar conquers Jebel Jais and moves into the lead. Pic/UAE Tour 2022

Jebel Jais (Ras Al Khaimah), February 24: Tadej Pogacar claimed a maiden victory in the fourth edition of the UAE Tour, taking the win on Stage 4, the Burjeel Medical City Stage, organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council on Wednesday.

Pogacar finished first atop Jebel Jais after his team UAE Team Emirates smashed the remains of the bunch in the uphill finish, leaving Pogacar to outsprint Adam Yates and Alexandr Vlasov, two of his main challengers. Tom Dumoulin, who started Stage 4 with an advantage of four seconds over the Slovenian ace, was unable to hold the pace but runner up on GC Filippo Ganna amazingly finished just behind the main group that crossed the line three seconds after Pogacar. Pogacar moved into the lead with three stages to go including the grand finale that will take place on his favourite climb Jebel Hafeet. Ganna remains in second place with a deficit of only two seconds.

STAGE RESULT
1 – Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), 181km in 4h49’24”, average speed 37.525km/h
2 – Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) s.t.
3 – Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA – hansgrohe) s.t.

OFFICIAL JERSEYS

Red Jersey, General Classification. Sponsor: International Holding Company – Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)
Green Jersey, Points Classification. Sponsor: Italian Trade Agency (ICE) – Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix)
White Jersey, Young Rider Classification. Sponsor: Nakheel: – Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), worn by Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates)
Black Jersey, Intermediate Sprint Classification. Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Aviation – Dmitrii Strakhov (Gazprom-Rusvelo)

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) at 2″
3 – Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA – hansgrohe) at 13″

The stage winner Tadej Pogacar said, “I always want to win, like all the riders on the start line of a bike race. This was a good race for me and for our team. We tried multiple times to split the group with Rafa [Majka] and Joao [Almeida]. If the climb was any harder today, I’d have put my money on Rafa for the stage win. He was one of the strongest riders. When we saw that it was coming down to a sprint, Rafa and Joao did a great lead out for me. I’m so happy to take the win. It pays off for the hard work we’ve done during the off season. I was emotional at the end because of the team’s hard work”.

Courtesy:UAE Tour

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