Caleb Ewan celebrates in UAE Tour, Primoz Roglic keeps GC lead
Feb 27 2019 08:28 pm CET

Caleb Ewan celebrates in UAE Tour, Primoz Roglic keeps GC lead
Caleb Ewan celebrates in UAE Tour, Primoz Roglic keeps GC lead
Caleb Ewan (c)Lotto Soudal

Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan has taken the victory of the fourth stage at the UAE Tour. The rider was the strongest at the uphill finish and beat Matteo Moschetti and Primoz Roglic.

The peloton faced the longest stage of the UAE Tour, 197 kilometres long, on the fourth day of competition. The course featured a rolling last part and an uphill finish on the Hatta Dam that had the potential of making differences.

The escape of the day was formed by six riders and included names like Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team) and Will Clarke (Trek-Segafredo). Behind them, young talent Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) crashed with 85 kilometres to go and was immediately taken to the hospital where it was confirmed that his injuries are only superficial.

The peloton was shaken up by the wind, which forced the creation of echelons that left behind riders like Bauke Mollema and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo). The group got back together some kilometres later.

With 12 kilometres to go, De Marchi attacked from the front group and took the lead for the moment until Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin made a move from the pack and overtook the Italian of CCC Team. Behind him, Tony Martin took the lead of the peloton to defend the leader's jersey of Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma).

At six kilometres from the end, there was a crash in the pack that affected riders like Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Gorka Izagirre (Astana). One kilometre later, Dumoulin was caught by the pack and went on to face the tough final sprint.

Soon after, the chasers arrived to the pack, while the teams prepared for the final. Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan attacked in the last metres and managed to create a good gap that allowed him to take the victory of the race.

Two seconds later, Moschetti and Roglic also crossed the finish line, which let the Slovenian keep the GC lead for another day. Groupama-FDJ's David Gaudu was caught in the crash and had mechanical problems in the last kilometre, and was awarded the time of the pack, making him stay at the third position of the overall classification behind Valverde.




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