Primoz Roglic conquers last mountain stage and confirms GC lead in UAE Tour
Mar 01 2019 08:38 pm CET

Primoz Roglic conquers last mountain stage and confirms GC lead in UAE Tour
Primoz Roglic conquers last mountain stage and confirms GC lead in UAE Tour
Team Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic has won the last mountain stage of the UAE Tour. With this victory, the rider confirmed the overall lead of the race.

The second mountain finish of the race was at the end of the sixth stage, which was 175 kilometres long between Ajman and Jebel Jais. Six riders formed a front group early on the day and managed to create a gap of more than nine minutes and included Joey Rosskopf (CCC Team), Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal), Will Clarke (Trek-Segafredo), Jan Tratnik and Marcel Sieberg (Bahrain-Merida).

The rain at the start of the stage caused a crash that affected World Champion Alejandro Valverde. The rider of Movistar went back to the saddle and eventually returned to the peloton.

After the start of the climb, the front group grew smaller until only Rosskopf, Tratnik and Clarke remained. Behind them, Jumbo-Visma and Sunweb took the lead of the peloton to set the pace and make a selection ahead of the final.

With five kilometres to go, Rosskopf was left alone at the front of the race and was caught by the reduced pack led by Jumbo-Visma's Laurens De Plus, three kilometres later. The first attack in the last metres was launched by UAE Team Emirates' Dan Martin and just after Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) made his move.

The Dutchman seemed to have a gap big enough with the rest to take the stage win, but race leader Primoz Roglic accelerated and crossed the finish line in the first position. Groupama-FDJ's David Gaudu was third.

Roglic maintains his GC lead with one stage to go and sits at 31 seconds from Valverde and at 44 from Gaudu.






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