UAE Tour Stage 5 - Tadej Pogacar wins thrilling mountain finish, Adam Yates retains GC lead
Feb 27 2020 08:23 pm CET

UAE Tour Stage 5 - Tadej Pogacar wins thrilling mountain finish, Adam Yates retains GC lead
UAE Tour Stage 5 - Tadej Pogacar wins thrilling mountain finish, Adam Yates retains GC lead
Photo of Tadej Pogacar by UAE-Team Emirates

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) has taken the victory of stage four of the UAE Tour after an exciting climbing finale.

The last climbing stage of the Emirati race was set to be decisive for the ambitions of the General Classification riders. The peloton went through a 162-kilometre route that had the same finish of two days ago at the Jebel Hafeet ascent -where Adam Yates took the lead of the overall standings.

The escape of the day included riders like James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Larry Warbasse (AG2R La Mondiale) and Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal) and it built a gap of more than two minutes with the pack. At the first slopes of the last climb, only Knox remained in front while behind riders like Mark Cavendish, Sam Bennett and Chris Froome were left struggling by the selected group.

UAE Team Emirates' Davide Formolo worked hard to set a high pace on the first kilometres of the climb and when he moved away, Tadej Pogacar launched an attack and was immediately followed by the race leader Adam Yates. A few metres later, the Slovenian rider tried again but the Briton of Mitchelton-Scott didn't allow him to build any gaps, and they took David Gaudu, Alexey Lutsenko and Ilnur Zakarin with them.

With four kilometres to go, Knox was caught by the favourites and riders like Zakarin, Gaudu, Yates and again Pogacar launched several attacks. At a bit more than one kilometre from the finish line, Yates tried to go solo but the Slovenian went at his wheel and they left the others struggling behind but returned to the front moments later.

Lutsenko took the lead of the final sprint in the last metres, but Pogacar overtook him at the last moment and took the victory of the stage. Yates took the third place of the stage and extended his lead in the General Classification.




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