UAE Tour - Jonas Vingegaard: In the future I want to be a GC contender myself
Feb 25 2021 11:56 pm CET

UAE Tour - Jonas Vingegaard: In the future I want to be a GC contender myself
UAE Tour - Jonas Vingegaard: In the future I want to be a GC contender myself
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Danish rider Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma) has conquered the mountain finish of Jebel Jais at the fifth stage of the UAE Tour, two years after his teammate Primoz Roglic did it too.

The 24-year-old showed to be one of the strongest climbers at the race and a late attack gave him the victory of the stage, almost two years after he got his first pro win at the sixth stage of the Tour de Pologne. The rider crossed the finish line ahead of GC contenders like Tadej Pogacar and Adam Yates.

"It was a very emotional win for me," said Vingegaard. "It's been almost two years since my last victory. I came here to try and do well in the GC. Unfortunately, I happened to not be in the first group on Stage 1, so it was already gone and I suffered a bit on the first mountain stage as I found the the heat difficult to deal with. Our tactic this morning was for Sepp Kuss to attack within the last three kilometres while I was supposed to wait for the sprint. However, it became clear that it wasn’t going to finish with a sprint as the finale unfolded, and I saw an opportunity to go. I’m just really happy that I took the opportunity and now I have the stage victory.

"I don’t know if this win will open up more opportunities for me. We have a very strong team. Quite often I’ll be racing to help Primož [Rogli?] or Steven [Kruijswijk] or whoever is the leader at a race. Of course, I’ll get my chance as well, but I’m still young, so I’m not stressing about that. In the future, I want to be a GC contender myself and I’ll ride for GC occasionally, as I was supposed to do here, but for now, my main job is to help the top leaders we have. I’m scheduled to ride La Vuelta again this year. I enjoyed doing it for Primoz last year. He’s a really good captain and a very nice guy. I want to ride for him."




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