UAE Tour - Tadej Pogacar: The most important thing was to defend the jersey
Feb 26 2021 01:46 am CET

UAE Tour - Tadej Pogacar: The most important thing was to defend the jersey
UAE Tour - Tadej Pogacar: The most important thing was to defend the jersey
Photo of Tadej Pogacar (c)UAE Team Emirates/Fizza

UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar has maintained the lead of the General Classification at the UAE Tour after the last mountain finish.

The Slovenian rider has been at the top of the overall standings of the Emirati race since the second day and after winning the stage with a finish at the Jebel Hafeet, he consolidated his lead. Although he crossed the finish line of the Jebel Jais in the second position behind Jumbo-Visma's Jonas Vingegaard, he now holds a 45-second gap with Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) with two stages to go, which will be flat but could be affected by the desert winds.

"For me, it was a hard day," said Pogacar. "The most important thing was to defend the jersey and I really managed that. The team did that too. It was 'possible' to win the stage, but now it’s 'impossible' to change the results, so I’m happy with the outcome. Getting second place today was good. In the next two days, we need to stay focused, because anything can happen.

"We need to be careful and hold the Red Jersey safely all the way to the finish line. We’re going to Dubai with some nice memories from previous years and I’m super happy to go there again. I have a feeling they are like family there. They really respect me."
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TADEJ POGAČAR
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