Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 5, the Al Ain Water Stage, of the UAE Tour Adam Yates retains the Red Jersey pubblicato il 27/02/2020

Late rush from Tadej Pogacar
 Adam Yates secures overall lead at Jebel Hafeet 

Jebel Hafeet, 27 February 2020 – The second stage finish on the Jebel Hafeet ascent ended up with a very tight victory for Tadej Pogacar. The Slovenian threw his bike to the line to overhaul Kazakhstan national champion Alexey Lutsenko at the last second. Third placed Adam Yates secured the overall lead after trying to break clear despite the gusts of wind up the hill. Two relatively flat stages will bring the UAE Tour to a conclusion in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. 

Data collected by Velon’s devices on the riders’ bikes tell the detailed story of the stage and of the riders. An infographic about today's stage
 can be downloaded here.

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Adam Yates on the podium with H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Under-Security of the Court of the Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in the Al Ain Region, H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Saeed Khalifa Bin Sulaiman, Emirates Senior Manager Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

STAGE RESULT
1 - Tadej Pogacar, 162km in 3h48’53”, average speed 42.467km/h
2 - Alexey Lutsenko s.t.
3 - Adam Yates s.t.

JERSEYS

  • The Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates (General individual classification by time) - Adam Yates
  • The Green Jersey, sponsored by Mubadala (General individual classification by points) - Caleb Ewan
  • The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1995) - Tadej Pogacar
  • The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Veljko Stojnic

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Adam Yates
2 - Tadej Pogacar at 1'01"
3 - Alexey Lutsenko at 1'33"

Tadej Pogacar on the podium with H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Under-Security of the Court of the Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in the Al Ain Region, H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Adel Ali Al Fahim, Senior Vice President Business Support Agthia Group



PRESS CONFERENCE
The Red Jersey leader of the GC Adam Yates said:
I felt good. For sure two days ago I got a big advantage but today all I did was stay with other key guys and out of trouble. That’s what it is. It’s all good. For sure I don’t want to lose the lead of this race any time soon. The next two stages are fairly flat but we’ll have to pay attention to the wind. Today it was windy and there were a lot of nervous guys, so we’ll just have to keep calm. Hopefully in two days’ time I’ll be here again to comment on the overall victory. It would be nice to get the first win in the first race of the season. I’ve been training well and the condition is there, so I wanna try and win the UAE Tour.”

Stage winner Tadej Pogacar said: “This is like a home race for my team and for me as well since I realized some fans had come from Slovenia to support me here. The dramatic finale makes it an amazing victory. I had to throw my bike on the line to beat [Alexey] Lutsenko. I’m super happy with winning here up Jebel Hafeet.”

TOMORROW'S STAGE

THE ROUTE
Stage 6 – ADNOC STAGE - Al Ruwais - Al Mirfa (160km)
The desert stage. Starting from Al Ruwais the route travels the entire E11 road which runs between the sea and the edge of the desert. The first part of the route is practically straight for almost 60km before entering the final 18.9km circuit of Al Mirfa which is to be completed three times.

Last km
The final circuit is on a perfectly paved wide road, and features some turns on large roundabouts and a short climb. The finish line is on 8m wide asphalt.

TV COVERAGE
UAE Tour Stage 6 International TV Schedule available here.

UAE TOUR APP
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UAE TOUR PRESS ROOM
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Assalto vincente dello sloveno allo Jebel Hafeet

UAE Tour - Thursday 27 February, 2020

 

 
 

 

 

Tadej Pogačar ha colto un importante successo nella corsa di casa dell’UAE Team Emirates, trionfando nella 5^tappa dell’UAE Tour, 162 km da Al Ain Jebel Hafeet (162k).
 
Lo sloveno è stato il primo dei big ad andare all’attacco, producendo a 4,5 km dal traguardo un allungo che ha lasciato solo 6 atleti a guidare la corsa.
Da quel momento si è aperta una battaglia tra i primi quattro ciclisti della classifica generale, con Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) e Pogačar a controllarsi a vicenda.
 
Pogačar si è poi accodato ad Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) in vista della volata finale, superando il kazako con tempismo vincente in vista della linea del traguardo.
 
Ottimo piazzamento anche per Davide Formolo, 6° nell’ordine d’arrivo dopo aver svolto un ruolo fondamentale nel costruire i presupposti del successo del compagno di squadra sloveno.
Pogačar è rimasto al secondo posto della graduatoria generale e ha rinforzato il comando della classifica dei giovani.
 
La 6^tappa proporrà un percorso senza asperità, con partenza da Al Ruwais e arrivo ad Al Mirfa dopo 158 km.
 
Pogačar: “E’ una vittoria fantastica. Sulla salita ho attaccato cinque volte ma, vedendo che Yates dimostrava di essere davvero forte, ho deciso di attendere la volata ristretta. Ho iniziato lo sprint con buon anticipo, sapendo che l’ultima curva sarebbe stata cruciale: abbiamo affrontato la svolta fianco a fianco, poi non ho mollato fino alla fine e ho lanciato la bici sulla linea del traguardo, cogliendo la vittoria.
Tutta la squadra è stata ancora una volta perfetta.
L’UAE Tour rappresentava il mio primo obiettivo stagionale, quindi vincere qui è davvero speciale per la squadra e per me”.

 
Ordine d’arrivo 5^tappa
1.Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 3h48’53’’
2.Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) +0’’
3.Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott) +0’’
 
Classifica generale 5^tappa
1.Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott) 20h35’04’’
2.Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +1’01’’
3. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) +1’33’’





 

Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 5, the Al Ain Water Stage, of the UAE Tour
Adam Yates retains the Red Jersey


Jebel Hafeet, 27 February 2020 – Tadej Pogacar has won Stage 5, the Al Ain Water Stage, of the second edition of the UAE Tour, ahead of Alexey Lutsenko and Adam Yates.
Adam Yates, third on the line, retains the Red Jersey of leader of the GC.

STAGE RESULT

1 - Tadej Pogacar, 162km in 3h48’53”, average speed 42.467km/h
2 - Alexey Lutsenko s.t.
3 - Adam Yates s.t.

JERSEYS

  • The Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates (General individual classification by time) - Adam Yates
  • The Green Jersey, sponsored by Mubadala (General individual classification by points) - Caleb Ewan
  • The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1995) - Tadej Pogacar
  • The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Veljko Stojnic

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Adam Yates
2 - Tadej Pogacar at 1'01"
3 - Alexey Lutsenko at 1'33"

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner Tadej Pogacar said:
It was an amazing finish. I started sprinting quite early. But we went really fast into the corner. I lost some speed and Lutsenko passed me on the left. But then we took the left corner together and it was full speed till the end. I threw the bike to the line to gain one centimeter. I'm very happy. This was the first big goal of the year for UAE Team Emirates. This is the home race for our team. It's unbelievable.”

The Red Jersey leader of the GC Adam Yates said:It's pretty much mission accomplished. I would have loved to win but in the end it is what it is. I fought the right guys. I still have the leader's jersey so it's a good day. It was the same climb as two days ago so it's not a surprise to have the same four guys at the front. Pogacar is impressive. He's young so we'll see him winning races again.”

Press conference interviews and further details to follow.

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Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour

Al Ain, 27 February 2020 – Good morning from Stage 5, the Al Ain Water Stage, of the second edition of the UAE Tour (23-29 February 2020), the one and only WorldTour race in the Middle East. The final climb of Jebel Hafeet will be very important for the General Classification battle.

The peloton, 133 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12:27. Dossard nr. 65, Michael Morkov did not start.

During the stage, 36 points are the maximum available for the Green Jersey (252 is the race total) and 16 for the Black Jersey (112 is the total). There are also a maximum of 16" time bonuses available, 3" in each of the two intermediate sprints and 10" on the finish line.  

Thanks to Velon’s rider data system, TV viewers and online users can see the riders’ wattage, speed and cadence. The complete list of riders carrying Velon's device and onboard cameras on today's stage is available here.

WEATHER
Al Ain (12.30): Sunny 24°C. Wind: moderate – 24kmh, W.
Jebel Hafeet (around 16.30): Sunny 18°C. Wind: moderate – 24kmh, W.

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JERSEYS

  • The Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates (General individual classification by time) - Adam Yates
  • The Green Jersey, sponsored by Mubadala (General individual classification by points) - Caleb Ewan
  • The White Jersey, sponsored by Nakheel (Best Young Rider born after 1 January 1995) - Tadej Pogacar
  • The Black Jersey, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aviation (Intermediate Sprint Jersey Classification) - Veljko Stojnic

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 - Adam Yates
2 - Tadej Pogacar at 1'07"
3 - Alexey Lutsenko at 1'35"



THE ROUTE
Stage 5 – AL AIN STAGE WATER - Al Ain - Jebel Hafeet (162km)

The UAE Tour’s mountain stage. A classic stage that featured regularly on the former Abu Dhabi Tour, it offers a familiar route around Al Ain taking in many of the symbolic places (Al Ain Zoo, Al Qattara, Al Hili, Al Ain Oasis) up to Green Mubazzarah where the final climb of Jebel Hafeet (10km) begins.

Last km
The final climb winds its way through wide-ranging hairpin bends on a 3-lane roadway, with slopes mainly around 8-9%, peaking at 11% 3km from the finish. A very short descent in the last km before the last ramp leads to the asphalt finish straight.

POINTS OF INTERESTS
HAZZA BIN ZAYED STADIUM, 162KM TO FINISH LINE
The home of Al Ain FC, this 25,000-seat stadium is one of Al Ain’s tallest buildings and a recognizable landmark. The outer façade design of this stadium is inspired by a palm tree trunk, an integral part of the UAE’s heritage and culture. The stadium is part of a wider project, constructed in phases, which will ultimately include residential, commercial, and entertainment areas, as well as a luxury hotel and sports facilities.

UAE UNIVERSITY, 156KM TO FINISH LINE
United Arab Emirates University is the oldest university in the United Arab Emirates. It was established in 1976. The UAEU is an accredited research-based institution. Its alumni have provided the United Arab Emirates with ministers, diplomats, senior government officials, and business leaders. www.uaeu.ac.ae

QASR AL MUWAIJI, 150KM TO FINISH LINE
The historic Qasr Al Muwaiji – birthplace of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE – has been restored to its former glory and reopened to the public as a museum and permanent exhibition. Located in the centre of Al Ain city, Qasr al Muwaiji is an impressive structure that has watched over the oasis for more than 100 years. Built in the early 20th century, this simple but striking building was originally used as a diwan (a council or seat of governance) and as a place for the community to congregate.

AL AIN OASIS, 150KM TO FINISH LINE
In the heart of the city, the Al Ain Oasis has been opened as the UAE’s first curated UNESCO World Heritage site visitor experience. Spread over 1,200 hectares (nearly 3,000 acres) and containing more than 147,000 date palms of up to 100 different varieties, this impressive oasis is filled with palm plantations, many of which are still working farms. The cool, shady walkways transport you from the heat and noise of the city to a tranquil haven; all you will hear is birdsong and the rustle of the palm fronds. The site introduces visitors to the delicate oasis eco-system and the importance it has played in the development of the emirate. The oasis landscape of Al Ain is shaped by a complex shared water supply based on both wells and ‘aflaj’, the UAE’s traditional irrigation system. Al Ain Oasis has plenty of working examples of the falaj which have been used for centuries to tap into underground wells.

AL AIN PALACE MUSEUM, 150KM TO FINISH LINE
Located on the western edge of Al Ain Oasis, the Palace of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was built in 1937. It was converted into a museum in 1998 and opened to the public in 2001. The original structure comprised a private residence for the ruler and his family within a complex of courtyards. The architectural design and construction of Al Ain Palace is typical of historical buildings of the UAE. It features the characteristic ventilation structures that are designed to keep the buildings cool in the summer. Locally sourced and environmentally friendly building materials were used, including clay, adobe and plaster stones, as well as palm tree elements for roofing rooms, ceilings, doors and windows. The use of teak was later introduced in the renovation of the buildings.

AL JAHILI FORT, 150KM TO FINISH LINE
Al Jahili Fort is one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. It was erected in 1891 to defend the city and protect precious palm groves. The former headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts, the force that protected the mountain passes and kept inter-tribal peace, it also served as a residence for the local governor. It is set in beautifully landscaped gardens, and visitors are encouraged to explore it.

SHEIKH KHALIFA BIN ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE, 150KM TO FINISH LINE 
The Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Mosque also known as Al Ain Grand Mosque will be able to accommodate more than 20,000 worshipers. It is composed of a basement level and a ground floor only, and will also include a 160-meter wide dome that will cover the main prayer hall and four 60-meter tall minarets. The complex also includes other buildings for ablution, classrooms, and offices, as well as underground parking.

SOUQ AL QATTARA, 137KM TO FINISH LINE
Dating back to the mid-20th century and founded by the late Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the palm-lined road linking Al Ain’s Al Qattara and Al Jimi oases, the historic Souq Al Qattara has been renovated and reopened. A traditional handicrafts market takes place here every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from October to May, encouraging local families to preserve and promote Abu Dhabi’s heritage through an active involvement in traditional craft production. The Souq is linked to the redeveloped Al Qat- tara Fort, now home to a popular arts center, featuring hundreds of modern exhibits, workshops, a café and a library.

AL AIN ZOO, 26KM TO FINISH LINE
This 900 hectare park near the base of Jebel Hafeet is where visitors can see a large animal collection in enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitats. There are plenty of green public spaces for picnics and also playgrounds, a cafeteria and a train tour of the wildlife area. The Al Ain Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, with at least 30% of its 180 species considered endangered. Conservation efforts have been strengthened by partnerships with San Diego Zoo, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Miami, and the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The Zoo also includes the Al Ain Safari experience. Magnificently positioned against the imposing backdrop of Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain Safari has been carefully crafted out of the desert environment. At 217 hectares it is one of the world’s largest man-made African Safaris and home to a range of native African animals and 2500 plants. Moreover, the zoo also is home to the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre, an important educational facility that combines knowledge and learning through interactive exhibits, multimedia and visual materials that have been specially designed by world-class experts and specialists.

GREEN MUBAZZARAH, 13KM TO FINISH LINE
Strategically located at the feet of the Jebel Hafeet Mountains, Green Mubazzarah is home to a number of spending Chalets that make a great retreat away from the clamour of the metropolis providing guests with a deluxe lodging and intimate access to the great outdoors. Green Mubazzarah occupies part of the rocky mountain side and been landscaped with rolling grassy hillsides alongside streams, hot springs and waterfalls. Green Mubazzarah Chalets is less than a 40 minute-drive from Al Ain International Airport and 15 minute-drive from Wadi Adventure.

JABEL HAFEET, 0KM TO FINISH LINE
Rising 1,240 meters, Jebel Hafeet is the emirate’s highest peak, and the UAE’s second. This towering rocky mountain, which stands guard over Al Ain and borders Oman, is forged out of craggy limestone that has been weathered over millions of years. Significant fossil discoveries have been made in the area, which are vital pieces in the jigsaw on the city’s ancient history. Over 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years have been found in the Jebel Hafeet foothills. Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views over Al Ain.

TV COVERAGE
UAE Tour Stage 5 International TV Schedule available here.

UAE TOUR APP
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Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Good morning from Stage 5 of the UAE Tour © Photo La Presse
Late rush from Tadej Pogacar Adam Yates secures overall lead at Jebel Hafeet © Photo La Presse
Late rush from Tadej Pogacar Adam Yates secures overall lead at Jebel Hafeet © Photo La Presse
Late rush from Tadej Pogacar Adam Yates secures overall lead at Jebel Hafeet © Photo La Presse
Late rush from Tadej Pogacar Adam Yates secures overall lead at Jebel Hafeet © Photo La Presse
Late rush from Tadej Pogacar Adam Yates secures overall lead at Jebel Hafeet © Photo La Presse
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