UAE Tour: Almeida delivers solid ITT in the desert

UAE Tour: Almeida delivers solid ITT in the desert

Monday 22 February 2021 - 14:43
UAE Tour: Almeida delivers solid ITT in the desert

UAE Tour: Almeida delivers solid ITT in the desert

Monday 22 February 2021 - 14:43

Three Deceuninck – Quick-Step riders can be found in the GC top 10 after two stages.

One day after helping the Wolfpack blow the race to pieces in the crosswinds, João Almeida rose up again to the challenge and put in a strong individual time trial on the 13km course that took place on the flat roads of the Hudayriyat island.

Penultimate Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider down the ramp, the 22-year-old Portuguese put in a solid effort despite the course not being completely to his liking, and after setting the ninth fastest time at the checkpoint, he upped the tempo and concluded the race’s sole stage against the clock in 14:26. An average speed a shy over 54km/h helped João slot into the top 10 at the finish, a result that propelled him to second overall, just a handful of seconds behind the new leader of the UAE Tour.

“Today was very windy, but I gave everything out there and I am really happy with my effort. It’s my first race of the season and it’s a nice feeling to know I’m on the podium after two hard stages. We are in a good position for the first summit finish and we’ll continue like this, taking it day by day and seeing where that leads us”, said Almeida, the new holder of the points jersey, after his sixth place on Monday’s stage.

Mattia Cattaneo was another rider to produce a great time trial which saw the experienced Italian move up several places on the general classification. Cattaneo is now fourth, making him one of the three Deceuninck – Quick-Step delegates in the top 10 overall, with Michael Mørkøv rounding out the list in ninth position.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
13:56
2 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
0:14
3 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
0:21
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:24
5 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana - Premier Tech
0:30
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:30
7 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
0:32
8 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
0:33
9 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
0:36
10 Matthias Brändle
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:38
11 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:39
55 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13
59 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:14
64 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:19
69 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:23
94 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:44
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
4:00:05
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:05
3 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
4 Chris Harper
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:33
5 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:39
6 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
0:41
7 Anthony Roux
Groupama - FDJ
0:45
8 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:46
9 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:47
10 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:48
13 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:55
14 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:04
71 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:26
99 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:51
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23 pt
2 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
20 pt
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
19 pt
4 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
16 pt
5 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
16 pt
6 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
7 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
12 pt
8 Emīls Liepiņš
Trek - Segafredo
9 pt
9 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7 pt
10 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana - Premier Tech
7 pt
11 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
18 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
4:00:05
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:05
3 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
0:41
4 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:46
5 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:48
6 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
0:54
7 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
8:07
8 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
8:21
9 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
8:40
10 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
INEOS Grenadiers
8:43
1 UAE-Team Emirates 12:00:52
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:45
3 Trek - Segafredo 1:18
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 3:38
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 9:10
6 INEOS Grenadiers 16:52
7 EF Education - Nippo 17:02
8 Bahrain - Victorious 18:02
9 Groupama - FDJ 18:21
10 Astana - Premier Tech 25:31

Top results

1 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
13:56
2 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
0:14
3 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
0:21
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