UAE Tour

Stage 2) Yas Island - Abu Dhabi Breakwater, Big Flag

AE United Arab Emirates, Monday 25 February 2019
184 km

UAE Tour: Viviani takes second in Abu Dhabi

UAE Tour: Viviani takes second in Abu Dhabi

Elia Viviani came close to nabbing his third victory of the year, at the end of an action-packed and hectic 184km-long stage 2 at the UAE Tour, which was heavily impacted by strong crosswinds that sent the race awry with 90 kilometers to go, when the peloton split into several groups.

Caught out at the back, part of a group that lingered a minute behind the ones who had made the cut, the 30-year-old Italian was brought back by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates, who chased hard the leaders, rejoining them around 66 kilometers from the line. Sensing a lull in the bunch, two riders went clear and remained at the front until inside the final 15 kilometers, when thanks to the watts laid down at the front of the pack by several riders, including neo-pro Mikkel Honoré.

The blue train made its way towards the front only just before the red kite, and it was Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv the one who expertly piloted, before Fabio Sabatini drilled the pace for his countryman, who then jumped on the wheel of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and kicked out 100 meters from the line. Despite a strong sprint, the reigning Dubai Tour champion had to settle for second, a result which served as an extra motivation to Viviani for the next flat stages.

“We knew that if Fernando’s lead-out worked well, it would be hard to beat him. He was the strongest on this stage, so there’s not much to say about it”, Elia acknowledged after the stage which netted his third podium of the season. “I had to change my direction in the sprint due to the wind, but that’s the way things were. We learned from what happened today and we’ll be even more prepared for the next bunch gallop in a few days’ time.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
4:36:32
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
,,
4 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
,,
5 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
6 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
7 Sacha Modolo
EF Education First
,,
8 Marcel Kittel
Team Katusha Alpecin
,,
9 Marc Sarreau
Groupama - FDJ
,,
10 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
,,
53 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
67 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
73 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
75 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
124 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
125 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:53:21
2 Jos van Emden
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
3 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
4 Koen Bouwman
Team Jumbo-Visma
,,
5 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:06
6 Max Walscheid
Team Sunweb
0:07
7 Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb
,,
8 Nikias Arndt
Team Sunweb
,,
9 Vincenzo Nibali
Bahrain Merida
0:09
10 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain Merida
,,
22 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:20
33 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
34 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
35 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
38 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
39 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
58 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:33
1 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
20 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
3 Stepan Kurianov
Gazprom-RusVelo
13 pt
4 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
5 Charles Planet
Team Novo Nordisk
11 pt
6 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
9 pt
7 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
7 pt
8 Igor Boev
Gazprom-RusVelo
5 pt
9 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
5 pt
10 Sacha Modolo
EF Education First
4 pt
1 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:53:21
2 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
0:14
3 Gianni Moscon
Team Sky
,,
4 Pavel Sivakov
Team Sky
,,
5 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
0:24
6 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
0:26
7 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
8 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
9 Julius van den Berg
EF Education First
,,
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:29
14 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:33

Related items