Overview

UAE Tour

Stage 4) Palm Jumeirah - Hatta Dam

AE United Arab Emirates, Wednesday 27 February 2019
197 km

UAE Tour: Knox survives hectic stage

UAE Tour: Knox survives hectic stage

The longest stage of the World Tour race had a familiar feeling for many riders, having been raced before as the most difficult stage of the Dubai Tour several times, which culminated – just like now – with the gruelling climb to Hatta Dam, a 200m-long hill with gradients ranging from 12% to 17%.

On paper, it should have been a quiet day until the closing kilometers, when the teams vying for victory were expected to bring their leaders at the front so they could start in pole-position the leg-sapping ascent, but a short-lived sandstorm, echelons and a big crash which occurred inside the final ten kilometers complicated things and made up for a very stressful stage, which ended up changing the dynamics when it came down to crunch time.

Unfortunately for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, Remco Evenepoel was involved in crash that took place midway through the stage and the neo-pro had to call it a race. Fortunately, after undergoing further examination at the local hospital, fractures were excluded, the 19-year-old – who was 15th in the general classification – being left just with several superficial wounds.

James Knox carried the flag again for our team, after being brought near the front of the charging peloton by Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv, and finished with the main field, five seconds down on stage 4 winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), thus retaining his top 10 place in the GC. With three days left of the race, the only thing that really stands between the Brit and his finest result in a World Tour event is the 20km-long climb to Jebel Jais, which will be tackled Friday afternoon.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
4:27:07
2 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
0:02
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
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4 Quentin Jauregui
AG2R La Mondiale
0:05
5 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
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6 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
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7 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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9 Marco Haller
Team Katusha Alpecin
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10 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
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15 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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21 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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44 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:41
60 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:51
113 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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117 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1005 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
14:05:10
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:21
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:38
4 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:46
5 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:54
6 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
1:01
7 Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb
1:04
8 Víctor de la Parte González
CCC Team
1:12
9 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:14
10 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
1:15
29 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:36
79 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:48
90 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:50
92 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:27
117 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:36
1 Stepan Kurianov
Gazprom-RusVelo
39 pt
2 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
32 pt
3 Charles Planet
Team Novo Nordisk
32 pt
4 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
28 pt
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
23 pt
6 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
20 pt
7 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
16 pt
8 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
9 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
10 Igor Boev
Gazprom-RusVelo
12 pt
24 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
14:05:48
2 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:36
3 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:52
4 Gianni Moscon
Team Sky
0:58
5 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:08
6 Pavel Sivakov
Team Sky
1:58
7 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
2:09
8 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
2:36
9 Quentin Jauregui
AG2R La Mondiale
3:30
10 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
3:33
20 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:10

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