Overview

UAE Tour

Stage 5) Flag Island - Khor Fakkan

AE United Arab Emirates, Thursday 28 February 2019
181 km

UAE Tour: Elia Viviani wins stage 5 sprint royale

UAE Tour: Elia Viviani wins stage 5 sprint royale

The 181km stage took a route that crossed from the coast at Sharjah, along a mainly flat course to the tips of the Indian ocean at the other side of the peninsula at Khor Fakkan. There, the riders were greeted with a fast and mainly straight run-in that had caught the attention of the sprinters in the field.

This was acknowledged by Viviani after the stage. “I came close on the second stage, but Fernando was too good then. But I was really focused on today as I knew it was a good finish for me. I am really happy!”

As has become customary during this year’s UAE Tour, the day’s breakaway consisted of members of both the Gazprom and Novo Nordisk, with Tepan Kurianov, Anton Vorobyev, Sergey Shilov and Charles Planet and Fabio Calabria representing the respective teams. With the peloton aware that the group would be looking to pick up enough points to defend the green and black jerseys of Planet and Kurianov, they were allowed to build a steady lead that never threatened the impending dominance of the sprinter’s teams, and were reeled in with relative ease at the 30km to go mark.

The pace was then kept steady in the peloton and Mikkel Honoré could be seen policing the front of the peloton for long periods of time in the lead up to the final run in. After a roundabout with 3.5 kilometers to go, Dries Devenyns put in a turn that would pull Deceuninck – Quick-Step into a strong position. Viviani had a slingshot towards the finish, after being perfectly positioned by Michael Mørkøv and Fabio Sabatini. For an agonizing few seconds he looked to be short of the pace of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), but the Italian stayed patient and a late burst saw him take the win.

“I am really proud of the team and myself because my lead out train worked really well. We were thinking about our tactics after the last few days, because after losing the first sprint in stage 2 we wanted to win and today was our first chance. I am feeling good and we made a decision not to spend too much energy and focus on today, the proper sprint stage. Today we did the perfect job, thanks always to my teammates”, Elia said after his 70th pro victory.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

 

Race details

1 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:48:59
2 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Marcel Kittel
Team Katusha Alpecin
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4 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Team Dimension Data
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6 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
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7 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
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8 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
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9 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
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10 Max Walscheid
Team Sunweb
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22 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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36 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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69 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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90 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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107 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
18:54:09
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
76 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:48
88 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:50
89 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:27
115 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:26
1 Stepan Kurianov
Gazprom-RusVelo
52 pt
2 Charles Planet
Team Novo Nordisk
43 pt
3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
36 pt
4 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
32 pt
6 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
28 pt
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
23 pt
8 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
16 pt
9 Marcel Kittel
Team Katusha Alpecin
15 pt
10 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
14 pt
29 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
18:54:47
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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