UAE Tour

Stage 6) Ajman - Jebel Jais

AE United Arab Emirates, Friday 01 March 2019
180 km

James Knox climbs to 8th on UAE Tour GC

James Knox climbs to 8th on UAE Tour GC

The finale of the largely flat 180km stage was the 20km climb of Jebel Jais, where Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) strengthened his grip on the leader’s red jersey, with James Knox moving up to eighth on the overall standings of the season’s third World Tour appointment.

A large crash that took down several of the race favourites dominated early proceedings and was perhaps a sign of the tension ahead of the big showdown. Luckily nobody was badly hurt and the race continued with Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) forging a gap. He was soon joined by a group of seven riders that included Elia Viviani and Michael Mørkøv and they soon had a lead of around four minutes, with Elia scooping second and first place in the day’s intermediate sprints.

On the climb to Jebel Jais, Hansen, Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida) and Joey Rosskopf (CCC) held off the peloton’s charge until the final kilometers. From there, the Jumbo-Visma team pushed hard for their leader, shed much of the field, with Dries Devenyns joining James Knox in the front group until the final stages. This left Knox in the esteemed company of a group of 20 leading riders, including Roglic, Alessandro Valverde (Movistar), Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb); several attacks were nullified, leading to a group sprint where Knox nabbed a superb 10th place.

Afterwards, James gave his thoughts on the tough stage 6: “Some of the GC teams hit the front at the bottom of the climb and they kept winding the pacer higher and higher and it was 2-3 km to go when it really started to hot up. I was honestly expecting more from the climb – there were reports of the gradients going up to 7% or 9%, but it was really consistent all the way up and the large group meant that I managed to shelter in the wheels and I could hang in. I started sprinting a little too early and didn’t lose too much time, so overall, I am really happy with my ride. To be with those top guys is a big boost for me and already it`s looking better than last year and I can keep building on this eighth place in the GC.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:15:39
2 Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb
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3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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4 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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6 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
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7 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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8 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:05
34 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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104 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:39
112 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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113 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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116 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
23:09:38
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:31
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:44
4 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:56
5 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
1:04
6 Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb
1:08
7 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
1:11
8 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:29
9 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:45
10 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team Sky
1:49
27 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:19
92 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38:37
100 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:39
102 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40:14
119 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:10
1 Stepan Kurianov
Gazprom-RusVelo
52 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
48 pt
4 Charles Planet
Team Novo Nordisk
43 pt
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
36 pt
6 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
32 pt
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
30 pt
8 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
24 pt
9 Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb
16 pt
10 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
16 pt
25 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
29 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
23:10:22
2 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
3 Laurens De Plus
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:01
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:12
5 Pavel Sivakov
Team Sky
3:54
6 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
4:02
7 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
4:28
8 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
4:42
9 Quentin Jauregui
AG2R La Mondiale
5:12
10 Gianni Moscon
Team Sky
5:39
22 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:53

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