UAE Tour

Stage 7) Dubai Safari Park - City Walk

AE United Arab Emirates, Saturday 02 March 2019
145 km

Elia Viviani takes home UAE Tour points jersey

Elia Viviani takes home UAE Tour points jersey

If there’s one rider whose consistency has made him a top performer in the Middle East over the past years, then that’s Elia Viviani, who has picked up nine victories and claimed four secondary classifications since 2015, be it at the Dubai Tour, Abu Dhabi Tour, or more recently, at the UAE Tour, which this season ran its inaugural edition after the two former events decided to merge.

After notching up his 70th pro win on stage 5, which culminated with what was arguably the most spectacular bunch sprint of the season so far, Viviani made sure of securing the green jersey by mopping up points at the intermediate sprints in the last two days, doubled by another important haul of points thanks to his top 5 place finish in Dubai, where the race concluded with another mass gallop.

“I’m a bit disappointed after today, because we were a bit too far back going into the final corner and this ended up costing me in the sprint. On the other hand, coming into the race, winning the green jersey was one of my goals and we did everything to get it, the team was very strong, I won a stage and all these things please me. Tirreno-Adriatico is next for me and I will be fully focused on this event and racing in front of my countrymen with the beautiful Italian National Champion jersey”, Elia said after the finish.

Viviani wasn’t the only Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to shine in the Emirates, where James Knox – who resumed competition after a solid campaign in the southern hemisphere – showed the immense progress he has made since joining the team and performed well on the two mountain top finishes of the UAE Tour, Jebel Hafeet and Jebel Jais.

Top 10 on both occasions – ahead of many well-established World Tour riders and even Grand Tour winners – an impressive effort which put him into eight overall, James admitted he wasn’t expecting such an outcome at the beginning of the week: “It’s been really great for me and I have to thank the team for all the help. The legs were good on the climbs, in a quality race and against a quality field, which is encouraging. I am chuffed for myself to be up there with riders I’ve never really managed to hang with before. That’s great for me to see, the improvement and development I have made. All the hard work is paying off and hopefully I will continue this trend in Europe and fight for some more good results.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
3:17:51
2 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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4 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
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7 Max Walscheid
Team Sunweb
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8 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
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9 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
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10 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
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13 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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15 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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47 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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104 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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113 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:12
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
26:27:29
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
29 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:48
95 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:39
96 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:49
99 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40:14
117 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:10
1 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57 pt
2 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
52 pt
3 Stepan Kurianov
Gazprom-RusVelo
52 pt
4 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
48 pt
5 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
44 pt
6 Charles Planet
Team Novo Nordisk
43 pt
7 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
34 pt
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
30 pt
9 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
24 pt
10 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
27 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
34 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
26:28:13
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 Artem Nych
Gazprom-RusVelo
5:41
23 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:05

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