UAE Tour

Stage 5) Al Ain - Jebel Hafeet

AE United Arab Emirates, Thursday 27 February 2020
162 km

UAE Tour: Knox impresses in the break

UAE Tour: Knox impresses in the break

A classic stage that had featured regularly on the former Abu Dhabi Tour, day five of the UAE Tour offered a familiar route around Al Ain taking in many of the symbolic places up to Green Mubazzarah where the final climb of Jebel Hafeet awaited the riders for the second time this week. Just like on the previous stage that visited the 10.8km mountain, we were represented in the break, this time by James Knox, who slipped up the road together with four other riders.

The five showed a lot of determination and built enough of a lead (six minutes) to put some pressure on the peloton, at one point their buffer looking hefty enough to bring hope they could fight for the win. Unfortunately for them, several skirmishes between the GC teams in the crosswinds – although they failed to materialise – reduced that gap to just two minutes at the bottom of Jebel Hafeet.

On the very first slopes, the 24-year-old Brit rose out of the saddle and dropped his breakaway companions, surging ahead and climbing with impressive fluidity on the winding ascent, 48 hours after suffering on the same climb because of the extreme heat. It took a series of powerful attacks from behind for James to be caught with just three kilometers to go by a reduced group, from where Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) took the victory.

Shortly after catching his breath at the finish, where he arrived not far outside the top 10, James took us through the difficult stage 5: “We discussed about what we should do today, especially as we knew we would get some freedom after losing time on the first summit finish. I went into the break, but it wasn’t easy, as we fought hard to keep the bunch behind and the speed was quite high. The climb was relentless, but I gave it a go anyway, and even when the GC guys came across, I tried to stay there, but I was cooked and didn’t have the legs to remain with them anymore. But, overall, it was a nice day.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3:48:53
2 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
,,
3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
,,
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:04
5 Ilnur Zakarin
CCC Team
0:07
6 Davide Formolo
UAE-Team Emirates
0:23
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
,,
8 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
0:24
9 Víctor de la Parte González
CCC Team
,,
10 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
0:27
14 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:04
24 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
41 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
108 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:52
109 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:31
130 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
DNS Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-3:48:53
1 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
20:35:04
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:01
3 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
1:33
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:48
5 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
2:11
6 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
2:34
7 Ilnur Zakarin
CCC Team
,,
8 Davide Formolo
UAE-Team Emirates
2:39
9 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
2:47
10 Víctor de la Parte González
CCC Team
2:51
32 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:22
45 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:49
55 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:44
105 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:06
107 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34:43
109 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:13
1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
43 pt
2 Veljko Stojnić
Vini Zabù - KTM
42 pt
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
39 pt
4 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
35 pt
5 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
33 pt
6 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
32 pt
7 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
29 pt
8 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
9 Leonardo Tortomasi
Vini Zabù - KTM
21 pt
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
19 pt
29 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
20:36:05
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:47
3 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
1:57
4 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
2:35
5 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Astana Pro Team
4:16
6 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R La Mondiale
4:44
7 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
5:19
8 Héctor Carretero
Movistar Team
5:39
9 Florian Stork
Team Sunweb
6:44
10 Lorenzo Fortunato
Vini Zabù - KTM
10:22
13 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:43
1 UAE-Team Emirates 61:51:55
2 Astana Pro Team 3:25
3 CCC Team 5:22
4 Trek - Segafredo 7:04
5 AG2R La Mondiale 7:55
6 NTT Pro Cycling 8:09
7 Team Sunweb 9:26
8 Movistar Team 10:27
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 11:56
10 BORA - hansgrohe 12:38

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