UAE Tour

Stage 3) Al Ain - Jebel Hafeet

AE United Arab Emirates Tuesday 23 February 2021 166 km

Almeida retains podium place at UAE Tour

Almeida retains podium place at UAE Tour

For the third consecutive year, Jebel Hafeet featured at Middle East’s only World Tour race and it again delivered, creating significant gaps between the GC men. Best placed Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider in the standings following Monday’s flat individual time trial, João Almeida lived up to the expectations and superbly defended his place on the podium, measuring his effort perfectly and showing the same never-say-die attitude that he put on display countless times at last year’s Giro d’Italia.

João fought against a blitz of attacks that came with five kilometers to go on the tough 10.8km ascent and led the chase behind the front duo, eventually managing to limit the damage on the brutal gradients that inflicted many losses and a lot of pain to the UAE Tour riders. Despite losing contact with the leaders, from where Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) took the victory, the 22-year-old from Caldas da Rainha continued undeterred, marching through the searing temperatures and coming over the line in sixth place.

It was enough for Almeida to remain in the top 3 overall, with a comfortable margin over his closest rival as the race returns on the flat for stage 4. At the same time, he remained in possession of the black jersey, which rewards the leader of the intermediate sprints classification, while Deceuninck – Quick-Step continues to be the only team with three riders in the top 10, where João is joined by Mattia Cattaneo and Fausto Masnada.

“Today was very warm and that made things harder, but I was lucky to have a great team around me, who protected me throughout the day, for which I am grateful. The fight began quite early on the climb and I gave my best, but others were stronger. I ended up conceding more than 40 seconds, but I still managed to be at a solid level, so things are looking good for the next days”, Almeida explained.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3:58:35
2 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
0:48
4 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:48
5 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:48
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:48
7 Florian Stork
Team DSM
0:54
8 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
0:54
9 Chris Harper
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:00
10 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R Citroën Team
1:09
24 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:11
36 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:42
72 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:04
73 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:04
103 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:05
118 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:05
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
7:58:30
2 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:43
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:03
4 Chris Harper
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:43
5 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
1:45
6 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
2:36
7 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
2:38
8 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:39
9 Rubén Fernández Andújar
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
3:32
10 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:47
46 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:00
57 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:19
83 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:40
110 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:06
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
39 pt
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28 pt
3 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
21 pt
4 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
5 Tony Gallopin
AG2R Citroën Team
16 pt
6 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
7 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
16 pt
8 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
16 pt
9 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
12 pt
10 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
12 pt
17 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
27 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
7:58:30
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:03
3 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
1:45
4 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
2:36
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
9:49
6 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
10:10
7 Florian Stork
Team DSM
10:21
8 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
12:19
9 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
12:40
10 Samuele Battistella
Astana - Premier Tech
12:47
1 UAE-Team Emirates 24:00:14
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 3:49
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 12:42
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 12:59
5 Trek - Segafredo 16:50
6 EF Education - Nippo 17:47
7 Bahrain - Victorious 20:25
8 INEOS Grenadiers 25:04
9 Astana - Premier Tech 30:06
10 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 31:09

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