UAE Tour

Stage 4) Al Marjan Island - Al Marjan Island

AE United Arab Emirates Wednesday 24 February 2021 204 km

UAE Tour: Bennett gets his 50th career win

UAE Tour: Bennett gets his 50th career win

Sam Bennett was in a league of his own Wednesday afternoon, capturing his first victory of the year after showing a clean pair of wheels to his opponents at the end of the longest stage of the UAE Tour, which started and concluded on the Al Marjan Island, lasting 204 kilometres and almost five hours in the saddle.

For the 30-year-old Irishman it was the first bunch sprint of the season, and the Tour de France green jersey winner benefitted from a perfectly executed lead-out train to navigate what turned out to be a chaotic finale. Piloted by Michael Mørkøv, who used his vast experience to bring him in position with 200 meters to go, Sam took the left side of the road and burst clear of the field, rolling across the line with a comfortable gap on the riders rounding out the podium.

“I was a little frustrated missing the sprint on the first stage and I knew there were only three more opportunities, so I was really motivated today. At the same time, I was pretty nervous, because it was the first bunch sprint of the season for myself and you never know what’s your condition coming out of the winter”, Sam explained shortly after his first win in two years at the UAE Tour.

The victory he got on stage 4 marked a significant milestone for Bennett, who now has 50 wins in the pro ranks, a number which puts him behind only Sean Kelly on a list of the most successful Irish riders in history.

“Having the team do such a great job you just want to bring the victory. I knew all I had to do was follow the guys, who made my job easier, and with my legs good in the end I was able to do the sprint I wanted. It was a messy finale, but I made it thanks to this amazing Wolfpack, who controlled the stage and then delivered me in the perfect position! I am proud to score my 50th victory here! It was a long, hot stage, but it now feels great to get the first bunch sprint of the year out of the way. It’s a perfect way to start the season”, Sam added.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammate João Almeida enjoyed a quieter day and remained on the UAE Tour overall podium ahead of Jebel Jais, the race’s last mountain test.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:51:51
2 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
0:00
4 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
5 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
6 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
7 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
8 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
0:00
9 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
10 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange
0:00
17 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
24 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
53 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
81 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
92 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
116 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
12:50:21
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 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:38
8 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
2:38
9 Rubén Fernández Andújar
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
3:32
10 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:47
45 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:00
58 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:19
83 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:40
100 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:56
1 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
43 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
39 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28 pt
4 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
21 pt
5 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
6 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
7 Tony Gallopin
AG2R Citroën Team
17 pt
8 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
16 pt
9 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
16 pt
10 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
16 pt
16 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
36 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
12:50:21
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 38:35:47
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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