UAE Tour

Stage 6) Palm Jumeirah

AE United Arab Emirates Friday 26 February 2021 168 km

Sam Bennett does it again at the UAE Tour

Sam Bennett does it again at the UAE Tour

Sam Bennett unleashed another spectacular burst of speed and added another victory to his palmares, this time in Palm Jumeirah – the manmade Dubai archipelago – where stage 6 of the UAE Tour concluded after 165 quiet kilometers. Bennett, who on Wednesday claimed the first World Tour bunch sprint of the season, relied again on the well-drilled lead-out train of Shane Archbold and Michael Mørkøv, who stomped their authority over the final kilometer and delivered him in a perfect position with 200 meters to go.

Once he came out of the Dane’s wheel, last year’s Tour de France green jersey winner never looked back and powered like a locomotive, comfortably winning by two bike lengths, a success that confirmed he is the most in-form sprinter in this start of the season. It was Sam’s ninth victory since joining Deceuninck – Quick-Step, one for which he praised his teammates.

“It feels amazing, but I wouldn’t have done it without my teammates today, who were again tremendous, just like on the first stage I won here. At the end of the day, it’s down to them and my very fast bike. The more sprints we do together, the better we’re getting. It’s just about repeating the same thing and making decisions in the final. We’re really getting to know each other and we’re pretty much nailing it at the minute.”

“I pushed hard this off-season because I wanted to have a strong start to the year and I’m happy to see it pays dividends. We’re having a great time here in the UAE Tour and it feels great to repay the team’s confidence and work. At the same time, it bodes well for Paris-Nice, which will be my next appointment of the season”, a beaming Sam said after the stage and his 28th win at World Tour level.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:32:23
2 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
3 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
4 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
6 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
0:00
7 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange
0:00
8 André Greipel
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
9 Cees Bol
Team DSM
0:00
10 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
18 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
30 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
50 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
86 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
94 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:29
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
20:41:59
2 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:35
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:02
4 Chris Harper
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:44
5 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
1:46
6 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
2:37
7 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - Victorious
2:39
8 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:53
9 Rubén Fernández Andújar
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4:13
10 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:30
67 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:29
75 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:17
96 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:09
103 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:15
1 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
57 pt
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
51 pt
3 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
4 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35 pt
5 Tony Gallopin
AG2R Citroën Team
33 pt
6 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
33 pt
7 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
28 pt
8 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
21 pt
9 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
21 pt
10 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
20 pt
11 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
21 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
48 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
20:41:59
2 João Almeida
1:02
3 Neilson Powless
1:46
4 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
2:37
5 Sergio Higuita García
9:47
6 Stefan de Bod
12:34
7 Harm Vanhoucke
13:05
8 Gino Mäder
13:14
9 Samuele Battistella
14:02
10 Rémy Rochas
14:06
1 UAE-Team Emirates 62:12:17
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 5:10
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 11:01
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 16:28
5 EF Education - Nippo 17:25
6 Bahrain - Victorious 18:59
7 Astana - Premier Tech 29:11
8 BORA - hansgrohe 32:12
9 Trek - Segafredo 34:17
10 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 34:25

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