Tadej Pogacar maintained his lead in the UAE Tour by keeping closest challenger Adam Yates at bay in Thursday’s fifth stage, won by Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard. Reigning Tour de France champion Pogacar finished three seconds behind Vingegaard and just ahead of Briton Yates, who now sits 45 seconds behind the Slovene in the general classification. The road now seems clear for the UAE Emirates rider to claim the overall title on Saturday.

“I’m glad I’ve retained the lead but I’ll stay focused in the next two days,” said Pogacar. “There are no more mountains, but I haven’t won the UAE Tour yet.”

To take the fifth stage, Vingegaard imitated his usual Jumbo-Visma team leader Primoz Roglic, who lost last year’s Tour de France to countryman Pogacar on the penultimate stage.

Vingegaard attacked at the highest point of the week-long race, at an altitude of 1,489 meters, just one kilometer from the finish to deny Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko.

Lutsenko’s dream of victory vanished 250 meters from the finish line in the rocky setting of the Hajar Mountains, very close to the border with Oman.

It was Vingegaard’s second success on the World Tour circuit after a stage of the 2019 Tour of Poland.

“It’s a very big victory for me, as I’m usually in the service of Primoz,” said the 24-year-old.

Friday’s penultimate stage is a 168-kilometer charge from Dubai to the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah.

UAE Tour 2021 – Jonas Vingegaard (DEN – Jumbo – Visma)


1  VINGEGAARD Jonas Team Jumbo-Visma 4:19:08
2  POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 0:03
3  YATES Adam INEOS Grenadiers 0:03
4  HIGUITA Sergio EF Education – Nippo 0:05
5  ALMEIDA João Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:06
6  SCHULTZ Nick Team BikeExchange 0:06
7  KUSS Sepp Team Jumbo-Visma 0:08
8  POELS Wout Bahrain – Victorious 0:08
9  HERMANS Ben Israel Start-Up Nation 0:08
10  BOUCHARD Geoffrey AG2R Citroën Team 0:08


1  POGAČAR Tadej UAE-Team Emirates 17:09:26
2  YATES Adam INEOS Grenadiers 0:45
3  ALMEIDA João Deceuninck – Quick Step 1:12
4  HARPER Chris Team Jumbo-Visma 1:54
5  POWLESS Neilson EF Education – Nippo 1:56
6  SKJELMOSE JENSEN Mattias Trek – Segafredo 2:47
7  CARUSO Damiano Bahrain – Victorious 2:49
8  CATTANEO Mattia Deceuninck – Quick Step 4:03
9  FERNÁNDEZ Rubén Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 4:23
10  MASNADA Fausto Deceuninck – Quick Step 6:40


UAE Tour 2021 – Tadej Pogacar (SLO – UAE Team Emirates) – Adam Yates (GBR – Ineos Grenadiers)

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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