S3 in the Tour of UAE: the stubbornness of rim brakes, Pogačar assaulted to the top
On February 23, the third stage of the Tour of UAE ended. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) in the final climb withstood Adam Yates (INEOS Team)'s continuous acceleration offensive, took the first step to the top of Jefel Hafeet, and expanded his overall lead.
▲The competition consists of 155km flat road and 10.8km climbing. The average slope of the climbing section is 5.4%, the maximum slope is 11%, and the total climb is 928m.
At the beginning of the race, the big group seemed to have not woken up yet, leaving Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Tony Gallopin (AG2R Citroën Team) to fly away. The two breakout riders knew that they could not hold on to the final climb, so they worked hard. At Pinglu attracted the attention of the audience, the lead was once close to 7 minutes. However, entering the last 100km, the main group broke away from the headwind and greeted the crosswind. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Team) led the team to accelerate, and the main group finally began to pursue the pursuit. Each team wanted to occupy a favorable position in front of the group.
As the direction of travel changed, the main group finally waited for a tailwind. The lead of the breakout rider swayed between 2 minutes and 4 minutes. When Tony Gallopin took Thomas De Gendt through the sprint point on the way, the race entered the final 13.5km. The main group is only 1 minute and 35 seconds behind. Entering the climbing section, UAE Team Emirates continued to lead the ride, and took back Tony Gallopin who was still insisting in the last 8.3km. The battle between the GC riders was about to begin.
In the last 6.9km, Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) launched a wave of offense and successfully screened out a group of competitors for Tadej Pogačar, and Chris Froome and others fell behind. Soon after, the INEOS Team took the lead. They wanted to recreate the glory of last year's third stage of the Tour of UAE for Adam Yates. After constant attacks and pulling, the leading rider was reduced to Sepp Kuss, Adam Yates and Tadej Pogačar. Then Sepp Kuss fell behind and the game entered a one-on-one heads-up matchup between Adam Yates and Tadej Pogačar.
History is similar. In the third stage of the Tour of the UAE last year, Adam Yates beat Tadej Pogačar in the final climb of 1 minute and 3 seconds, and finally secured the championship. After a year of training, Tadej Pogačar's strength has improved by leaps and bounds, and it can be said that it is very difficult for Adam Yates to defeat this rider who is 6 years younger than him.
With 1.5km left to the finish line, the leading two had already left the chasing group for 40 seconds. The outcome was undecided, and the battle continued. A few hundred meters later, Adam Yates tried many times to get rid of Tadej Pogačar without success, but just before the end of the inconspicuous downhill, Adam Yates slackened, Tadej Pogačar found the right time to start and accelerate, and an instant overtake.
Success or failure in one fell swoop, the two passed the last two narrow corners, Tadej Pogačar crazy output, no room for Adam Yates to counterattack. In the end, Tadej Pogačar took the lead to cross the line, winning the stage championship and a 10-second time reduction, consolidating his lead in overall results. Adam Yates finished second with 6 seconds off, and the gap widened to 43 seconds. João Almeida crossed the line in sixth place, 1 minute 3 seconds behind Tadej Pogačar.
After the race, Tadej Pogačar said in an interview: "I am very proud and happy to win. Today I want to give the team a big thank you. They really protected me in the windy section. I feel good and I know that Adam Yates is very strong. , So I struggled a little behind him, always retaining the maximum output power for emergencies."
It is worth mentioning that Tadej Pogačar chose the lap brake type in the third stage, and his teammates still use disc brakes. In the final climb, Adam Yates also rode lap brakes. The battle between the two makes it feel like returning to the years when disc brakes were not widely available. Today, when disc brakes are popular, Tadej Pogačar won the championship with a rim brake type. Perhaps this is the stubbornness of the rim brake party.
Top three of the stage
1. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), average speed 41.746km/h
2. Adam Yates (INEOS Team)
3. Sergio Higuita (EF Education Team)
Top three in total
1. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
2. Adam Yates (INEOS Team) +43 seconds
3. João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +1 minute 3 seconds
Overall score red jersey: Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
Sprint green jersey: Tadej Pogačar
Best young rider white jersey: Tadej Pogačar
Sprint points black jersey: João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
Highlights of the tournament
▲Alejandro Valverde lost to young riders on the field, but still standing here deserves our respect
▲Will João Almeida be one of the main riders of Deceuninck-Quick-Step team in the future?
▲Two people in UAE Team Emirates chose to use rim brakes to play, which can save a lot of weight without considering wind resistance
▲GC riders began to screen leading groups
▲Sepp Kuss barely kept up, but still "lost to two rim brakes"
▲The two establish a stable lead
▲Even if Tadej Pogačar did not overtake on the downhill, his sprint ability would not lose to Adam Yates
▲There is only one stage left to climb, there is not much time left for the British