S2 Tour of the UAE: No one beats the timing king, Pogačar replaces the red jersey

On February 22, the second stage of the Tour of UAE ended. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Team) played steadily and once again became the focus of the audience, winning the stage with a lead of 13.32 seconds. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) trailed Filippo Ganna by 23.57 seconds and won the fourth place of the stage. After the race, he won the overall lead red jersey and best young rider white jersey, leading João Almeida (Deceuninck -Quick-Step) 5 seconds.


▲ Pure flat road ITT, only 13km long, riders need to make full use of this short route


Regrettably, a staff member of the Alpecin-Fenix ​​fleet tested positive for the new crown in a comprehensive test on the evening of the 21st. The organizer and the UAE health authorities immediately intervened to isolate the infected and close contacts and avoid the incident. expand. Therefore, the team reached a consensus with the organizer that all members of the team will retire to protect the safety of other people on the field. The team members will continue to be isolated and tested in the next few days.

For an intercontinental team, retiring will not bring much loss. Mathieu van der Poel also quickly adjusted his goals and started preparing for the next race. After all, Mathieu van der Poel defeated a group of top riders in the first World Tour of the year, which is enough to prove his strength. In addition, the attitude of the organizers of the Tour of the UAE towards epidemic prevention is also commendable. In case of emergencies, the epidemic prevention plan can be quickly launched, which is worth learning from other event organizers.


▲David Dekker wore a red jersey to play


The riders started off one after another. Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) took the hot seat with a time of 14 minutes and 17 seconds, and was soon driven off by Stefan Bissegger (EF Education) with a 7-second advantage. The latter's hot seat remained for a while. time. Among the GC riders, Chris Froome took 15 minutes and 32 seconds, Lutsenko 14 minutes and 53 seconds, Adam Yates 14 minutes and 54 seconds, and Vincenzo Nibali 14 minutes and 55 seconds. Their results were not ideal, and everyone in the room was waiting. The appearance of Filippo Ganna.

Filippo Ganna once again demonstrated the demeanor of the time trial king, launching an impact towards his eight-game winning streak. The ITT world champion broke the record for the fastest timing point, almost catching up with Vincenzo Nibali before the finish line, and finally locked the stage champion with a time of 13 minutes and 56 seconds. At the same time, he was the only one who finished the race within 14 minutes. The rider is horrible.

Tadej Pogačar played steadily and finished the game in 14 minutes and 20 seconds and finally finished fourth in the stage. João Almeida also performed well, finishing sixth in 14 minutes and 26 seconds. After the race, Tadej Pogačar will wear a red shirt for overall results and a white shirt for the best young rider, while João Almeida will receive a green shirt for sprinting and keep the black shirt for sprint points on the way. The total score difference between the two is only 5 seconds.


Top three of the stage
1. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Team), average speed 55.981km/h
2. Stefan Bissegger (EF Education)
3. Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates)


Four-color jersey
Overall red shirt: Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
Sprint green shirt: João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
Best young rider in white shirt: Tadej Pogačar
Sprint points black shirt on the way: João Almeida


Highlights of the tournament

▲The schedule is short, but warming up is very important

▲Unique city skyline in the Middle East


▲João Almeida finished sixth in the second stage and his performance was fair


▲Filippo Ganna warmed up in a normal team uniform and a large group helmet


▲The start of the game

▲Filippo Ganna's performance eclipsed all the other riders present

▲As Mathieu van der Poel retired from the game, David Dekker, who had the second overall score before the game, played in a red shirt, but he only finished 58th in the time trial.

▲Who else can beat Filippo Ganna in the time trial?


▲Tadej Pogačar succeeded in taking the position, 5 seconds ahead of João Almeida


▲João Almeida leads his teammate Cataneo by 13 seconds, ranking second in the total score



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