News | UAE Tour • February 26, 2020
Gaviria 2nd in fast sprint to Dubai
Colombian comes close to victory on stage 4
Fernando Gaviria sprinted to a runner-up spot on stage 4 of the UAE Tour from Zabeel Park to Dubai City Walk (173k).
UAE Team Emirates worked to bring Gaviria to the front on the fast approach dropping him off to take the last technical bend at 500 metres close to the front before the sprint opened up.
With a world class sprinting field present in UAE, it was Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo Visma) who took the spoils with Gaviria just half a wheel behind the Dutchman. Gaviria will now look to Stage 6 which will be the last showdown for the fast-men.
Tadej Pogačar remains second overall and wears the white jersey as the leader of the young rider classification.
Stage 5 tomorrow will see the race return to the hills as the riders go from Al Ain to Jebel Hafeet (162k) which will likely decide the overall classification.
Gaviria : “It was a fast stage with a tail wind for most of the day. The team worked well together and were always by my side. We went for the win and we came very close. The level of sprinters here is very high so I’m pleased with my result and it gives me confidence for the next sprint to know that the form is there.”
Stage 4 results
1.Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) 4h16’13’’
2.Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) +0’’
3. Pascal Ackermann (Bora hansgrohe) +0’’
General Classification after stage 4
1.Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott) 16h46’15’’
2.Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) +1’07’’
3. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) +1’35’’