News | UAE Tour • February 23, 2022
Pogačar soars to victory on Jebel Jais
Slovenian prevails on the stage and is the new leader of the general
On his fourth day of competition in 2022, Tadej Pogačar has already written the first chapter of the book of personal seasonal victories, and the 31st victory of his career.
The captain of UAE Team Emirates won the 4th stage of the UAE Tour, imposing himself on the uphill finish of Jebel Jais (climb of 18.8 km at 5.7% average gradient), a finish where last year he was second to Jonas Vingegaard.
This year, the success did not escape Pogačar, who successful completing the great work of the entire Emirati team in the best possible way.
After narrowing down of the group, the Slovenian, with a sprint in view of the finish line, outmanoeuvred Adam Yates (Ineos-Grenadiers) and Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-hansgrohe) , climbing to first place in the general classification of the UAE Tour ( Ganna 2nd to 2”, Vlasov 3rd to 13”).
UAE Team Emirates, which also has João Almeida in 6th place in the overall ranking (+28 “), now takes their 6th win of the season.
Pogačar: “I always like to win, having succeeded makes this day beautiful for me and for the team. As a team we rode well, also trying to move with João and Rafal: the latter was the strongest climber of the group today.
João and Rafal were also excellent in the final in launching me towards the sprint, the victory pays off all the work done in the past months, it’s great to start the season like this.
Despite all the attacks that followed one another uphill, I saw that practically all the big names of the race remained in the leading group, so I checked that we reached the final with the compact group, since I knew it would not be possible to go solo I decided to wait for the sprint.
Already in training, even after recovering from Covid-19, the sensations were very good, but in the race everything can be different; the period of the illness was not so heavy for me thankfully . I had the support of the team, they helped me and gave me peace of mind: also for this reason, today’s result is the result of an overall work of the whole team. Having a team like this gives you goosebumps “.
For the 5th stage, the Ras al Khaimah Corniche-Al Marjan Island (182 km), the sprinters will be back in action.
Order of arrival 4th stage
1. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 4h49’24 “
2. Adam Yates (Ineos-Grenadiers) s.t.
3. Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-hansgrohe) s.t.
General classification after the 4th stage
1. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) 14h02’34 “
2. Filippo Ganna (Ineos-Grenadiers) +2 ”
3. Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-hansgrohe) +13 ”
6. João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) +28 “