UAE Tour: Watch the daily highlights

STAGE 7 | Saturday 27 Feb

147km from Yas Mall to Abu Dhabi Breakwater

This was a hugely eventful Stage 7 of the UAE Tour to round off the 2021 edition of the race! A split in the bunch almost saw a repeat of the echelon chaos that made Stage 1 so entertaining, before a crash involving GC contender Adam Yates produced another twist. The day climaxed with the expected bunch sprint finish, as Caleb Ewan and Sam Bennett went head-to-head on the final stage. This is one not to miss!

STAGE 6 | Friday 26 Feb

165km from Dubai – Deira Islands to Dubai – Palm Jumeriah

With the GC battle all but wrapped up, the sprinters returned to the fore on Stage 6 of the UAE Tour for the first of back-to-back sprint days. Sam Bennett was the favourite for victory after winning Stage 4 but faced stiff competition from the likes of Caleb Ewan, Pascal Ackermann, Elia Viviani and breakthrough star David Dekker. Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah was the setting for what proved to be a tense and fiercely fought finish.

STAGE 5 | Thursday 25 Feb

170 from Fujairah Intl Marine Club to Jebel Jais

With the top three separated by just 63 seconds and only two sprint stages remaining afterwards, the overall winner of the 2021 UAE Tour was set to be decided on Stage 5’s summit finish on Jebel Jais. Tadej Pogačar went into the day in the leader’s red jersey, 43 seconds ahead of second-placed Adam Yates and a further 20 seconds in front of third-placed João Almeida. Stage honours were also up for grabs and a thrilling battle played out between the breakaway and chasing peloton. Watch the best of the action from a crucial day’s racing.

STAGE 4 | Wednesday 24 Feb

204km from Al Marjan Island and back

Having been denied a chance of victory on Stage 1 by crosswinds, the sprinters lined up for their next big opportunity on Stage 4 of the UAE Tour – and they did not disappoint. Sam Bennett, Caleb Ewan, Pascal Ackermann were among the fast men going head to head and they delivered an electrifying spectacle in which strategy and positioning played just as important a role as speed and power. There was also a surprise podium finish for one of the up-and-coming young stars of sprinting.

STAGE 3 | Tuesday 23 Feb

166km from Al Ain Strata Manufacturing to Jebel Hafeet

STAGE 2 | Monday 22 Feb

16km Time Trial at Al Hudayriyat Island

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) claimed his eighth consecutive time trial victory to remain unbeaten in his specialty for a whole year as he won Stage 2 ahead of Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) and Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) on Al Hudayriyat Island. Fourth on the day, Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) moved into the lead of the General Classification with a 5’’ advantage over João Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step) ahead of tomorrow’s summit finish on Jebel Hafeet.

STAGE 1 | Sunday 21 Feb

176km from Al Dhafra Castle to Al Mirfa

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) has won Stage 1, the ADNOC Stage, of the third edition of the UAE Tour, ahead of David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma) and Michael Mørkøv (Deceuninck – Quick-Step). Van der Poel is now the leader of the GC and has been awarded the Red Jersey and Green Jersey. The stage was characterized by strong winds that split the peloton into several groups. João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) won the stage’s two intermediate sprints and gained a 6” time bonus by doing so. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) sprinted to second place in the second intermediate sprint, gaining a 2” time bonus.

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