UAE Tour 2019

February 24 - March 2, Al Hudayriat, UAE, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Barry Ryan

UAE Tour 2019 start list
UAE Tour stage 3: Valverde wins atop Jebel Hafeet
Nibali pays the price in UAE Tour
Dan Martin hampered by side stitch
Roglic extends overall lead

Primoz Roglic retained the race leader's jersey
 

  1. 105km remaining from 197km

    13:58:01 GST

    As we pick up the action, a break of six riders has a lead of 7:30 over the peloton. The group forged clear in the opening kilometres and contains no fewer than three Gazprom-Rusvelo riders: Igor Boev, Artem Nych and Stepan Kurianov. Will Clarke (Trek-Segafredo), Alessandro De Marchi (CCC) and Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk) are also in this move.

  2. 14:02:33 GST

    In the last number of kilometres, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has abandoned the race. The Belgian, who is in his first year out of the junior ranks, placed a fine 15th on yesterday's summit finish, but he withdrew from the race after 85km today.

     

  3. 14:05:51 GST

    The general classification picture was as follows before today's stage, which finishes with the 1km kick up to Hatta Dam, and features some undulations in the finale.

     

    1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 9:38:05
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:14
    3 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:31
    4 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:39
    5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:47
    6 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:54
    7 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:57
    8 Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team 0:01:05
    9 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:07
    10 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:08

     

  4. 97km remaining from 197km

    14:06:33 GST

    The break and peloton are safely through the feed zone, and the gap has nudged up once more to 7:50.

     

  5. 92km remaining from 197km

    14:12:12 GST

    Movistar are present in numbers at the head of the peloton, a signal of Alejandro Valverde's intentions for today's punchy finale. Race leader Primoz Roglic has a Jumbo-Visma teammate contributing to the pacemaking at the front, as does David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ). For the time being, there is no particular urgency in the bunch's pursuit.

     

  6. 14:18:11 GST

    Deceuninck-QuickStep have confirmed that Remco Evenepoel's abandon was the consequence of a crash during today's stage.

     

  7. 14:26:54 GST

    The UAE Tour is a major early season goal for UAE Team Emirates, whose squad here includes Dan Martin, Rui Costa, Alexander Kristoff and Fernando Gaviria. Martin placed 5th on yesterday's summit finish and lies 6th overall. "It's basically a sprint up the climb. I got stitch there in the end and I couldn't breathe. It was just from the type of effort that it is. It's so early in the season to be doing that type of thing," Martin said afterwards. Sadhbh O'Shea has the full story here.

    Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) at the finish, in fifth place, of stage 3 UAE Tour

     

  8. 76km remaining from 197km

    14:39:11 GST

    There is a sharp rise in the pace in the peloton as Bahrain-Merida power to the front, hoping to force some echelons, and the break's lead has dropped accordingly. The gap is down to 5:50.

     

  9. 73km remaining from 197km

    14:43:07 GST

    The peloton hasn't split but the intensity has gone up a notch or two. Jumbo-Visma are on the front bringing some order to affairs, but the GC contenders are moving up behind them.

     

  10. 70km remaining from 197km

    14:46:07 GST

    The sand being blowing across the road demonstrates the strength of the crosswinds on this portion of the route. The GC men will need to be vigilant here. Jumbo-Visma and Movistar are well represented at the head of the peloton.

     

  11. 67km remaining from 197km

    14:48:08 GST

    The break's lead is dropping rapidly as the speed remains high in the peloton. 4:30 the gap.

     

  12. 61km remaining from 197km

    14:56:11 GST

    Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) carries a 14-second lead over Valverde in the overall standings, and he is mindful of the threat posed by the world champion. "We have to fight every day and stay focused until now and then of course we can be happy," Roglic said yesterday. Read more here.

    Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) during stage 3 UAE Tour, jumps ahead of the final climb of the day

     

     

  13. 59km remaining from 197km

    14:58:19 GST

    The escapees are riding through a section of brisk crosswind, with sand being whisked across the road and into their faces. The peloton will be on the same stretch of road in 4 minutes or so. The risk of splits is obvious.

     

  14. 14:59:43 GST

    Groupama-FDJ, Sunweb and Jumbo-Visma are all prominent at the head of the peloton as it rides into something of a sandstorm.

     

  15. 48km remaining from 197km

    15:13:01 GST

    As anticipated, the peloton has split into two or perhaps three distinct groups as a result of this crosswind section. The front of the bunch is 3:20 down on the break, while the back-markers are at 3:50.

     

  16. 45km remaining from 197km

    15:14:16 GST

    Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin and Alejandro Valverde are all safely in the front part of this split in the peloton. Dan Martin, Richie Porte, Caleb Ewan and Bauke Mollema are among those caught behind.

     

  17. 44km remaining from 197km

    15:15:31 GST

    The first and second parts of the peloton have merged into one larger group, They are 3 minutes down on the break and 25 seconds up on the Dan Martin group. 

     

  18. 15:17:37 GST

    A visibly frustrated Valverde gesticulates furiously over an apparent lack of collaboration from Jumbo-Visma in this front part of the peloton. If the chasing group can organise themselves, they have a chance of shutting down this gap.

     

  19. 15:20:13 GST

    Movistar set the pace at the head of the peloton, with Valverde in fifth wheel. Up ahead, meanwhile, Kurianov has dropped out of the break, leaving five riders out in front: Igor Boev, Artem Nych (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Will Clarke (Trek-Segafredo), Alessandro De Marchi (CCC) and Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk)

     

  20. 40km remaining from 197km

    15:21:58 GST

    The two parts of the peloton have merged once again, and there is a brief lull in the pace. The bunch is 2:50 down on the five escapees in front.

     

  21. 15:24:54 GST

    Jumbo-Visma take over on the head of the peloton. The swings into ever more undulating terrain over the final 40km before that stiff rise to Hatta Dam. Sonny Colbrelli won at Hatta Dam a year ago in the Dubai Tour. The other previous winners at Hatta are Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb and Juan Jose Lobato.

     

  22. 34km remaining from 197km

    15:27:42 GST

    Will Clarke has opened a small gap over his breakaway companions, but De Marchi and Planet are working to peg him back.

     

  23. 31km remaining from 197km

    15:30:41 GST

    Lotto Soudal and Bahrain-Merida are now prominent at the head of the peloton, which is 3:24 down on the remaining escapees.

     

  24. 29km remaining from 197km

    15:33:56 GST

    Inside the final 30 kilometres, the break's lead has fallen below 3 minutes. The five escapees remain committed to the move, but it is hard to picture them holding off a peloton where a broad coalition of interests is working together.

     

  25. 26km remaining from 197km

    15:38:08 GST

    Movistar have returned to the head of the peloton as seconds continue to melt from the break's advantage. The gap is now at 2:33.

     

  26. 23km remaining from 197km

    15:42:07 GST

    The break's lead drops below two minutes for the first time as Movistar continue to pile on the pressure at the head of the bunch. 

     

  27. 20km remaining from 197km

    15:46:22 GST

    There is relative calm in the peloton as they enter the final 20km. Movistar are dictating the pace, drawing them ever closer to the five escapees.

     

  28. 18km remaining from 197km

    15:49:59 GST

    UAE Team Emirates are also contributing to the pursuit of the five leaders, and the gap has dropped to 42 seconds.

     

  29. 15km remaining from 197km

    15:52:54 GST

    The unity of the break is fragmenting as Will Clarke attempts to press on alone once again. De Marchi is trying to bridge across.

     

  30. 14km remaining from 197km

    15:53:43 GST

    Clarke, De Marchi and Nych have gone clear of Planet and Boev. This trio has 48 seconds in hand on the peloton.

     

  31. 15:56:56 GST

    Planet has been caught by the peloton, which is being led by Movistar and Astana. A delegation from Sunweb is also moving up with intent as the bunch tackles the rippling series of inclines that pepper the run-in to the that short, sharp haul to the Hatta Dam. The gradient pitches up to 17% in the final kilometre, but it's a curious kind of finish that offers a chance to sprinters like Gaviria as well as to riders like Valverde.

     

  32. 12km remaining from 197km

    15:58:11 GST

    De Marchi accelerates from the break as the gradient bites on one of these inclines, and the Italian is edging his way clear of Clarke and Nych.

     

  33. 15:59:36 GST

    • Attack

    Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale) attacks from the peloton on the same hill, and he is bridging across to Clarke and Nych.

     

  34. 16:00:44 GST

    Bouchard is joined by Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb). They have caught and passed Clarke and Nych and are 17 seconds down on De Marchi as they reach the top of the hill.

     

  35. 10km remaining from 197km

    16:01:52 GST

    Dumoulin is pedalling smoothly, and Bouchard is struggling to follow. They are closing in on De Marchi, but the bunch is breathing down upon them.

     

  36. 16:02:58 GST

    Dumoulin is alone at the front of the race after dropping Bouchard and then catching and passing De Marchi. The Dutchman has a handful of seconds in hand on the peloton and is showing no sings of relenting.

     

  37. 9km remaining from 197km

    16:03:46 GST

    Dumoulin is committed to his effort but his lead is just 5 seconds over a bunch that is being led by Tony Martin. This is quite a drag race between two former time trial world champions.

     

  38. 8km remaining from 197km

    16:04:53 GST

    Dumoulin has extended his lead slightly to 8 seconds, but he'll need a bigger buffer before that final kick to the line if he is to stay clear.

     

  39. 16:05:47 GST

    Tony Martin continues to lead the bunch for Jumbo-Visma. He's clawed a second or two from Dumoulin's advantage, but the Sunweb rider remains committed.

     

  40. 16:06:53 GST

    • Crash

    A crash near the front of the peloton sees a number of riders come down. Valverde was caught up in the incident and is chasing back on. It seems Gaudu went down in the crash, and there could be a significant reshuffling of the GC as a result.

     

  41. 16:08:01 GST

    Valverde looks like he'll make contact with the rear of the bunch, but it will be a frantic chase. Gaudu is also on his bike and chasing. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) are also among those caught behind and chasing back on.

     

  42. 5km remaining from 197km

    16:08:44 GST

    CCC set the tempo in the very reduced peloton for Paddy Bevin. Primoz Roglic is in this front group, which has caught Dumoulin.

     

  43. 4km remaining from 197km

    16:09:43 GST

    Valverde and Gaviria have almost made contact with this leading group, which is still being led by CCC.

     

  44. 3km remaining from 197km

    16:10:38 GST

    David Gaudu has also made it back on to the very rear of the peloton. CCC continue to set the pace.

     

  45. 16:11:24 GST

    Bernhard Eisel takes over on the front for Dimension Data. Caleb Ewan is present in here for Lotto Soudal. Valverde is moving towards the front of the group, as are Gaviria and Dan Martin.

     

  46. 2km remaining from 197km

    16:12:08 GST

    Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) is also in this front group, where there is a real scramble for positions ahead of the kick up to Hatta Dam.

     

  47. 1km remaining from 197km

    16:13:16 GST

    Team Sky lead into the final kilometre on behalf of Kwiatkowski.

     

  48. 16:13:38 GST

    Gaudu is distanced inside the final kilometre. It is unclear if he is the victim of a mechanical incident.

     

  49. 16:14:04 GST

    UAE Team Emirates take over at the front of the peloton with 600 metres to go.

     

  50. 16:14:35 GST

    Alexander Kristoff opens the sprint, then Matteo Moschetti goes...

     

  51. 16:15:03 GST

    Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) hits the front...

     

  52. 16:15:26 GST

    Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 4 of the UAE Tour.

     

  53. 16:19:36 GST

    Roglic defends his red jersey after placing third - or possibly even second - on the stage. He may just have pipped Moschetti to second on the line. Either way, he extends his overall lead with a time bonus.

     

  54. 16:21:31 GST

    That's Caleb Ewan's first win for Lotto Soudal. "I knew coming in this uphill finish might be the best chance of a win with all the fast sprinters here this week. It's always hard to get the first win of the year and with the change of teams and everything, it's good to get the first one in the bag. Hopefully this gets the ball rolling for the year."

     

  55. 16:22:56 GST

    Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) took second just ahead of Roglic, both riders coming in 2 seconds down. Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale) was 4th at 5 seconds, ahead of Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) and Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb). Valverde was 8th on the stage, also 5 seconds down.

     

  56. 16:25:29 GST

    Result:

     

    1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 4:27:07
    2 Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 00:00:02
    3 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
    4 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 00:00:05
    5 Luke Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
    6 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb
    7 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
    8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
    9 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
    10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
     

     

  57. 16:27:58 GST

    Alexander Kristoff ended up walking across the finish line after appearing to unship his chain in the final metres, though he was already long removed from contention for the win by that point.

     

  58. 16:30:23 GST

    Gaudu rolled in 1:30 down on Ewan, but it's not clear if he was dropped as a result of a mechanical problem. Hence there has been a delay in the release of the updated general classification after stage 4. The one certainty is that Roglic remains in red with an augmented buffer over Valverde.

     

  59. 16:32:34 GST

    Gaudu has been awarded the same time as the Valverde group, and will remain in third place overall, albeit now 38 seconds down on Roglic.

     

  60. 16:35:41 GST

    General classification: 

    1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 14:05:10
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:21
    3 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 00:00:38
    4 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:00:46
    5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb 00:00:54
    6 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 00:01:01
    7 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb 00:01:04
    8 Victor de la Parte (Spa) CCC 00:01:12
    9 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 00:01:14
    10 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:01:15

     

  61. 16:52:31 GST

    Roglic pays tribute to Ewan’s victory: “He’s a really, really fast guy. We all saw him and there was enough space but we could go no faster on this climb.” The Slovenian now has a 21-second lead on GC. “Tomorrow and the last day are more for the sprinters and Friday will be the hardest day, but there can always be unexpected things like crashes.”

     

  62. 16:53:15 GST

    David Gaudu has confirmed that he needed to change his wheel with 2km to go, which meant that he was awarded the same time as the peloton and remains in third overall.

     

  63. 16:53:54 GST

    Caleb Ewan celebrates his first victory for Lotto Soudal

     

  64. 17:15:16 GST

    Joy for Ewan on Hatta Dam

     

  65. 17:16:14 GST

    Matteo Moschetti pips Primoz Roglic for second place

     

  66. 17:43:57 GST

    Result:

    1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 4:27:07
    2 Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:02
    3 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
    4 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:05
    5 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
    6 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb
    7 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
    8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
    9 Marco Haller (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin
    10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo

     

    General Classification after stage 4:

    1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 14:05:10
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 0:00:21
    3 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:38
    4 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:46
    5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb 0:00:54
    6 Daniel Martin (Ire) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:01
    7 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb 0:01:04
    8 Victor de la Parte (Spa) CCC Team 0:01:12
    9 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:14
    10 Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:15

     

  67. 17:44:56 GST

    Thanks for following our live coverage of stage 4 of the UAE Tour. We'll be back with more tomorrow. In the meantime, you'll find a full report, results and pictures here, while Sadhbh O'Shea will have all the news and reaction from Hatta Dam.

     

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